Hikvision, global provider of innovative video surveillance solutions, has added an ultra HD 32 MP panoramic camera to its award-winning PanoVu camera range. Seamless panoramic image The new DS-2CD6984G0-IH(S)(AC) 32 MP PanoVu Series Panoramic Dome Camera uses four 1/2" Progressive Scan CMOS sensors to deliver a true 180-degree horizontal panorama, as well as a vertical field of view of 95 degrees. The four video images are stitched together by the camera itself, which intelligently outputs a...
At GSX 2018 in booth #2341, Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, will unveil two new cameras in its P series line. The Wisenet PNM-9000VQ (4-head) multi-directional camera and the PNM-9320VQP (4-head) multi-directional plus 32x optical zoom PTZ camera support configurable fixed-focus lens/CMOS sensor modules that allow the installer to choose the resolution and the focal length for each head. Full suite of video analytics Ideally suited for c...
Running into its 11th edition, this year’s Guangzhou Public Security Technology (GPST) show will officially open its doors from 9 – 12 June at the China Import and Export Fair Complex. Taking place alongside Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology, the two fairs will welcome over 220 manufacturers and solution providers across 15,000 sqm of floor space over the coming four days. Amidst growing optimism surrounding the prospects for China’s booming smart city sector, the...
Atlanta’s new $1.5 billion stadium, home to the NFL Atlanta Falcons football team and MLS Atlanta United football club and site of the recent NCAA national college football championship, is protecting fans, personnel and athletes from terrorists and errant drivers from using vehicles as weapons. While the threat of terrorists planning to attack soft targets, such as stadiums increases, stadium security professionals, such as those at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, must look for the weak p...
Oncam, a provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, has announced the addition of industry veteran Chris Brown as Business Development Manager - United Kingdom. In this role, Brown will be responsible for elevating the brand's presence and technology initiatives in the retail, hospitality, stadium and events, education, transportation and city surveillance markets. Video and IP experience Brown joins the Oncam team from ADI, where amongst other roles he served a...
Arecont Vision, a provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology, has announced the immediate availability of the SurroundVideo Omni G3 omnidirectional multi-sensor surveillance camera series unveiled earlier this year. Omni G3 is the industry’s first camera with no-touch, remote setup in the multi-sensor adjustable-view product category created and still dominated by Arecont Vision. The latest Omni series is on display here in London, UK, at IFSEC International at the ExCeL in the Areco...
An essential element of ensuring life safety is the ability to manage phased and orderly evacuation in the event of an emergency. The Novigo voice alarm system from Siemens not only delivers high performance messaging across multi-level, multi-occupancy estates, but also operates as an advanced public address system. Studies reveal that many people do not know how to react to conventional alarms such as bells or sirens. Many assume that it is a test or false alarm, others remain confused and unsure of what to do. In the event of a fire or major alert, rapid and orderly evacuation is the highest priority. Novigo delivers comprehensive messages about the nature of the incident and the appropriate action to take using clear language, minimising the potential for panic or confusion. Novigo public address system Novigo is highly scalable and exceeds relevant British and European standards. The solution is fully configurable with the capacity to extend to 4,000 network nodes; it can be divided into zones to ensure appropriate messaging across particular areas and is capable of integration to third party systems via an application program interface. Importantly, its advanced audio facility offers studio sound quality and significant storage capacity for automatic and live messaging, as well as multiple background music files. Emergency and standard mode Novigo can be used in either emergency or standard mode. Emergency situations demand automatic or manual evacuation announcements, warnings and instructions; standard operation offers live broadcasts delivering information on organisational activities or pre-recorded communications such as advertising and marketing campaigns. Ben Jeater, Technical Product Manager for the solutions division of Siemens Building Technologies UK comments, “Novigo combines the highest safety standards with advanced audio and the latest networking technologies. All audio matrices and control points, as well as the common network, have been designed to ensure a robust and resilient voice alarm solution that can be scaled from a standalone unit to a wide-area system.” Applications for Novigo include corporate environments, airport and rail concourses, shopping centres, hospitals, university campuses, hotels, manufacturing plants, event venues, and stadiums.
A single high-definition Arecont SurroundVideo camera can replace multiple pan-tilt-zoom cameras Arecont Vision® has expanded the ground-breaking multi-sensor, multi-megapixel SurroundVideo® omnidirectional camera series. The SurroundVideo Omni G3 is the industry’s first camera in the multi-sensor product category that Arecont Vision pioneered that now offers no-touch, remote setup. The new Omni G3 series will be featured in the Arecont Vision Booth, #8405, at the ISC West International Security Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas between 5th-7th April 2017. SurroundVideo Omni G3 “The SurroundVideo Omni G3 continues the Arecont Vision tradition of being a market leader through innovative new products,” said Brad Donaldson, VP of Product Development, Arecont Vision. “The Omni G3 is the easiest multi-sensor omnidirectional camera in the industry to install, setup, and configure, saving our customers both time and money”. Arecont Vision continues to lead the multi-sensor camera market that the company first pioneered in 2006. A single high-definition SurroundVideo camera can replace multiple pan-tilt-zoom cameras or a large number of single-sensor cameras for a wide range of surveillance requirements. SurroundVideo has been proven in thousands of customer projects around the world, integrated with the customer’s choice of leading video management systems (VMS) and network video recorders (NVR). SurroundVideo history The first SurroundVideo Omni camera was introduced in 2014, bringing omnidirectional coverage in place of a fixed 180o or 360o view. The Omni G1 series was the first to offer 4 sensors that can be positioned independently around a patented, 70+ placement-point magnetic track to cover virtually any angle or view. SurroundVideo Omni G2 followed in 2016 to offer additional ease of movement and faster setup with motorized, remote focus 3-axis gimbals. The Omni G3 can be quickly installed on a wall, corner, ceiling, pole, emergency call box, or other structure The new SurroundVideo Omni G3 goes the final step, delivering no touch remote setup. The Omni G3 can be quickly installed on a wall, corner, ceiling, pole, emergency call box, or other structure. The camera is then connected to a single PoE (Power over Ethernet) IP network cable. The installer can then dismount from the ladder or lift, and connect to the camera’s integrated webpage over the network for setup. 180o, 270o, or 360o preset views can be selected, or the installer can adjust and position each of the sensors remotely, including remote focus, zoom, and tilt. New presets can also be saved, so that the view can be completely changed when needed. For example, a stadium may have different viewing requirements for a sporting event versus a concert. The user can select the appropriate preset and the camera will move the sensors to that new perspective. The camera can then be returned to the original view just as easily. This can all be done without requiring the time and cost of manually mounting a ladder or lift to remove and then replace the dome bubble after adjusting the aim of the 4 sensors, or shifting the entire camera. Day/night IR filters All SurroundVideo Omni cameras feature four individual day/night mechanical IR cut filters for the highest image quality at any time of day. Select 12MP models offer Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) up to 100dB at full resolution for challenging or varied lighting conditions. All SurroundVideo series cameras offer advanced streaming capabilities. They are designed on the Arecont Vision highly efficient H.264 encoding platform to deliver high quality video without straining the network. SurroundVideo Omni G3 adds support for SNAPstream™ (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) technology, bringing further reduced camera bandwidth consumption without impacting image quality. The entire Made in USA SurroundVideo series is subjected to and certified by rigorous dust, water, and impact tests with strict manufacturing quality control. With IP66 and IK-10 ratings and an extended operating temperature range, SurroundVideo Omni G3 cameras are ideal for indoor, outdoor, and vandal-prone applications.
