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With a seating capacity of just over 55,000, MSU's Davis Wade Stadium needed a full-scale surveillance solution to monitor fan behavior.

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Mississippi State Football Stadium Protected by Avigilon HD Camera System

Background

Mississippi State University boasts one of the nation's most electrifying college football stadiums, owing to its state-of-the-art HD video board, LED ribbon boards, and 55,000 seats that are filled to capacity at almost every game. To provide a safe environment for the vast number of roaring fans, MSU began a search to find a security camera system capable of capturing exceptionally detailed images. Identifying unruly fans and preventing crowd violence were the two most important objectives at Davis Wade Stadium.

Solution

Mississippi State reached out to VideoSurveillance.com to create a multi-megapixel surveillance solution that could meet the specific security needs of Davis Wade Stadium. After an in-depth project consultation and site audit, VideoSurveillance.com designed a 29 Megapixel (MP) Avigilon camera and NVR system to protect the stadium. Delivering superb optical quality, wide dynamic range, and a massive field of view, the Avigilon HD Pro Camera is perfect for monitoring a large stadium environment.

Results

With four HD Pro Cameras mounted outside the stadium's press box, Mississippi State University's management and security personnel can pinpoint any suspicious or violent activity within the stands and respond in a matter of seconds.

Customer Benefits
  • Saves response time to incidents
  • Saves money by improving security guard productivity
  • Ability to quickly search recorded video for reported events
  • Just 4 HD cameras completely cover one side of stadium
Mississippi State University Seeks Surveillance for Davis Wade Stadium

Mississippi State University (MSU), the largest university campus in the state, is home to Davis Wade Stadium, one of the most contemporary, well-attended college football stadiums in the nation. Considered one of the toughest fields to play, the 55,000-seat stadium attracts a wide variety of spectators, from first-time game attendees to effervescent fans who proudly show their unwavering support for the MSU Bulldogs.

Rowdy fans can be disorderly and disruptive, particularly when it comes to consuming alcohol and starting fights with other spectators. The seemingly innocuous act of hurling a plastic cup can turn into a physical fight, one of the more common occurrences at Davis Wade Stadium. Spectators who are caught bringing alcoholic beverages into the stadium are apprehended and asked to leave. The absence of surveillance cameras has made it extremely difficult for Davis Wade Stadium to locate spectators who are consuming alcohol or toting open containers. By the time a security guard catches notice of these incidents, it's too late to identify the individuals involved. MSU needed a way to monitor spectators in real-time to pinpoint problematic behavior and deter fans from acting out.

VideoSurveillance.com ascertained that a high megapixel camera was absolutely essential to capturing the amount of detail MSU wanted, especially in light of the overall size and various areas that needed HD monitoring.

"In the past, we've had security personnel all over the stadium, who would radio one another to check in on any incident that might be occurring, but then by the time they'd figure out what's going on in that section, it'd be over with," explained Dale Robertson, MSU's Visual Service Coordinator. He and school officials determined that installing security cameras inside the stadium would be the best solution to combating this problem. The main challenge for MSU however was finding a high resolution security camera system for identifying a single fan out of a section of 5,000 to 6,000 people.

In addition to monitoring the stadium, MSU felt certain that a surveillance camera system would deter spectators from violating stadium policies. Speaking about the cameras, Robertson says, "It's a way to prevent these types of issues from happening. If people realize they're constantly being monitored on camera, we hope that'll deter them from engaging in poor behavior."

MSU Approaches VideoSurveillance.com to Design High Megapixel Camera System

Faced with this challenge, MSU began its search for a partner with proven expertise in IP video surveillance solutions. Because of the size and scale of the project, MSU also required a high level of customer assistance and technical support.

After careful research, MSU chose to work with VideoSurveillance.com. MSU was impressed by VideoSurveillance.com's vast knowledge of IP video surveillance technology as well as its heavy involvement from the start. Unique to VideoSurveillance.com is the free Virtual Integration Program (VIP), which includes in-depth consulting, security objectives & business needs analysis, a customized integration plan, and a complete virtual site audit with customized camera placement maps.

In working with MSU, VideoSurveillance.com closely examined the layout and size of Davis Wade Stadium using mapping technologies and other software tools. Once the camera placement points were determined, VideoSurveillance.com then measured the distance between the cameras and the stadium crowd to determine what resolution would work best in that environment. "We gave VideoSurveillance.com information on what needed viewing and where we wanted to place the cameras, and that enabled them to give us some recommendations as to what would work best," said Robertson. The back-and-forth communication between VideoSurveillance.com and MSU was a critical element in the process.

VideoSurveillance.com ascertained that a high megapixel camera was absolutely essential to capturing the amount of detail that MSU required. To complete the security monitoring solution, VideoSurveillance.com specified an Avigilon NVR server for storing, viewing, and managing video. The intuitively designed Avigilon Control Center video management software would enable MSU to search, review, and archive evidentiary video in a time-efficient manner.

29 Megapixel Avigilon HD Security System Delivers Unmatched Image Quality

VideoSurveillance.com was confident that a 29 Megapixel (MP) Avigilon HD Pro Camera system would be the best choice to capture exceptionally detailed video over the immense field of view required for this project. One of the advantages of multimegapixel technology was that only four super high-resolution cameras would be required to monitor one whole side of the stadium, far fewer than typically needed for this type of application.

