Dallmeier secures Soccer World Cup stadiums
Millions of people have been looking on South Africa in awe in 2010. The exciting Football World Cup has come to an end; happily it has also been a peaceful one. This can be partially attributed to the cleverly designed video security system, which was designed and delivered by German video network specialists Dallmeier.
The most important stadium throughout the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa was the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. This is where the opening and closing soccer matches were staged. Steeped in history, the stadium was built in 1987 as the country’s first national stadium. Apart from unforgettable soccer matches the stadium has also been used for many other large-scale events such as in 1990, when Nelson Mandela held his first mass rally there after his release from prison. However, until the opening match of the World Cup, major reconstruction and modernisation works had to be completed at Soccer City. The building works were so comprehensive that they practically equal a new construction from the bottom up. Now, the stadium can accommodate approximately 95,000 spectators. Ninety-nine VIP lounges, 6,000 business seats and exclusive restaurants provide top-class convenience at the largest of the World Cup stadiums. Besides its size Soccer City primarily impresses with its extraordinary architecture. Its façade is reminiscent of a calabash, a traditional African clay pot. On the occasion of the soccer World Cup 2010, the Coca-Cola Park Stadium in Johannesburg, which was originally built in 1928 under the name “Ellis Park” as a rugby stadium, has also expanded its seating capacities.
Now, a total of 70,000 enthusiastic fans can be seated at the stadium. The necessary reconstruction works had already been completed before the World Cup and so the stadium could already be used during the FIFA Confederation Cup in 2009.
The additional numbers of cheering fans though also consequently increases the risk for potentially dangerous situations. Uncontrolled crowds, a tight squeeze, or physical fights between different fan groups are probably among the scenarios most feared by security staff. In order to be able to prevent any such escalations in the first place a sophisticated video security system by German manufacturer Dallmeier and local system integrator Engineered Systems Solutions, who was subsequently also responsible for the installation and commissioning of the system, provides for the necessary overview. Jose de Oliveira, Manager at Engineered Systems Solutions, explains: “We rely on Dallmeier products because the technology is highly reliable and, yet, at the same time, easy to use for the security operator.”
“Besides providing for increased safety and security for the visitors the new CCTV/IP systems also offer the stadiums a clear financial benefit. Considering the numerous international fans it's an advantage that the system can help to rebut potential foreign legal claims in case anything would have happened”, says Frank Oetjen, who is the responsible Sales Manager at Dallmeier.
Highly detailed images owing to Cam_inPIX®
When it came to choosing the cameras, it was decided to go with Dallmeier network cameras. The system now includes both fixed dome and Domera® high-speed PTZ cameras. The IP cameras are equipped with the tried and trusted Cam_inPIX® technology, which allows for the recording of clear, high-contrast images, even under the most difficult lighting conditions. Those include frequent changes between shadows and lights as they occur in sports stadiums. Individual persons' faces can also be clearly identified at great distances.
The camera images are recorded on Dallmeier DMS 240 IPS recorders. These video network systems of the “In Memory of Leonardo” series, with up to 24 IP-based video channels, support MPEG-4, MJPEG, and H.264 compression methods. The integrated PentaplexPlus functionality far exceeds the usual five Pentaplex standards. The DMS 240 IPS allows simultaneous recording, streaming, backup, live display and playback at the recorder or via a network. Additionally, remote network access for configuration and transcoding via a network is also possible. Every channel can be recorded with a frame rate of up to 25 fps. The Linux operating system on Flash memory guarantees highest reliability and three high-performance fans, with automatic revolution adjustment, provide for optimal ventilation. In the case of a hard disk failure the Easy-Change functionality of the exchangeable hard disks located at the front side of the device ensures for highest possible maintenance- friendliness.
Intuitive operation through SeMSy® management system
The respective systems are controlled and operated using the professional and extremely high-performance Security Management System SeMSy®. SeMSy® enables the easy control and administration of different streams of media data and offers live display and recording of video/audio data at any point within a networked system. Operating procedures and complex controls can be stored so that the security personnel at both the Soccer City and Coca-Cola Park Stadiums can operate their systems conveniently and intuitively. The graphic user interface, into which site plans of the stadiums were integrated, gives every user a quick overview of the cameras and dedicated monitors via a comprehensive graphic display.
The systems are complemented by several VMC-1 “Eagle” video management centres. With its three components (joystick, Jog-Shuttle, and keyboard with monitor) it combines, neatly arranged, all the functionalities that one can expect from a modern video management system.
Frank Oetjen explains: “Despite the fact that the installation is highly complex, the operation of the system remains highly convenient and intuitive for the security personnel.”
Exterior surveillance and monitoring of train station
Aside from the stadiums themselves the outdoor areas are also monitored by high-resolution Dallmeier IP cameras. Depending on the area of application, the system uses high-speed PTZ dome cameras, box cameras or vandal-resistant dome cameras. The latter also provide for the necessary security around critical areas. Therefore the complete surroundings of the stadiums, including streets and access roads, are reliably monitored. The combination of surveillance systems across various locations consequently enhances the security throughout each of the precincts. The security concept is rounded off by incorporating the two train stations which are close to the stadiums into the surveillance system. The Nasrec train station alone, which is just a short walk from the Soccer City Stadium, is monitored by over 100 network cameras, and the same applies to the New Doornfontein Station at the Coca-Cola Park Stadium. In the course of the modernisation works, the train stations were also completely rebuilt. After all, thousands of fans were conveyed there during the World Cup. Now, the new and well-lit train stations correspond to all the latest requirements, including security precautions.
Flexible for the future
“Actually the stadiums currently have no plan for any further rebuilding and expansion works, but you never know what the future brings”, says Jose de Oliveira. In any case, the video systems could easily keep up with any construction developments as its open architecture makes it flexible and scalable. Thus, modifications and adjustments regarding future requirements can be made at any time.