PFM 21 7 Oct 2018 - Page 22



Security
NEWS
Next Generation, Cutting Edge Security
Upgrades Announced for Manchester Arena
N
ew security and surveillance
upgrades
have
been
announced at Manchester
Arena, with the first phase expected
to be complete by mid-autumn.
The system upgrade includes the
installation of next generation camera
technology combined with cutting-edge
access control and is set to be rolled out
ahead of a number of high-profile events
that are being staged at the arena this
autumn.
Following the installation of the latest
state-of-the-art
security
cameras,
developments include super high
definition 4K resolution images and
enhanced
video
analytics
with
appearance search, plus self-learning
analytics
with
presence/absence
detection and the ability to detect
unusual motion events.
The new facilities will also see an
improvement in data management and
delivery, and form part of an expanding
security network which enables remote
monitoring off-site at venues across the
UK.
The large-scale upgrade will be
implemented by South Yorkshire-based
firm Reflex Systems, a leading security
system installer whose previous projects
include providing deployable security
systems for the G8 Summit, as well as
work at off-park venues at the Olympics,
Wimbledon, and Wembley Stadium.
Reflex Systems will be leading on the
Manchester Arena upgrades. The
specialist firm was chosen by SMG
Europe having looked at similar effective
solutions designed and installed by them
at the award-winning Leeds first direct
Arena and other large capacity public
venues.
Lee Sinnott, senior facilities manager at
SMG Europe, said: “The scope of the
project was to deliver a powerful scalable
end-to-end surveillance solution over an
IP network, employing the latest HD/4K
cameras, video analytics at the edge and
through an intelligent video stream data
management system.
“The challenge to find the right
surveillance system with state-of-the-art
technology that operates in a harsh light
environment was realised through a
detailed study and product testing with
temporary camera deployments during
Arena events.
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“The results allow us to actively monitor
& effectively manage large crowds in
differing light conditions both in real time
and forensically, post event. Providing
video evidence of the highest quality was
an important deliverable on the project.
“The planned installation of an expanded
access control solution with system
integration into the CCTV was a key part
of the project. The electronic access
control system will now provide us with
the capability to respond to national
threat levels and dynamically deploy a
range of security measures through a
powerful user interface.
John Pye, managing director of Reflex
Systems, said: “Some of the technology
involved in the upgrades at Manchester
Arena is very new in terms of its
features, and is a convergence of
security with IT and advanced
management software.
“We have significant experience in the
area of public venue applications, and
through our expertise and technology
partners we deliver solutions which
allow venue owners, whatever scale, to
provide safer and more secure
environments for everyone.”
For more information on Reflex Systems
visit www.reflexsystems.co.uk
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