Full HD video stream recording with lower resolution sub-stream enables efficient, remote control, display, and transmission Redvision's RV30 rugged PTZ dome cameras now fully integrate with Meyertech's ZoneVu keyboards. Additionally, the RV30 wiper, IR and white light illumination switching or scheduling enabled, with multiple presets, tours, and absolute dome positioning. Full HD video stream recording, with lower resolution sub-stream is also available for efficient, remote control, display and transmission. FUSION-Eclipse video management software Joshua Hughes, Marketing Manager at Meyertech, stated, "Meyertech's FUSION-Eclipse is a scalable VMS with flexible multi-media display, storage, operator, and channel expansion options, evolving as site requirements develop. Alongside its capability, FUSION-Eclipse has the simplest and easiest VMS user interface available today. Meyertech customers, who operate in public space, retail, transport, MoD, custodial, education, stadia, and industrial markets, can now include RV30 rugged cameras in their systems." RV30 X-Series rugged PTZ camera range Dermot Grace, Managing Director of UK manufacturer, Redvision, added, "Redvision produces 1080p and 720p resolution models for the RV30 X-Series rugged PTZ camera range. The 1080p model will view events at distances of 120 metres, with operators identifying people at 40m. The 720p model, although lower resolution, has a 150m range, with operators identifying people at an incredible 60 metres. FUSION-Eclipse gives customers a recording and control platform for the X-Series. Meyertech understands our customer's applications and is as strong and well-established as we are in the local authority and public space markets."
Dedrone DroneTracker ensures detection of civilian drones and defence against their misuse Dedrone has secured the support of five well-known founders and executives from Silicon Valley, raising a seven-figure amount. Investing in the San Francisco-based start-up are Dominic Orr, CEO of Aruba Networks, Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless, Hans Robertson, Co-founder and COO of Meraki, Tom Noonan, Former Chairman, President and CEO of Internet Security Systems, Inc., and Trevor Healy, Former CEO of Jajah and Amobee. Extensive knowledge of investors "We are delighted that we have been able to win the support of these successful entrepreneurs," says Jörg Lamprecht, Co-founder and CEO of Dedrone. "Their know-how and access to their networks are even more important than the money." Dedrone develops DroneTracker, a platform for the detection of civilian drones and defence against their misuse. Protection from drones is a growth market, since the small, unmanned aerial vehicles are not only becoming extremely popular, but also are increasingly being used for crimes such as smuggling, espionage, and terrorist attacks. In May 2016, venture capital firm Menlo Ventures from Menlo Park, CA, invested 10 million dollars in the young company, which now employs around 60 people in San Francisco and Kassel, Germany. "As the drone market is booming, the call for technologies to manage the associated risks is becoming ever louder" Protecting critical infrastructure "Drones are going to revolutionise a number of aspects of business and professional life. However, as the drone market is booming, the call for technologies to manage the associated risks is becoming ever louder," explains investor Dominic Orr. "As a pioneer, Dedrone has both a genuine technological advantage and strong sales force to expand its use. Dedrone also is the only supplier in the market that has numerous user references—and that speaks for itself." Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless adds, “Not many start-ups are able to realise their business ideas as quickly and as successfully as Dedrone.” Drone Tracker is used around the world to protect critical infrastructure, stadiums, prisons, and VIPs from illegal or improper intrusion by small drones. Dedrone’s most notable references include the Clinton-Trump televised debates, the Suffolk County prison in New York, the Royal Family of Qatar, and the New York Mets’ stadium. In November of last year, Dedrone was recognised as one of the most promising start-ups in the world as part of the Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge.
The Dahua IPC-PFW8601-A180 camera is equipped with built-in intelligent video analytic algorithm Dahua Technology, a manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China has introduced its multi-lens 180-degree panoramic network IR bullet camera. Real-time image splicing technology Dahua multi-lens 180-degree panoramic network IR bullet camera IPC-PFW8601-A180 provides added flexibility for capturing wide area video surveillance. With real-time image splicing technology, the camera has three 2MP sensors working in tandem to create a comprehensive 180-degree view. This camera replaces multiple single-sensor cameras to lower cost of installation, storage, and maintenance. Adjustments can be made to each sensor on contrast and brightness to achieve crystal-clear panorama view. The multi-lens camera supports day/night mechanical IR cut filter and true WDR (120dB) which make it ideal for applications in fluctuating lighting conditions. In addition, this camera deploys Dahua Starlight Technology to deliver usable video with minimal ambient light. Intelligent video analytic algorithm Smart IR technology prevents IR LEDs from whitening out images as they come closer to the camera The camera is equipped with built-in intelligent video analytic algorithm, which can realise functions like tripwire, intrusion, abandoned object, missing object, to quickly and accurately respond to events in specific area. At the same time, the camera features face detection and intelligent tamper detection, which means more efficient security surveillance. The camera has smart IR technology which can adjust the intensity of camera's infrared LEDs to compensate for the distance of an object. Smart IR technology prevents IR LEDs from whitening out images as they come closer to the camera.With an operating ambient temperature range of -40 °C to +60 °C, IP67 and IK10 rating, this camera suits almost any outdoor applications including open and expansive areas like borders, coastlines, highway, square, and stadium.
