Author: Hank Monaco, Vice President of Marketing, Tyco Integrated Security
Published: Thu, Feb 15, 2018

This February we celebrate two of the greatest national and global sporting events – the Super Bowl and the Olympics. While the focus of these games is on the athletes and competition, safety and security is a pivotal component of any successful event or game. Stadiums can house anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 people at any given time; the volume of people, coupled with multiple stadium entryways and rowdy fans all present unique challenges. From improved comfort and security to sustainable design and technology, optimization can lead to increased spectator experience and safety.

A Holistic View of Stadium Security

Rather than focusing on a single technology to address security concerns, it’s important to implement a process to address the holistic technology needs and desired outcomes for a stadium as early as possible, inclusive of security requirements. Constructing a smart stadium that meets energy, technology, security and operational objectives starts with early collaboration between the owner, design and construction teams. To best support the owners’ desired outcomes, it’s important to have a conversation about the best approach to address their needs, and make data-driven decisions about connectivity, security and interoperability. With expert attention to detail during the early planning stages, connectivity pitfalls can be avoided and the security needs of the stadium can be met. Recognizing the benefits of a holistic, collaborative approach, it is common for stadium owners and teams to select a single point of responsibility for technologies early in the process.

The Johnson Controls process, Technology Contracting, has emerged as a best practice for managing the design-assist, installation and integration of complex building, business and specialty systems. It involves assigning a single point of responsibility upfront to bring an enterprise-wide perspective to managing the planning, design, installation, integration, commissioning and service of technology systems, business applications and supporting infrastructure. Technology Contracting can save time, reduce risk and decrease construction and operating costs while ensuring that technology is deployed and integrated in an orderly manner to achieve desired outcomes.

Trends in Stadium Security

A federated video management solution allows stadium staff and local law enforcement to share critical video and specific camera views across the city and stadium. The federation allows both the city and the stadium to monitor separate independent systems as if they were one single virtual system.

A recent trend is the integration of public safety systems with third-party, private-entity camera systems, which encourages private and public entities to join forces for safer, smarter and more efficient communities. This type of approach and technology allows law enforcement and local businesses to work together to make their communities safer and more secure.

Today’s security systems include integrated access control and video management technologies that can interact with multiple sources of critical information geospatially. This includes social media feeds, Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), License Plate Recognition (LPR), live weather and traffic feeds, gunshot detection, facial recognition, and other crime and incident data. This type of integration arms security staff with situational awareness which can speed up the process to potentially prevent an unauthorized visitor or respond to a potential harmful incident. 

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