Lenel Deploys IP Video Management System at Little League World Series

For the 17th year, Lenel is providing security systems to protect the Little League complex and players from nine countries.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Lenel, a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, is marking its 17th year providing security systems for the Little League World Series. Each year the company contributes its technology, supplies, service and expertise to help protect attendees of the 10-day event, which culminates this year with the world championship game on Aug. 30.

“The time, talent and resources provided by Lenel have made them a long-term and valued partner of the Little League World Series,” says James Ferguson, director of security for Little League Int’l. “With the latest electronic security technology available to us, we know we are doing all we can to ensure the safety of the players, coaches, spectators and volunteers who make this an exciting global event.”

New this year, Lenel is piloting the latest version of its Prism open IP video management system in the tournament command center. This new version features Prism Mobile, enabling security guards in the field to remotely monitor surveillance cameras throughout the complex. Prism’s embedded video matrix feature allows Little League security to share video with local first responders.

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Upon arrival at the Little League complex, each player from 16 participating teams is enrolled in the OnGuard system and receives a photo identification badge to wear throughout the series. The badges allow players to access areas throughout the Creighton J. Hale International Grove, where they live, eat and relax between games.

The OnGuard system also links with the complex’s video surveillance, allowing video verification of people accessing selected areas. When a person presents a badge to a card reader, live video is displayed along with the cardholder’s database photo. This enables security personnel to visually verify the person’s identity.

In addition to identity verification of children, the company says the OnGuard platform is safeguarding many other activities, including:

  • Locating lost children: the system’s video analytics can help spot children who may have wandered away from The Grove or spectator areas.
  • Evacuations: the system provides a roll call ensuring that all cardholders are accounted for.
  • Averting threats and locating lost articles: intelligent video algorithms can help locate lost articles, detect suspicious packages left unattended, vehicles in forbidden areas and other out-of-the-ordinary activity.
  • Medical intervention: Sick or injured individuals can be quickly located so that medical attention can be provided.

Ron Virden, general manager, electronic access control solutions at UTC Building & Industrial Systems, says Lenel remains committed to the youth baseball organization, which now involves more than 2.6 million children in more than 75 countries.

“The Little League World Series is an iconic summer event and it’s our privilege to help provide a safer and more secure environment for all involved,” Virden says. “Each year we ensure that Little League Baseball has the latest updates of our industry-leading OnGuard integrated security platform and other integrated security products.”

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