Axis sets a new standard for image quality in video surveillance, combining Canon professional photographic imaging technologies with proven performance and integration benefits Axis raises the bar on image quality for a security camera with the introduction of AXIS Q1659 Network Camera. It combines a high-performance image sensor and Canon EF/EF-S lenses with the full range of Axis’ flexibility, ease-of-use and efficiency features to provide exceptional image quality in extreme detail for a range of surveillance needs. It is an ideal offering for detailed surveillance over long distances for cities, airports, transportation, stadiums and other open areas. Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, has introduced the AXIS Q1659 Network Camera, the first to combine professional calibre photographic imaging technologies from Canon with Axis’ proven security offering. The camera brings a new level of ultra-high image quality for a fixed, wide-area surveillance camera, and leverages leading-edge image sensor and EF lens technologies for unmatched colour, contrast and detail even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Easy operation for open area surveillance “This camera is truly a best of both worlds approach, combining the world-class image quality Canon is known for through professional-level photography technology and Axis’ market-leading security systems that deliver everything required for a complete, flexible and easy-to-manage installation. In addition to the extreme level of quality and detail, the AXIS Q1659 can, thanks to broad VMS support, be quickly integrated within existing security environments,” states Olof Leidecker, Global Product Manager at Axis. The AXIS Q1659 delivers 20MP resolution at 8 frames per second (fps), achieving unprecedented levels of detail for observing open spaces and across long distances. It features digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) imaging technology and offers a choice of 7 different EF/EF-S lenses depending on individual user needs. Equipped with an EF lens mount, the camera enables easy lens changes. Easy integration into existing video surveillance systems AXIS Q1659 is supported by the industry’s largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner (ADP) Program and AXIS Camera Station. Third-party video analytics applications can be installed on the camera via AXIS Camera Application Platform. ONVIF support allows for easy integration into existing video surveillance systems. The new camera also offers the latest enhancement of Axis’ Zipstream technology, which offers even more storage and bandwidth savings in video surveillance applications without compromising on important image details. In addition, an SFP slot for optional fibre connectivity gives the ability to connect to the network over long distances. Save
A force of 85,000 police and military will patrol the Olympic grounds and environs to provide security A week before the Rio Olympics were slated to begin, Brazil fired the private security firm assigned to hire personnel to screen people entering the various Olympic venues located around Rio De Janeiro. The security plan called for 3,400 screeners. The security firm had only found 500. What happened? Today, prospective security officers must undergo background checks that do not raise red flags. Observers noted that unsatisfactory background checks and drug tests probably explain why it has been so difficult to find and hire the large numbers of security people needed in the short period of time allotted. That problem aside, a force of 85,000 police and military will patrol the Olympic grounds and environs to provide security. “Security officers and soldiers have different ways of thinking,” says Ron Lander, a principal with Norco, California-based Ultrasafe Security Specialists. “Soldiers may be more aggressive than security officers. That may be appropriate for an event like the Rio Olympics.” “Then again, security officers are trained to de-escalate aggressive behavior and calm unruly customers so that everyone walks away with a handshake,” says Lander. “The army may not have had that kind of training.” Olympic security technology Olympic size events make liberal use of technology. The Olympic grounds in Rio have surveillance cameras as well as access control points. In addition, there are cameras connected to facial recognition systems. “Facial recognition is getting better and better,” says Lander. “Camera placement is an important key. There are mullion cameras placed in doors that take head on video that is required for reliable facial recognition. As the camera system clears people, the access control system checks them in.” Checkpoint technologies also include magnetometers that check for metal weapons. It is recommended to create two or more concentric security circles around the perimeter of an event, with attendees passing through access points in the circles Concentric security circles Lander recommends creating two or more concentric security circles around the perimeter of an event. Physical barriers and ropes can create the barriers and funnel people to checkpoints that also provide access. Why concentric circles? “It is a security technique called progressive redundancy,” Lander says. “There could be many steps. In a security facility, for instance, you lock the door, place an alarm at the perimeter, put up a fence and assign a patrolling guard.” So security at an Olympic-style event will feature two concentric security circles around the location of the event. Attendees will pass through access points in the circles. At one checkpoint, they may pass through a magnetometer. At the second, two officers will check purses and bags, while a third officer looks for telltale behavioral recognition signs — individuals who are nervous and sweating, wearing a heavy coat on a warm day or exhibiting behavior that is unusual in some way. Video analytics “Today, some organisations are moving toward video analytics,” Lander says. “There are cameras with analytics software and network video recorders with analytics inside the engine. I prefer analytics on the front end.” Users can program video analytics cameras to look for and alarm on certain kinds of video. For instance, analytics can be set to alarm when people run through a camera’s field of view. Analytics can look for motion in a place and at a time when nothing should be moving. The technology can identify abandoned packages and alert security to investigate. There are a number of security scenarios that video analytics can stand in for human beings, who often get tired. Video analytics don’t tire out and fall asleep. In the end, the role of security technology is to support security officers, and their role is to remain alert, aware and responsive to alarms. Save
On event days, representatives of emergency response & security agenciesare together and running sports venues as a unified group In the world of sports security, alliances are bringing together personnel and agencies that once only talked to each other during an emergency. Consider the recently announced agreement between the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is designed to foster collaboration in addressing the unique security challenges facing stadiums and other sports venues and how best to use security technologies to up the security ante. SIA and NCS4 stadium security partnership “SIA being the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers gives NCS4 the capability to collaborate on identifying current and new products and services that address the future industry needs,” says NCS4 Director Lou Marciani. NCS4 has developed best practices and training programmes including certifications for sports security professionals. As venues have begun installing cameras and made increasing use of metal detectors to screen fans as they enter the ball park, this new deal will help ensure that security directors are installing the right kinds of equipment for their sport. As part of the agreement, the two organisations plan to develop a series of quarterly webinars, create presentations, speak at each other’s events, promote each other’s activities and programmes, publish articles in each other’s publications, and eventually develop joint vendor-neutral guidelines and best practices for stadium events. This alliance is just the latest step in the sports security’s profession move toward creating even greater collaboration. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a standardised approachfor security personnel & emergency responders at mass gatherings Emergency personnel planning for incident management “I would have to say that [collaboration] has become the operating norm,” says Paul Turner, Director of Event Operations & Security for AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys. “Whereas in previous days a venue would have some police and some fire personnel and medical personnel assigned to that venue and they would just be like another resource that would be onsite. Now the intent is for everyone to do integrated planning where you have a group together of police, fire, medical stadium operations even federal agencies that are all part of building your event plan and then you’re doing unified command.” In this new era, on event days, representatives of all these agencies are together and running the venue as a unified group. Gone are the days when a venue operator would call for help after an incident occurred. “We’re operating in a regular mode and if an incident presents itself then we’re commanding that incident,” says Turner. “It’s not like you have to bring a whole bunch of people together to deal with a particular incident because you’ve been running that event.” The development of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) provided security personnel at venues with a standardised approach to incident management. Developed by the Department of Homeland Security, the programme facilitates coordination between all responders including all levels of government with public, private, and nongovernmental organisations. “More and more mass gatherings are being managed under that kind of a structure,” says Turner.
