Dolphin Stadium Sporting IP Video Surveillance System
- By Brent Dirks
- Feb 05, 2009
Despite being named for the NFL squad, Dolphin Stadium in Miami is consistently busy year round. Along with football fans attending professional and college matchups, the venue hosts the Florida Marlins baseball team along with such events the World Baseball Classic in March and Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.
And to help protect and enhance the game-day experience, the Miami Dolphins recently turned to GE Security and Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Integration Solutions to provide an advanced IP video surveillance system at the venue.
Using GE Security's megapixel PTZ Legend Dome cameras and Video Management System, the system is part of a fan conduct program helping security personnel respond to events at the stadium.
To help implement the NFL’s Fan Code of Conduct, the Dolphins were one of the first teams in the league to allow fans to anonymously text message security personnel regarding any disruptive or possibly dangerous event during games. With the IP video solution, security can confirm the text message and monitor the situation while the correct personnel are notified.
“The GE Security video system provides a clear view of nearly every seat in the house, so stadium security personnel can respond more effectively to reports of potential disruptions, and fans can play an important role in making sure their game-day experience is the best it can be,” said George Torres, Miami Dolphins senior director of marketing and communications. “As a result, we’re seeing fewer conduct issues, which improves safety and makes games more enjoyable for fans overall.”
The system is monitored from a control center within the stadium, and the cameras allow security personnel to enlarge video with minimal distortion to help capture sharp images for possible legal use.
“The Dolphins are committed to creating a positive experience for fans, and our ongoing partnership with them is an extension of that,” said Larry Legere, GE Security vertical sales leader of sports and entertainment. “The video surveillance installation is the first phase of a multiphase project designed to help the stadium efficiently manage access control, video and fire detection in and around the facility.”
Brent Dirks is senior e-news/Web editor for Security Products and Network-Centric Security magazines.