Three Pillars of Sports Venue Security (p1)

Stadium security has gotten much more complicated than defusing confrontations, apprehending seat jumpers, and ejecting rowdy fans. Events of these days are all about the experience of the total fan  – the street vendors, the tailgating parties, the additional activities outside the gate. All these activities happening simultaneously stretches the security resources to the max. Therefore, it’s hard to find a spectator venue which doesn’t deploy network surveillance cameras like a force multiplier. Video systems provide the stadiums 3 important advantages: identification, situational awareness, and operational insight.

Improving Situational Awareness

Sports venue are like small cities. In addition to the retail shops, seating bowl, restaurants, and concession stands, there are escalators, elevators, parking garages and parking lots, ATMs for patron convenience, meeting rooms, first aid stations for medical emergencies. With various entry points, security needs to draw on full network cameras to improve situational awareness, resolve problems quickly, and protect public safety. By using network-based technology, it also helps in sharing situational awareness with local and state enforcement as well as first responders when needed.

Outside the venue. Network cameras which are mounted on the roof not only give a comprehensive view of the gate entrances and parking lots but also the surrounding thoroughfare. Using a mix of HD and PTZ cameras and megapixel fixed dome allows security to spot vehicles and capture critical details which could expedite criminal investigations and forestall liability claims. Adding video analytics like license plate recognition can provide one more layer of security.

 

Inside the venue. Because the lighting conditions are different throughout the venue, stadiums usually opt for wide dynamic range cameras which can provide more detail both in shadow and bright sunlight. They are especially useful in areas such as loading docks, where it is very important to verify what is being delivered. Another security strategy is to link the network cameras with panic buttons throughout the stadium to quickly assess the emergency’s nature and dispatch the suitable assistance to that location.