7K cameras are best suited for large openspaces such as stadiums and city centres,capturing the finest details in their footage With several manufacturers now offering 4K CCTV cameras, Avigilon, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised the bar in April 2015 with the launch of their 7K HD Pro surveillance solution. The 30-megapixel camera is the latest addition to the company’s Professional Series, an innovative model Avigilon believes will drive competition in the security industry’s race for optimal resolution. Avigilon’s 7K HD Pro Avigilon’s 7K HD Pro uses Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software, featuring its High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. It offers a horizontal resolution in excess of 7,000 pixels and more than 30 million pixels in total. The camera also performs in “extreme lighting conditions,” supported by Avigilon’s LightCatcher technology, which boosts low-light performance. Critics have raised the argument that the technology may only be necessary for certain applications – specifically for casino use – and is unnecessary for many other commercial uses. So, is there ever such a thing as too good? Integrator ACC Security Solutions specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of custom-tailored commercial security systems in the Northwest region of England. “We are an Avigilon partner, which is constantly pushing boundaries in the realm of CCTV and security. Through the technologies they develop we are able to provide our clients with the latest in security innovations,” says Simon Farmer, ACC Security managing director. He says the emergence of newer technologies in general allow ACC Security to create intelligence within a system by enabling various aspects of the security system (the cameras, lights, audio messaging, alarms) to integrate and communicate with each other. The future of 7K Farmer expects many installation opportunities for the deployment of 7K cameras, with the technology best suited for applications that extend beyond gaming and include large open spaces such as stadiums, city centres, expansive warehouses and other similar vertical markets. “It allows you to zoom in from a distance and drill much deeper into recorded footage without losing detail. A single 7K can cover the same area as three 2K cameras, so it also offers a cost saving to those who utilise its technology,” he says. "It allows you to zoom in from a distance and drill much deeper into recorded footage without losing detail. A single 7K can cover the same area as three 2K cameras, so it also offers a cost saving to those who utilise its technology", says Simon Farmer, ACC Security managing director A good candidate client for the technology would be an end user interested in capturing the finest detail possible in their footage. “One area that we have seen an increased interest in higher quality footage is the food and water production industries. Threats of poisoning from terrorists have meant that production lines must be monitored much more closely, and higher resolution offered by 7K makes this possible.” Assessing the suitability of the use and placement of these cameras is vital if they are to be used efficiently and cost-effectively. For every site visited, ACC Security believes in correctly identifying and delivering the ideal operational requirements. The priority is ensuring the right system is selected for each client, installed to the best possible specification and that the system provides adequate and effective coverage. “All our systems are designed and fitted in consultation with clients to ensure the most suitable product is delivered,” Farmer adds. Do smaller, local businesses or commercial units require Avigilon’s 7K HD Pro? Perhaps not just yet. But without global market leaders continually driving the evolution of security technology, the market would become stagnant. As long as the big players such as Avigilon keep bettering themselves and paving the way for this type of innovative technology, whether it is in HD imaging or other areas, the security systems that are available commercially will continue to evolve. “It’s massively important for us to keep up with the latest technology available on the market (such as 7K cameras) as it lets us stay many steps ahead of the competition, many of whom can only offer equipment from out-of-date catalogues that have to be approved by many levels of management,” Farmer says.
