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NICE with Asteros to implement its security surveillance portfolio in Sochi, Russia

Published on 24 September, 2012
NICE and Asteros to implement advanced security solutions for the city of Sochi
Sochi’s cameras have been hooked up to NiceVision to provide visual documentation of all incidents

NICE Systems announced that it is implementing its Surveillance portfolio in the city of Sochi, Russia, as part of its “Safe City” initiative for mitigating security, safety, and operational risks. Having been chosen to host multiple prestigious sporting events, including the FIA Formula One World Championship in Sochi in 2014, and being one of the candidate cities to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Russian resort town of Sochi foresees a significant influx of visitors and accelerated growth in the coming years.

Using NICE’s Safe City solutions, Sochi will be able to more efficiently manage city operations, optimise its law enforcement resources, and enhance public safety for its citizens and visitors. The city of Sochi is deploying the complete NICE Surveillance portfolio. This includes NICE Situator, a holistic situation management solution; NiceVision Net 2.5 IP Video Surveillance, which will span over 1,400 channels; NICE Inform, to enable multimedia incident debriefing and simulation investigation; NICE video analytics and audio recording; and the NiceVision Web application, which can be used by field agents and police to access live and playback video feed for enhanced security operations.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting these world famous sporting events in Sochi and are committed to ensuring that the city is safe and secure,” said Sergey Cherepov, Director of The Situation Monitoring Centre of Sochi. “The coming years will witness rapid population and economic growth in Sochi, broadening the safety and security challenges as well as increasing the requirements and complexity of everyday city operations. We are confident that NICE, together with its partner, Asteros, will provide the comprehensive solutions to meet our extensive requirements and scaling needs.”

To enhance the management of its daily operations, the city of Sochi has set up an integrated command and control centre that includes 40 NICE Situator workstations. With implementation well underway, the city’s law enforcement authorities are using NICE Situator to build a common operating picture for all stakeholders as well as create an automated response plan with adaptive workflows. All of Sochi’s surveillance cameras have already been hooked up to NiceVision, in order to provide visual documentation of all incidents city-wide.

To enhance the management of its daily operations, the city of Sochi has set up an integrated command and control centre that includes 40 NICE Situator workstations

The implementation of this sophisticated technology by NICE, in collaboration with Asteros, will enable the city of Sochi to monitor its urban operations and thereby address security, safety, and operational risks. Specifically, Sochi law enforcement authorities will be able to automatically detect overcrowding, unattended baggage, and perimeter intrusions. Consequently, the city will be able to provide advanced protection to critical infrastructure and public buildings, monitor, detect, and manage traffic congestion and illegal parking, and prevent loitering and overcrowding situations in public buildings and commercial areas.

“We are proud to be the city of Sochi’s comprehensive solution of choice for securing its citizens and visitors,” said Yaron Tchwella, Security President and EVP Business Operations at NICE. “NICE’s participation in the Safe City project is a testament to our expertise in large-scale critical deployments as well as to the ability of our pre-integrated solution to support safety and security while also promoting improved operations.”

Tigran Pogosian, Deputy General Director of Strategy Projects at MegaFon OJSC, the main contractor on the project, said: "The unique surveillance system, based on the MegaFon network, will provide 24-hour monitoring of the city’s main roads, buildings, and popular resort locations. This in turn will enable high responsiveness among law enforcement bodies, emergency services, the Federal Security Service, and the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) to any unfolding incidents and at the same time will enhance the quality of life of local citizens and resort guests.”

"The unique surveillance system, based on the MegaFon network, will provide 24-hour monitoring of the city’s main roads, buildings, and popular resort locations."

"Sochi’s Safe city project is a significant implementation of an emergency control centre and video surveillance platform. It will provide additional advantages to the police force, law enforcement authorities, and emergency and city operation services to help them reduce the number of offences and ensure public safety,” said Andrey Cheremnykh, President of the Asteros Group.

The NICE Security Offering addresses the needs of governments and enterprises with intent-based solutions for fighting crime and terror, by anticipating, managing and mitigating safety, security and operational risks. The solution enables capture, analysis and correlation of data from multiple sensors and systems, including audio, video, radio, geo-location and web, providing a framework for fusing data silos into a single, holistic operational view. NICE Security solutions empower organisations to act effectively in real time to prevent, manage and investigate incidents, ensuring fast resolution and debriefing, and continuous security improvements. NICE Security solutions are deployed worldwide in transportation systems, critical infrastructures, city centres and enterprise campuses.

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