Lagoon Park grows all-Panasonic video surveillance solution

Lagoon Park grows all-Panasonic video surveillance solution
When Lagoon Park in Farmington, Utah closed its gates for the season in November, it was hardly lights out. Instead, it was the start of a major update of the park’s security and surveillance infrastructure to support its goal of migrating to an all IP-based Panasonic solution.

With the challenge of a vast landscape and people and property to protect, the park continues to turn to the advantages of high definition video with the deployment of high-resolution cameras.

Located 15 miles north of Salt Lake City, the 130 year-old park continues to expand adding rides, attractions, entertainment and restaurants. It now boasts 10 roller coasters including some of the most unique coasters in the country. Lagoon Park also includes Lagoon A Beach waterpark, Pioneer Village and Lagoon’s R.V. Park and Campground located on adjacent acreage.

Steady analog to IP migration
The existing Panasonic analog system has been in place since the park’s first surveillance solution rollout, some 25 years ago. Over the past decade, the security system has grown in sophistication and serves the park well, but now the park has decided it’s time to continue on an all-Panasonic path to IP. 

During the 2015 to 2016 winter months, Wright will continue the overhaul of the Panasonic surveillance solution. Currently, the park has about 600 cameras – 80 percent analog and 20 percent IP, with the analog side to shift increasingly to networked technology over the next few years. Once the park reopens in spring 2016, there will be about 1,000 operating cameras. Some 500 existing analog cameras will be converted to network-capable surveillance either with 4K cameras, i-PRO ULTRA 360-degree panoramic cameras, or with the installation of encoders to convert analog signals to digital. Cameras models selected include WV-SW598 Super Dynamic weather resistant full HD PTZ dome network cameras; i-PRO WV-SC588 indoor dome PTZ IP cameras with HD 1080p; and i-PRO True 4K cameras.

As the size of the rollercoasters have grown, so have the number of cameras watching those attractions. The newest coaster, Cannibal, is a $26 million mega-coaster with more than 70 cameras installed in and around the structure. Another new rollercoaster, Wicked, cost $12 million and has about a dozen cameras providing a video record for safety, security and operations management.

One of the locations Wright is looking to install additional cameras is the parking lots, where they are planning to deploy some of Panasonic’s new cameras to address theft, property damage or other loss prevention incidents.

The park’s current surveillance matrix switching solution has been expertly engineered through the years for maximum efficiency and easily tailored along the way, says Wright. For example, the original matrix switcher will be swapped out in favor of the ASM970 video management system. And now, with the continued migration to IP this off-season, Wright said they look forward to the continued reliability, usability and scalability of the video surveillance system. He added that while the surveillance in the past has been used primarily in instances of theft or vandalism, now it is also leveraged for liability issues and safe ride operation.

Keeping Lagoon Park current with entertainment for guests is a priority, as well as providing the latest safety, security, operations and management with a total Panasonic systems solution.

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