Numbers tell the story of security at the Euro 2016 football tournament which begins on 10th June in France. Here are some of the figures that reflect the robust level of protection and security in place across the country: 90,000 The total count of police, soldiers and private security agents who will be deployed throughout France to ensure the safety of the tournament. 77,000 How many police, gendarmes, and riot-control officers will be deployed. 13,000 The number of private security agents augmenting the police. 10,000 The count of soldiers who are already stationed throughout the host cities as part of ongoing anti-terrorism efforts. They will be given extra responsibility to provide security during the tournament. 1,000 The number of volunteers who will also join the security effort. 2.5 million Projection of how many spectators will attend matches in the tournament. 8 million people are expected to gather in so-called "fan-zones", which willrequire stringent security protocols 24 The number of teams who will compete – an increase from 16. The hotels and training grounds of each team will have a heavy police presence, including 17 officers and two agents from France’s elite special forces at each venue, specialising in counter-terrorism and hostage situations. Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales have joined previous participants such as England, France, Spain and Germany. Additional participants are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine. 51 The number of matches in the month-long tournament, continuing into July. In addition to concerns about terrorism, the main threat is hooliganism. Attendees at each match can expect more rigorous body searches and ID checks; large bags will be confiscated permanently. 10 The number of stadiums where matches will be held – in 10 different cities throughout France: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse. 8 million How many people will gather in the so-called “fan zones.” These locations present some of the most difficult security challenges since they are public spaces. The strategy is to contain them with an “adapted and stringent security protocol.” 1 million The total number expected to gather over the course of the tournament at the largest “flagship” fan zone, in Paris at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The public site, designed to accommodate 100,000, would offer a tempting target for terrorists. 125 kg The amount of TNT discovered last month, along with guns and detonators, after a French man was arrested at the Ukrainian border with Poland. The 25-year-old man was allegedly planning 15 attacks during the Euro 2016 football tournament, likely targeting bridges, motorways, a mosque and a synagogue. It was not clear if he planned to target the tournament directly. 130 The number of people who died in Paris at several sites during terrorist attacks last November. The specter of those attacks will be felt throughout Expo 2016, reminding the organisers and security personnel of the need to be perpetually vigilant. In France, additional law-enforcement powers have been granted under a “state of emergency,” which has been in place since the Paris bombings and was recently extended a third time. Measures include tighter border controls and bans on public gatherings. 100 versus 0 “One hundred percent caution does not mean a zero percent risk.” So says French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, commenting on security efforts aimed at protecting Euro 2016.
Sports security has always played a crucial role in securing major sporting events around the world. Ensuring the safety of millions of spectators who throng the venues during such events is not an easy task. Apart from the usual surveillance cameras and barricades that are put into place, to prevent overcrowding and stampeding, other security measures are also implemented. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events of the year in the United States, so no wonder it’s also a huge event for security. Endless festivities are the norm, and ticket re-sales for the big National Football League championship game averaged more than $4,500 per ticket. 2 years of planning amongst security & governmental agencies The over-the-top security effort involved dozens of federal, state and local jurisdictions and thousands of law-enforcement and private security personnel. The security plan had been in the works for more than two years, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated Super Bowl 50 as a Level 1 Special Event and a possible target of terrorism. It goes to show what can be accomplished security-wise if there is enough time and planning involved – and almost unlimited funds. At the game, soldiers stood guard next to armoured Humvees, machine guns strapped to their chests. Fans faced bag checks, metal detectors and pat-downs. Other extreme elements included hovering helicopters and military fighter jets on standby at Levi’s Stadium, restricted flights around the event, and a no-drone zone near the stadium. Canines sniffed for body-worn bombs. Robots were on hand to detect and disarm any explosives. Advanced security technologies: CCTV, social media monitoring, data analysis In addition to people power, technology played a role, including equipment familiar to our market, such as 600 video cameras positioned around the stadium. Computer analytics were used to target social media, sifting through data for any social media posts involving threats or other questionable content (in a previous year, a social media post had threatened to “shoot the place up.”). Other data came from phone tips, traffic reports and patrolling officers. Overseeing the total effort was a Security Operations Centre in an undisclosed location about six miles from the stadium. Computer processing was at the centre of Super Bowl security, aggregating multiple data streams and providing real-time information on what’s happening in the stadium and surrounding areas, all displayed on a big digital map. All in all, Super Bowl 50 was a great testament to our market’s expanding technology capabilities, and how those technologies interface with and/or complement other elements of the security “big picture” – from aircraft to robots to bomb-sniffing dogs. It’s reassuring that these capabilities exist, and looking back, it’s great that Super Bowl 50 came off without a hitch. It helped that the Super Bowl is a predictable event that happens with plenty of prior notice, and with a profile so high that the cost of protecting it is almost irrelevant. A successful security strategy Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were the big winners at this year’s Super Bowl, but anytime we can make it through a big event without a terrorist attack or other significant security mishap, we are all winners. Too often, current events are sad and require us to look back and question what went wrong with security. In this case, all the news is good, and we can acknowledge what went right. It’s unfortunate that we can’t take such things for granted, but gratifying that we have the tools, resources and will to keep a big event safe. They were all on full display at Super Bowl 50.
New security and surveillance upgrades have been announced at Manchester Arena, with the first phase expected to be complete by mid-autumn. The system upgrade includes the installation of next generation camera technology combined with cutting-edge access control and is set to be rolled out ahead of a number of high-profile events that are being staged at the arena this autumn. Following the installation of the latest state-of-the-art security cameras, developments include super high definition 4K resolution images and enhanced video analytics with appearance search, plus self-learning analytics with presence/absence detection and the ability to detect unusual motion events. Similar effective solutions Reflex systems was chosen by SMG Europe having looked at similar effective solutions designed and installed by them at the award-winning Leeds The new facilities will also see an improvement in data management and delivery, and form part of an expanding security network which enables remote monitoring off-site at venues across the UK. The large-scale upgrade will be implemented by South Yorkshire-based firm Reflex Systems, a security system installer whose previous projects include providing deployable security systems for the G8 Summit, as well as work at off-park venues at the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Wembley Stadium. Reflex Systems will be leading on the Manchester Arena upgrades. The specialist firm was chosen by SMG Europe having looked at similar effective solutions designed and installed by them at the award-winning Leeds first direct Arena and other large capacity public venues. Intelligent video stream Lee Sinnott, senior facilities manager at SMG Europe, said: “The scope of the project was to deliver a powerful scalable end-to-end surveillance solution over an IP network, employing the latest HD/4K cameras, video analytics at the edge and through an intelligent video stream data management system.” Results allow us to actively monitor & effectively manage large crowds in differing light conditions both in real time and forensically “The challenge to find the right surveillance system with state-of-the-art technology that operates in a harsh light environment was realised through a detailed study and product testing with temporary camera deployments during Arena events. The results allow us to actively monitor & effectively manage large crowds in differing light conditions both in real time and forensically, post event. Providing video evidence of the highest quality was an important deliverable on the project.” Public venue applications “The planned installation of an expanded access control solution with system integration into the CCTV was a key part of the project. The electronic access control system will now provide us with the capability to respond to national threat levels and dynamically deploy a range of security measures through a powerful user interface.” John Pye, managing director of Reflex Systems, said: “Some of the technology involved in the upgrades at Manchester Arena is very new in terms of its features, and is a convergence of security with IT and advanced management software.” “We have significant experience in the area of public venue applications, and through our expertise and technology partners we deliver solutions which allow venue owners, whatever scale, to provide safer and more secure environments for everyone.”
