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Going for the Gold

Dahua Technology cameras provide winning video surveillance solution for 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

When the Olympic Games come to town, the welfare of people and property are of paramount importance in both the planning process and during the event. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro drew 500,000 foreign visitors and sold $7.5 million tickets to people who watched 10,500 athletes compete. There were 85,000 security staff on hand, and the overall budget for security totaled $895 million.

Olympic Requirements

To ensure a secure environment for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro government officials sought a comprehensive video surveillance solution to monitor a wide expanse of areas inside and around the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro—Copacabana, Maracanã, Deodoro, and Barra da Tijuca. Other venues that required monitoring included the Olympic Stadium, Sambódromo, Maracanãzinho Olympic Centre BMX, Beach Volleyball Arena, Olympic Village and Paralympic, as well as the surrounding roads that are for exclusive use by the officials, athletes and official press.

The Olympics security project required cameras that could produce high definition (HD) images and be capable of supporting intelligent video analytics, which is critical when monitoring events with a high flow of foot traffic.

Rio de Janeiro government officials selected Dahua Technology, a highvalue, total security solutions provider with the second largest market share worldwide (according to research firm IHS), because it fulfilled all bidding requirements and was regarded as the best solution that offered the highest performance.

Using the Network

Dahua provided 80 percent of the video surveillance solutions for the Rio 2016 Games: 1,823 high-resolution IP, dome, and 30x optical PTZ cameras for the security project. The Dahua cameras were installed in strategic locations where security staff could observe the Olympic complex and its environments. The video feed was transmitted through a private network to the central monitoring stations inside Olympic Park and the Rio de Janeiro Operation Center, where people and objects could clearly be identified to help safeguard athletes and visitors. The Dahua total security solution assisted authorities in identifying medical emergencies, vandalism, and other situations where a response team was required.

The video surveillance system was designed to capture high quality HD images. The cameras have advanced technology to support embedded intelligence functions, such as sending an alert to central monitoring when it detects abandoned or missing objects, unauthorized entry into a prohibited area and other defined activities. The cameras supported multi-streaming that allows images to be recorded and monitored in real-time high resolution, so that operators had a clear and well-defined view of both live and recorded footage.

In addition to its video surveillance products, Dahua also contributed to the 2016 Rio Olympics security project by providing full technical and commercial support that included training operators and managing settings adjustments. Dahua coordinated a partnership between the integrators and the Rio de Janeiro government to provide comprehensive integration between the cameras and third-party platforms deployed in this project.

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Security Today.

About the Author

Raleigh Gerber is the corporate communications manager at Dahua.

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