Sporting events can prove a real challenge to security providers. A large amount of people, potentially from all over the world, descend at the same time. But what do you do if the venue does not have a suitable solution in place? After the event has finished, it may no longer have a need for such heightened security. Enter a temporary solution, like the one reseller Valton Security Ltd. provided for the World Swimming Championships 2017 in Hungary using Hikvision equipment.
BP 2017 Nonprofit Ltd the Hungarian organiser of the 2017 World Swimming Championships, including ‘aquatic’ sports such as swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and high diving, in July was the largest sporting showcase Hungary has ever hosted. It involved almost 3,000 athletes in the different aquatic disciplines, competing in 75 contests over a period of 17 days.
The competitions took place in five venues, including the brand new, state-of-the-art Dagály Swimming Complex in Budapest, with other activities taking place in venues in the city of Balatonfüred.
There were a number of challenges facing the organisers and professionals of Valton to make the event secure for both visitors and participants from all over the world. They needed to mitigate all sorts of risks, from pickpocketing right up to terrorist attacks.
The first challenge was that the CCTV system had to be installed at all five locations in each city for the protection of both visitors and participants. All the systems needed to be operated on their own, but there had to be a central monitoring control room, where all camera feeds needed to be displayed and controlled as one entire common system. All system elements were installed temporarily, only for the time of the event.
Secondly, in the central monitoring room, the cameras of each system were displayed on a monitor assigned to that system. But the operators also needed to be able to see camera displays from the different sites at the same time on a monitor wall, laptops and wireless tablets. To add another layer of complexity, these platforms also needed to support different user access levels.
Thirdly, all systems needed to be shared with the local authorities. The local police force had access to the live images of the cameras, although they were not able to control the feeds.
And finally, all of this needed to be achieved in a ‘temporary’ solution provided by Valton Security.
Valton Security looked to Hikvision for the entire solution – there was no need to include other providers, since all user requirements could be addressed using Hikvision products.
The large shopping list included 110 3MP speed domes, 20 4MP bullet cameras, 5 NVRs and equipment for the central monitoring room. Together, these created a powerful solution to meet all the requirements and challenges this project posed.
Using decoders and joysticks with built in monitors made operators’ work extremely effective in keeping an eye on all the activities going on in the venues in both cities. The system used Hikvision’s iVMS 4200 software running on the client workstations, making it very simple and easy to use even for operators with limited CCTV application experience. The extra benefits of a multi-language user interface also proved very helpful, with users coming from different parts of the world.
Laszlo Mihalik, Valton‘s Technical Director and the project’s leader, says: “The operation of the system was as reliable as expected. In fact, there were no fault reports during the event at all. Local and remote control options also worked perfectly throughout.”
He adds: “The high resolution cameras proved to be a very good choice. Despite continuously changing light circumstances, huge crowd and fast motions they provided us with perfect images. Although the systems were installed for a shorter period of time, the usage of the resources was extremely high.”
So, what happened after the event was finished? The whole system was designed in such a way that it could be taken down again for reuse. The security company responsible for protecting the event essentially bought the system – and they keep in on hand to reuse for other events like this in the future.