Shaping Stadiums Into Secure Venues

Shaping Stadiums Into Secure Venues

Security providers share their work with international stadiums, revealing how their solutions have bettered the venue's safety as well as the overall experience for spectators.


Stadiums today demand integrated security solutions that facilitate the cooperation of all relevant agents, including police, venue managers and personnel, emergency management, traffic control centers, vendors and so on. It is plain, therefore, that large-scale stadiums need to implement comprehensive video and access control solutions that can monitor the premises for threats, and allow only authorized individuals to enter the venue.


Mobotix Keeps an Eye on Fritz-Walter Stadium
During the 2006 World Cup Championship in Germany, the Fritz-Walter Stadium in Kaiserslautern was one of the 12 World Cup Cities to host the games. The football frenzy in Kaiserslautern was not only restricted to native Kaiserslautern football fans, it imbued visiting football fans from all around the world. A total of almost a quarter of a million visitors were present during the five games in the Fritz-Walter Stadium. To ensure the safety and security of the football fans during the World Cup, 77 Mobotix cameras were installed in the stadium.


Keeping Track
As local police demanded visible access to the stadium but wished to avoid making people feel uncomfortable, it was vital that they maintained an overview of the situation at all times. To do so, they needed highly detailed images of the situation on location to be able to recognize possible disturbances early, and make the right decisions quickly. Mobotix megapixel cameras were chosen to be the eyes of the Fritz-Walter Stadium. With the ability to record images of individuals clear enough to serve as evidence (one of the stipulations made by the police), the cameras were positioned in entrances to monitor turnstiles as well as other inside areas.


Video Management System
Third-party video management systems were not required to manage all 87 cameras (including PTZ dome and megapixel cameras supplied by other vendors) because all necessary applications were included with the standard functions of the Mobotix cameras and its control center program.


Responding to strict requirements from local police, Mobotix added a number of different features to its program, including convenient preview windows that allowed for a quick look at the camera's field of view, with color-coded soft buttons to simplify the management of cameras. Additionally, images received from several cameras could be displayed live on one screen at any given time, supported by a high frame rate. The IP infrastructure made it easy to access all camera images remotely, via the Internet, from third party agencies such as the traffic control center or police headquarters.


Cost Effectiveness
Mobotix was chosen for the Fritz-Walter Stadium because itsIP infrastructure reduced costs of installing extra cables. Its cameras were designed to be robust and demand low maintenance. As a result, the cameras required no heating in the winter and consumed very little power.


The head of the stadium security team had nothing but praise for the new video surveillance system.


Dallmeier Electronic Secures Josy-Barthel Stadium
Dallmeier enhanced Luxmburg's football fans' experience with its IP based video surveillance system at the Josy-Barthel Stadium. Josy-Barthel Stadium is the national football stadium of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, accomodating up to 8,200 spectators and hosting both international and national football matches.


In with the New
Previously, the Josy-Barthel Stadium operated with a video surveillance system that still used tape recorders. The system's image quality and functionality were simply no longer sufficient for law enforcement applications, and were especially hindered by the frequent panning movements of the PTZ cameras. With Dallmeier's new system in place, events at the stadium can now be recorded at 25 frames per second, locating individuals and magnifying them up to the size of a passport photograph.


The system's flexibility and network capability allowed all recorded images during events to be transmitted directly to local police headquarters, where the general situation could be monitored live and coordinated at all times. If riots seemed imminent, local police could react immediately and intervene. With the appropriate software, live picture transmission, backup, virtual tours or synchronizations were amongst the functions that made the video surveillance system easy to monitor.


Dallmeier 's high failure safety was another commendable feature; since audio and video recording took place directly at the video recorder, it was network independent. In other words, should the network fail, recording would continue unaffected.


Open Systems
The management team of Josy-Barthel Stadium was highly satisfied with Dallmeier 's video surveillance system. Its open architecture has already allowed the integration of existing cameras into the new system, involving a significant cost advantage. Owing to the system's high flexibility, future expansions or adjustments can also be easily made.


Avigilon Zooms in on Canberra Stadium
Built in 1977, Canberra Stadium has been twice renovated in an ongoing effort to become a leading international venue. The stadium currently hosts more than 30 sporting events each year and has the capacity to seat between 25,000 to 28,000 spectators. To reduce the number of crowd outbursts, improve public safety and secure cash handling procedures, Canberra Stadium needed to upgrade to an advanced video surveillance system to effectively monitor and secure the venue.


To this end, the stadium upgraded their surveillance from an ineffective analog system to Avigilon's performance-driven megapixel surveillance system to monitor all venue entrance and exit points.


Delivering High Quality Image
Canberra Stadium installed 11 Avigilon cameras, ranging from four to 16 megapixels, running 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. One of the 16 megapixel cameras exclusively monitors the tunnel where players and referees enter and exit the field, to prevent past issues such as patrons throwing cans or spitting on players passing through. The cameras are also equipped with powerful zooming capabilities to capture precise image details, allowing security personnel to instantly identify details necessary for positive identification, leading to faster response times and better overall protection. For exceptional coverage, the 16 megapixel camera covers an arc of 180 meters from left to right, and 150 meters from back to front.


To monitor patrons and vehicles, Avigilon's surveillance system also includes facial and license plate recognition capabilities. If the stadium is in a lock-down situation, security personnel can rely on the surveillance system to capture clear images of license plates and vehicle registration numbers to permit or deny access to specific vehicles, further enhancing overall venue security. The stadium manages the system using Avigilon's control center software that that can store up to 30 days of continuous footage with an NVR.


Return on Investment
With image clarity and scope, Avigilon's surveillance system delivered a 110 percent performance improvement over the previous system. The stadium has achieved immense cost savings, including a 10 to 15 percent reduction in personnel –US$ 22,500 saved each year – to monitor protected areas on event days. With improved surveillance, Canberra Stadium can also reduce the cost of damages associated with patron outbursts.


Zucchetti Authorizes Access at Stadio Olimpico
Responding to tighter stadium legislation in Italy, the Olympic Stadium in Rome chose Zucchetti Group to carry out important interventions in structural security for access control. The stadium, built in 1937 and renovated just last year, will host the UEFA Champions League Final in 2009.


With the capacity to seat an incredible 72,700 spectators, Stadio Olimpico turned its attention to mitigate threats of hooliganism, a mounting problem demanding more secure access control solutions. To this end, Zucchetti was selected for its reliable, easy to use and cost effective access control solutions, including turnstiles, multi-technology ticket readers, real-time connection between the access control and ticketing systems, and rapid processing for admitting spectators (up to 800 individual entries per hour). These solutions stand guard in areas of fencing, turnstiles, VIP booths and special access entries for disabled peoples. The solution is fully integrated for stadium attendance management, with automatic management of turnstiles operated by means of dedicated hardware components and its related software applications.


Winning Points
Zucchetti's comprehensive access control solution is in full compliance with Italian and European standards and commended for its functionality and customer services.

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