Audio-video intercom from Castel has been installed at the €415 million Parc Olympique in Lyon, a sports stadium that hosted matches at UEFA Euro 2016. The 59,000-capacity venue in central France is the home ground of Olympique Lyonnais, which plays in the country’s top football division. Parc Olympique Lyonnais Parc Olympique Lyonnais boasts the most interconnected information systems for management and spectators in Europe. French telecom company Orange has built a private Wi-Fi network consisting of 500 routers that allow up to 20,000 people to be connected simultaneously. There are 350 IPTV (internet television) screens, enabling spectators to watch replays and view incidents from different angles. The stadium uses ninety audio-video intercom stations from Castel’s CAP IP suite. These full IP/SIP entry stations with Power over Ethernet (PoE) range from single to 10-button units. They feature colour cameras generating high-quality images with H.264 compression. They also benefit from a vandal-resistant 316 stainless steel fascia. The Wi-Fi intercom stations are at entrances, in the car parks, security zones and refuge areas. The breadth of the CAP IP offering meant that the client was able to choose the ideal model for each location in various parts of the stadium, as well as across the overall complex, which includes office space, a leisure centre, museum, and restaurants. Where there is a need for constant access by staff and authorised third parties, the stadium uses stations with built-in proximity readers. Access privileges can be adjusted on match days. Site-wide connectivity Castel responded to the need for connectivity by supplying its XELLIP Server Max, a full SIP intercom server to manage simultaneous audio or audio-video SIP calls. Calls and videos can be recorded and retained on a dedicated 1TB hard-drive partition. Ethernet network connection is achieved using 802.1X protocol (RADIUS) and there is integration with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Castel also enables SIP Intercom integration with Skype for Business. The embedded web server allows monitoring and operation from any browser The embedded web server allows monitoring and operation from any browser, but in the Lyon application there is centralised management by Security Center, the unified platform from Genetec. Castel and Genetec recently formed a technical alliance that gives security staff enhanced situational awareness, meaning they are able to identify, process and understand the critical elements of information about what is going on around them. Two-way video communication Vital elements of the Castel installation at the stadium are the full IP/SIP master stations. XE Desk-Screen V-P stations are used in central areas, including the security control room. They feature a colour video camera for two-way video communication. This can be invaluable if a visitor calling from an entry station requires assistance in navigating the 50-hectare site or has specific needs. The master stations have 4.3-inch TFT touchscreens with numerical keypads and function keys as well as four programmable keys. Atmane Bensghir is Business Development Manager UK & Ireland at Castel. He said: "The Lyon stadium is a new chapter in sports technology and Castel’s commitment to open systems contributed to the innovations. Current best practice shows that IT and intercom no longer need to be separated. Agile and adaptable vendors achieve convergence for their clients.” Microsoft App for refreshments The structural engineer for the Parc Olympique is VINCI, which is based in Paris, while the architect is the global practice, Populous, which specialises in sports facilities. Sports fans use a Microsoft app to select their seats, review highlights in play or even order food and drink from digitally connected sales outlets. Lyon is prospering at its new home ground and is currently fourth in Ligue 1. The club has also qualified for the current UEFA Champions League.
The Castel IP intercoms contribute to the centralisation of video and audio feeds for the campus security team The University of Huddersfield has installed two-way IP audio-video intercom from European IP intercom manufacturer Castel at its Queensgate Campus. The new system will manage the exit and entry of vehicles and visitors. The Queensgate site has seen investment of £100 million on infrastructure and resources over the past 10 years and Castel worked with installer Kenyon Access Consultants to enable university staff to communicate effectively with visitors before allowing them entry. Castel's XELLIP entry stations When they arrive at barriers, gates or bollards on the campus, drivers contact security officers using Castel's XELLIP one or two call button full IP/SIP entry stations. These are compliant with the Equality Act. The stations have a 316-grade stainless steel vandal-proof faceplate and are IP64-rated to withstand the elements or rain/water ingress. For certain locations, Castel created a modified housing on posts to meet specific mounting requirements. Crucially, these units are power over Ethernet (PoE), which meant that installers and site managers were able to use the existing twisted pair cabling to connect the entry stations to the IP network. (An optional external power supply is also available.) Integrated proximity readers The built-in colour camera uses H.264 compression technology and sound quality is enhanced by noise and echo-cancelling. There are three LEDs on the front panel and an integrated induction loop to comply with disability regulations. Some of the entry stations on the campus have been fitted with a 125 kHz MIFARE proximity reader so that staff and third parties can gain entry for their vehicles automatically. Atmane Bensghir is Business Development Manager at Castel. He said: "The university is using the entry stations in several non-standard ways. We helped the installer to place duplicate panels at different heights on the same post to maximise convenience, both for drivers of regular cars and for drivers sitting higher up in the cab of a commercial vehicle. Another unusual feature in the project is the use of our panels to lower retractable bollards." Milestone integration The university aims to achieve the widest possible exchange of information and the security team wanted IP intercom that would interact seamlessly with management systems on an open platform. With their popular codecs, the Castel IP intercoms will contribute to the centralisation of video and audio feeds in the future as the campus security team uses Milestone video management and XProtect software to aggregate and analyse data streams.