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Security Burns Brighter at Candlestick Park

A drop-off in system reliability and rise in high-profile violence at sports venues were in play as the San Francisco 49ers called a security audible and upgraded Candlestick Park’s over-the-hill video surveillance system. Integrator and end user explain how the migration to a networked solution has created a safer and more efficient game-day experience.

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Candlestick Park's two security operations centers feature Ocularis CS video walls with map-driven interfaces of the venue. The solution's flexible navigation allows system operators to switch views and push camera feeds to other security staff in the stadium so incidents can be responded to rapidly.“Security systems don’t just mean dealing with bad guys. It also gives us the ability to enhance the game-day experience,” says Mercurio. “For example, is that usher in the right position? Is that security guard making the rounds the way we expect him to? Can we move crowd control? Can we open up other concession stand to relieve pressure? It’s a fantastic tool to get people in sync, efficient and functioning.”

As is typical with surveillance deployments, in this case even as a mid-decade move to bigger and better stadium digs looms, the end user is mulling over further system enhancements. 

“There is interest to add video analytics, access control integration and mobile video clients for roaming stadium security staff,” says Green. “We are also looking at some custom integration involving the text-based messaging system.”

For now the solution is helping keep violence where it belongs — on the punishing end of a collision with 49ers’ star defender Patrick Willis. And while the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints may have something to say about it, the system just may capture video of the franchise’s first NFC Championship Game since 1998.

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The new video surveillance upgrade at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park is built upon OnSSI’s Ocularis CS enterprise-scale, IP video-centric platform to enable live monitoring, investigation and event handling.

“Candlestick Park has a lot of cameras and not a lot of people to watch them,” says Brad Anderson, national sales manager of OnSSI. “The park needed more security and less operational costs, and Ocularis CS enables operators to manage, view, control and play back video easily. They have a lot of fans showing up once a week on game day, and they need something fast and easy to view.”

The client software provides immediate access to camera views and video playback via an intuitive interface. In addition to live viewing, it offers blank screen monitoring capability with video “pushed” to an operator only as needed. These features enable Candlestick operators to manage video evidence and preserve events for an unlimited time, organized in an easily accessible database.

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Scott Goldfine
Scott joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
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