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.

Candlestick Park“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.

About the Author


Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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