The Avigilon 29 MP HD Pro Camera is engineered to deliver remarkably clear and detailed images of individuals in high-traffic areas such as stadiums, parking lots, and entertainment arenas. Finding a camera with such high resolution was paramount to meeting MSU's security objectives. The HD Pro Camera fulfills these objectives by delivering images that reveal important information like facial features and other physical traits that might lead to a positive identification. It also performs well in poor or overly lit environments, which bodes well for a stadium enveloped by bright lights that shine down on the football field.

The HD Pro Camera is loaded with powerful features, including outstanding 29 MP image resolution, wide dynamic range, JPEG2000 compression technology, visibility down to 0.1 lux, Power over Ethernet technology, a progressive scan CCD sensor, remote focus & iris control, privacy masks, and motion detection.

Armed with such a high megapixel rating, the HD Pro Camera is able to identify a single person out of a crowd of thousands, and provide anunprecedented level of detail that makes it possible to actually identify him or her. Robertson was impressed with the view: "The megapixel camera was able to take a great shot, and then we could go in afterwards to zoom in, which was an incredible feature. If I'm looking at a group of several thousand, I can easily focus in one guy or girl and see them so well - it's just so cool."

In addition to Avigilon HD Pro Cameras, Mississippi State University needed a high-performance NVR server to record video for viewing at a later date. VideoSurveillance.com designed this system to include an Avigilon NVR with a 5TB Hard Disc Drive for viewing, managing, and saving video. This was of high importance to MSU, as scrutinizing each incident on video after the fact would help dictate whether disciplinary action was necessary. "With the new camera system, you can go back and look at footage and pull it up plain as day right in front of you," noted Robertson.

One of the advantages of multi-megapixel technology was that only four super highresolution cameras would be required to monitor one whole side of the stadium.

The Avigilon NVR recommended by VideoSurveillance.com was ready for installation right out of the box thanks to pre-loaded Avigilon video management software on a single interface. Avigilon Control Center showcases a broad spectrum of features, including but not limited to plug-and-play setup, easy "thumbnail" searching, remote viewing on Apple and Android devices, digital zoom, third-party integration support, secure bookmarking and exporting of HD surveillance footage & images, and compatibility with other leading camera brands & ONVIF. Avigilon's high-performance NVRs can record up to 32 MB/s of image data from up to 128 cameras. These devices utilize RAID storage and redundant power supply options for optimal performance. With support for up to 5TB of storage space, MSU can save HD video footage for several days if needed.

Supported Installation & Setup

VideoSurveillance.com prides itself on delivering dependable technical support before, during, and after installation. Once educated about the ease of connecting PoE (Power over Ethernet), cameras many customers decide to handle system installation themselves, rather than pay for outside installation services. With support from VideoSurveillance.com along the way, customers are able to install cameras safely and without difficulty.

MSU took advantage of VideoSurveillance.com's free technical support throughout the installation and setup process, making certain that it had the right equipment to connect and configure the IP cameras. Robertson, who had experience with camera installation, was able to mount the Avigilon cameras outside the stadium's press box, for a comprehensive view of spectators on the other side of the stadium.

The Avigilon cameras were mounted in outdoor-rated housing enclosures, making them impervious to common weather conditions like rain, dust, and wind. VideoSurveillance.com recommended the housing enclosures to ensure that the Avigilon cameras would be well protected for placement outdoors.

VideoSurveillance.com provided MSU with a 24-port PoE (Power over Ethernet) network switch to deliver power and data to the Avigilon HD Pro Camera System. The PoE switch will enable MSU to expand the camera system as needed, which it intends to in the future. Once the cameras were connected to the PoE switch with Cat5e cables, MSU could then set up the Avigilon NVR, which connected directly to the PoE switch. Thanks to the NVR's navigable interface and easy-to-use video analytics, the monitors and controllers are able to pull up relevant video as soon as they log in. This is crucial, as accessing video immediately will shorten reaction times to any problems that occur in the stands.

MSU Saves Time and Money with the Avigilon HD Pro Camera System

The Avigilon HD Pro Camera system delivers countless benefits to MSU's Davis Wade Stadium. Before installing the cameras, Davis Wade Stadium lacked the ability to efficiently respond to a conflict in the stands. Now, the camera controllers can check in on video in real-time, and decide then and there if action is warranted. They can also go back and examine previously recorded video to locate ill-behaved spectators and make a positive identification.

Accessing the cameras' live feed as well as recorded video has been a breeze for MSU's monitoring team. "We have an actual person monitoring the cameras because we might need security personnel to go in immediately and check on an incident right there and then."

With the implemented IP security camera system, MSU can worry less about having to hire additional security personnel to cover the stands, since video evidence will play an integral role in attending to rowdy fan behavior. "It's nice to know that we've got a whole security blanket over the stadium... I think it's going to save time and money in a number of ways - even on personnel as well," added Robertson.

MSU will likely expand the number of cameras currently protecting Davis Wade Stadium as the bowl-style stadium undergoes further renovations. The scalability and flexibility of IP video will make it easy, and cost-effective to add new cameras to the current system. For monitoring large crowds, Robertson offers up the following advice: "The one thing that we recommend to anyone with a stadium or this type of installation is that the higher the megapixel you can go the better." Davis Wade Stadium is proof of the power brought by multi-megapixel HD surveillance.

CUSTOMER GOALS

  • Increase overall security for Davis Wade Stadium
  • Deter spectators from misbehaving
  • Improve response time to disorderly conduct
  • Accurately identify individuals violating stadium policies

VERTICAL MARKET

  • Stadiums & Large Venues
  • Education

APPLICATIONS

  • Public Safety

DATE

  • November 2012
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