Five leading manufacturers specialising in secure technologies have teamed to provide safety and security at the 72nd Annual Little League Baseball World Series (LLBWS) for the players, coaches and fans. For the first time BriefCam and Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company are joining Axis Communications, Lenel and Milestone Systems to provide video surveillance systems, access control and network connectivity for the 10-day tournament. The five technology providers have come together to develop a comprehensive security strategy for the 16 Little League Baseball teams and worldwide fans participating in the World Series from August 16-26, 2018, in South Williamsport, Pa. The Little League International officials strive to promote a fun, exciting experience for players and fans, while ensuring the highest level of security during the games. BriefCam’s groundbreaking video content analytics platform detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people, objects, their attributes and behaviour from raw video feedsProviding safety and security to visitors “Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come out to Williamsport to enjoy their time at the Little League Baseball World Series,” said Jim Ferguson, Little League Assistant Director of Risk Management and Safety. “Along with the safety of all of 16 participating teams, our top priority during the Little League Baseball World Series is to provide a safe and secure facility for visitors from all over the world to enjoy. Thanks to these providers, we can continue to offer all of our fans, players, and volunteers a fun and safe location to create lifelong memories and exciting experiences during their visit.” BriefCam, one of the newest contributors, is providing the company’s latest video content analytics platform to this year’s Little League Baseball World Series state-of-the-art security solution. BriefCam’s groundbreaking video content analytics platform detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people, objects, their attributes and behaviour from raw video feeds. By presenting objects that have appeared at different times within the video simultaneously, BriefCam enables security operators to review hours of video in minutes. Comprehensive video surveillance and analytics solution For the LLBWS, this means if children and parents are accidentally separated during the event, the security team will be well equipped to potentially locate and reunite related parties more quickly. Additionally, BriefCam’s solution can be used to optimise operations such as attendee and vehicle traffic flows to ensure a safe and positive guest experience. The company’s video content analytics platform aligns with Axis IP-based digital video surveillance cameras and Milestone’s XProtect video management software for a comprehensive video surveillance, management and analytics solution. The T300s—the Ruckus flagship outdoor APs—ensure top-notch performance for high-definition video over Wi-Fi, enabling every video stream to be captured “As this global event draws families from far and wide, it is important to further enable comprehensive safety, security and operational efficiencies,” said Stephanie Weagle, CMO, BriefCam. “Our technology will be on-hand to support the Little League in their endeavour to extract actionable intelligence from their video surveillance in the event that parents or family members need assistance in finding each other or streamlining operations to ensure that all involved have a great experience.” Top-notch performance for HD video over Wi-Fi Ruckus Networks, the second newest technology contributor, is providing a wireless mesh backhaul to deliver connectivity to both the scoreboards and surveillance cameras. Ruckus is deploying its T300 access points (APs), along with its SmartZone 100 management controller, to ensure seamless connectivity for the outdoor environment. The T300s—the Ruckus flagship outdoor APs—ensure top-notch performance for high-definition video over Wi-Fi, enabling every video stream to be captured. For the LLBWS, this capability allows all the video cameras in the stadium to be constantly streaming, ensuring maximum safety and security at all times. “In a digitally connected world, safety and security are critical elements that need to be part of every network,” said Bart Giordano, Vice President, Worldwide Business Development and Cloud, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company. “We are teaming with other companies to bring the most innovative security capabilities to the games so that every family can feel safer onsite. Our robust wireless technologies ensure every video stream is captured from all cameras, at all times, helping make this annual event fun and secure.” The 4K resolution provides four times as much detail as the standard HDTV 1080p resolution, improving the video quality significantly 4K resolution for improved video quality Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, has been a technology provider with Little League for nine years and is providing AXIS Q6128-E PTZ Network Camera, a compact, outdoor-ready PTZ dome, offering 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, 12x optical zoom and autofocus. The 4K resolution provides four times as much detail as the standard HDTV 1080p resolution, improving the video quality significantly. Both of these cameras will be integrated into the scoreboard in Lamade Stadium. "Each year we look forward to evolving the security system by leveraging the newest technology in the industry," said Robert Muehlbauer, Senior Manager, Business Development Partner Ecosystem, Axis Communications, Inc. "The total solution provides a comprehensive system to help keep players and fans safe so they can enjoy America’s favourite pastime, baseball. We are proud to collaborate with all of the companies involved and to continue our work with Little League Baseball.” OnGuard access control platform and XProtect VMS For the 20th consecutive year, Lenel, a provider of advanced security systems, will provide its OnGuard access control platform. Players, coaches, officials, staff and vendors are all enrolled in the system and receive a photo identification badge providing access to predetermined areas. The system is integrated with the Axis surveillance cameras so when someone presents a badge at one of the access card readers, live video and the cardholder’s photo are displayed on a nearby monitor, allowing a guard to authenticate the identification. Technology provider Milestone is providing XProtect Corporate video management software, which is installed along with a Milestone Husky M500A NVR as one of the recording servers Technology provider Milestone is providing XProtect Corporate video management software, which is installed along with a Milestone Husky M500A NVR as one of the recording servers. The XProtect Smart Client interface includes advancements in system performance by leveraging the processing power of NVIDIA GPU cards for measurable hardware acceleration, enabling more concurrent High Definition or Ultra HD video streams on high-resolution monitors. Easy access to video The LLBWS is also using the XProtect Smart Wall for viewing and sending pertinent video to monitors around the facilities, including a mobile command centre. BriefCam is embedded in the XProtect Smart Client with a dedicated screen tab for easy access to search hours of video in just minutes. “It’s truly inspiring to see the open platform community of partners coming together for this great international family event, ensuring safety through ongoing technology innovations,” said Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliances Manager, Americas, Milestone Systems. “Every year brings new winners - on the field, in the stands and behind the scenes.”
With security and safety a major focus during the recent World Cup in Russia, IDIS surveillance technology was chosen for a surveillance upgrade at the 45,000 capacity Rostov Arena and the 35,000 capacity Kaliningrad Stadium. At both locations an IDIS Total Solution was installed with a total of 3000 IP cameras comprising full HD and H.265 models and PTZ cameras featuring Smart UX Controls v2.0, a range of full HD, true wide dynamic range (WDR), IR bullet cameras and full HD box cameras with all external cameras equipped to withstand Russia’s often harsh weather conditions. IDIS technology deployed at these response centres enabled security staff to rapidly detect and respond to any breach of health and safety, suspicious behaviour or terrorist threat IDIS Critical Failover to prevent data loss A centralised surveillance monitoring centre utilising an IDIS ultra-thin bezel 55” video wall delivered command and control of the two stadiums and allowed security staff to access 60 days of archived footage from 50 remote IDIS DR-8364 NVRs implemented at situational centres. IDIS technology deployed at these response centres enabled security staff to rapidly detect and respond to any breach of health and safety, suspicious behaviour or terrorist threat. For complete protection, IDIS Critical Failover was installed in order to prevent loss of vital recorded data during a range of fault conditions. The system automatically steps in to ensure continued recording in the event of network instability, network failure, storage failure, recorder hardware failure and power supply failure, in each case ensuring that no data is lost. Our advanced technology helped to ensure safety and security by preventing unauthorised intrusion" Preventing unauthorised intrusion "The IDIS surveillance system, installed inside and around the stadium gave security controllers a complete overview of the site and perimeter fences,” said Joon Jun, President of the Global Business Division of IDIS. “Our advanced technology helped to ensure safety and security by preventing unauthorised intrusion. "We are proud that our brand credibility and product stability has been recognised on the global stage at an event which was the focus of world attention. To safeguard thousands of visitors at these key venues, it was essential to use the most reliable technology including high-resolution surveillance cameras with waterproof and dustproof functions and a solution that prevented data loss in the event of network instability."
Officially inaugurated in October 2017, Ion Oblemenco Stadium in the Romanian city of Craiova is the country’s most modern football arena at a capacity of over 30,000 seats. The futuristic stadium, inspired by the art of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, was built from the ground up over the course of two-and-a-half years at a total cost of EUR 51 million. It is home to football club CS Universitatea Craiova and was ranked fourth on the Stadium DB website list for Stadium of the Year 2017. The high-profile project was built with a clear goal: Hosting international and premium league matches not only in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, but also in the city on the river Jiu. For this reason, the municipality of Craiova required a stadium security solution on par with stringent guidelines – according to the year 2020 European football championship standards – to guarantee safety during mass events. Working closely with the on-site team, Bosch experts installed a fire and safety solution composed of four fire panels and 1,500 detectors Fire and safety solution Looking for a trusted vendor with sports stadium experience, plus the ability to deliver the majority of necessary equipment as a single point of contact, Craiova officials opted for Bosch. Working closely with the on-site team, Bosch experts installed a fire and safety solution composed of four fire panels and 1,500 detectors. The stadium also received a quality sound system with Electro Voice Pro Sound speakers for music and commentary, Dynacord Promatrix for evacuation, Bosch loudspeakers for interior sound, as well as a conference and interpretation system for the pressroom. However, the real “kicker” of the football stadium installation is the comprehensive video security solution: Ion Oblemenco Stadium boasts a fully integrated Bosch video security system including 211 cameras, centrally managed on a single platform through an enterprise edition of the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS). Smart video surveillance system The networked cameras serve a wide range of functions at entry and exit points and areas surrounding the stadium: On the perimeter, 115 robust DINION IP bullet 5000 cameras watch central avenues leading to the stadium, while 86 discrete FLEXIDOME IP 5000 cameras monitor visitors. For added security, eight AUTODOME IP 7000 cameras – two on the stadium outside, six inside – safeguard the surroundings with on-board Intelligent Video Analytics. Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) allows for “smart” video surveillance functions. For instance, Intelligent Tracking automatically tracks moving objects based on predefined alarm rules. Besides automatic tracking of objects of interest once certain predefine rules, like loitering, security operators in Craiova can also manually track groups of football fans or follow specific individuals. The recording units support forensic search enabling security operators to quickly retrieve the relevant video data from hours of stored video Video streams of all 211 cameras are monitored in a central security room, manned by operator personnel and members of Romania’s police during matches. Video data is safely stored on two Bosch DIVAR IP 7000 network video recording units with a total of 256 Terabyte storage capacity. The recorders feature Video Recording Manager (VRM) software to increase reliability and reduce storage volumes and costs, by automatically balancing the video stream load to the free available storage devices. Also, the recording units support forensic search enabling security operators to quickly retrieve the relevant video data from hours of stored video to deliver irrefutable evidence. Easy-to-use security solutions Craiova officials are satisfied with the easy-to-use and cost-efficient solution. Because Bosch products fulfilled international guidelines, the stadium is now fully certified to host matches of the First Romanian Football League, European league matches, Champions League and national team matches. As the first stadium in Romania constructed in line with guidelines for the 2020 European football championship series, Ion Oblemenco Stadium serves as a model for future stadium projects planned to be built for the 2020 tournament and beyond.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup, and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, and Samara. Security will be a big talking point across the competition, which takes place between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are in the Russian capital. So, how does a host city or country maximise safety and security at a major international sports tournament? The safety success at recent sports meetings can be no excuse for complacency. Like other current hosts, the Russian government introduced extra security measures by presidential decree last May. They aimed to control movement in and around the venues, and they were successfully trialed at last year's Confederations Cup. The security measures include a long list of restrictions: on the sale of weapons and dangerous chemicals, as well as on selling and drinking alcohol. Security consultants, installers, and manufacturers must work with police and arena managers to create strategies that will protect fans, competitors, and staffProtecting fans and staff For a two-month period, all demonstrations and public events in World Cup cities that are not football-related must be authorised not only by the local authorities and police as usual – but also by the Russian secret service, the FSB. In host cities, there will be increased checks at train stations, airports and in the metro. Security consultants, installers, and manufacturers must work with police and arena managers to create strategies that will continue to protect fans, competitors, and staff. A 'spectacular' at a sports event is among the most feared (and expected) threats among the security community. Using facial recognition to identify criminals South Wales Police conducted an exercise in June 2016 that could assist Russian authorities. Aware that Cardiff had an outstanding network of IP cameras both at the Principality Stadium and the city railway station, police used facial recognition on soccer fans during the Champions League Final. Camera feeds were of a resolution that more than met the needs of facial recognition to compare facial close-ups with a database of 500,000 custody images assembled from police forces across Europe. It was not a condition of entry to the stadium for a spectator to present his/her face to the camera but there was dedicated video surveillance at turnstiles. In addition to the 71,000 spectators, a further 100,000 people visited Cardiff on the day. The operation was directed at known or suspected criminals including terrorists as it was at possible hooliganism. RFID wristbands eliminates violence among fans RFID ticketing minimises wait-times while queuing at turnstiles Developments in RFID have seen the introduction of single-use RFID wristbands at sports venues. These have significant benefits in that they make ticket forgery near impossible. Should imitation ever occur and two spectators with the same seat allocation arrive at the ground, the duplication will create an alert. This eliminates the scenario of violence ensuing when fans arrive at seats for which they have paid a premium price to find that they are already occupied. RFID ticketing also minimises wait-times while queuing at turnstiles. Talk to any stadium security officer, and they will tell you that this type of delay is the most dangerous flashpoint regarding spectator behaviour and the most likely factor to precipitate crushing incidents. Technology used at Ryder Cup 2014 RFID of this kind also tells stadium managers if there has been an expectedly high influx of spectators into a part of the ground during a short time interval and whether stewards should be redeployed. RFID can be hierarchical and distinguish between staff, spectators, dignitaries, officials and even competitors. Over 100,000 RFID wristbands were used during the Ryder Cup in 2014 at Gleneagles, Scotland. It is likely that golf organisers will use the technology again, with the Ryder Cup being the one other preeminent sports event scheduled for 2018. An additional benefit of using RFID wristbands as tickets is that if a child is separated from their parents, they need only report to a steward or police officer and it is a simple matter to take them to their assigned seat. Multi-faceted video analytics In the event of large-scale ticket fraud and no safeguards through RFID, people-counting will generate an alarm as soon as occupancy levels are a cause for concern Improvements in people-counting algorithms mean that police and officials can now monitor crowd movement at the approach to stadiums and on concourses with precision. The technology was initially hampered by an inability to count people if they were bunched together or holding hands but accuracy now approaches 99 percent. If people-counting suggests that reasonable queue time (even with advances such as RFID) is approaching a dangerous level, it is possible for stadium supervisors to corral spectators at an early stage causing minimal inconvenience and stress. In the event of large-scale ticket fraud and no safeguards through RFID, people-counting will generate an alarm as soon as occupancy levels are a cause for concern. This technique can be used both on a whole venue and in specific seating areas. It is also useful at city railway stations on match days to warn the stadium that a sudden influx of spectators is likely. People-counting can be used during an emergency evacuation to give officials an overview of egress and updates on problem areas. Video management systems to provide alerts A premium VMS using open architecture is vital in the command centre of a massive stadium. For the duration of an international game or essential league fixture, a stadium control room should be regarded as a mission-critical environment. Security staff will receive numerous alerts before and during the game with the alarms ranging from minor disturbances to false positives. It should be remembered that for every incidence of video surveillance making the control room aware of antisocial behaviour there will be at least one useful or beneficial scenario. Speed PTZ dome cameras now offer exceptional zoom levels that enable operators to hurry from overviews to specific areas and activity of interest A common occurrence is a conscientious camera operator spotting a spectator experiencing medical difficulties and dispatching a steward with first aid training. Best-of-breed VMS allows police and stadium managers to exploit advances in camera technology. Speed PTZ dome cameras now offer exceptional zoom levels (both optical and digital) that enable operators to hurry from overviews to specific areas and activity of interest. Megapixel technology is enabling security managers to cover larger areas with fewer cameras which has obvious financial benefits but also simplifies the logistics of VMS and speeds up site familiarisation for new operators. Sports stadiums are early adopters of technology, and it is likely that any significant leisure venue will now be using IP cameras throughout. This makes it possible to export footage promptly to third parties not just for identifying problems but so that other stadiums during a multi-venue tournament can absorb positives from what has gone well.
Hikvision, global supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, announced that the company has agreed a partnership deal with Corinthians, the São Paulo-based Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A football club. As part of the three-year deal, Hikvision will provide the 49,000-seat stadium with a security solution combining multiple products, such as the AI-powered facial recognition cameras, and DarkFighter cameras that deliver bright and full-colored images in almost complete darkness, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, Hikvision PanoVu cameras with 360º panoramic view, as well as access control equipment, among others. As an official partner in security technology, Hikvision is also responsible for the maintenance and expansion of the Arena Corinthians’ security system. Security partnership "We are very optimistic about the partnership signed with Arena Corinthians. Connecting our brand to a renowned club, marked by a successful trajectory, with national and international visibility, is in line with our business mission. We envision a promising partnership with the team to take what is most innovative in electronic security technologies to the majority of the population."The investment in this segment is of utmost importance and Hikvision saw our potential as a business platform” "We have a great partnership with Ajax Stadium in the Netherlands, which is working very well, and the idea is to turn Corinthians’ home into a great case of success and a reference for the market,” says Marco Meirelles, Marketing Manager of Hikvision Brazil. "As part of our project to have exclusive partners in different segments, it is with great satisfaction that we announce this agreement with Hikvision to expand our technology safely. Arena Corinthians has already received, since its inauguration, 4 million fans - only on match days." "Therefore, the investment in this segment is of utmost importance and Hikvision saw our potential as a business platform,” says Luis Paulo Rosenberg, Marketing Director of Corinthians.