This image shows IQeye coverage of the stands at a Slovak soccer stadium.

Slovakian Stadiums Deploy Cameras to Combat Fan Violence

San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based IQinVision announced that its HD megapixel cameras are being installed in multiple football (soccer) stadiums throughout Slovakia to combat "hooligan" violence and create a safer, more enjoyable atmosphere for all who attend the events. Slovak T-Com is handling the installations. The integrator for this on-going project is Siemens, with custom software provided by Canex Connections.

Currently, three Slovakian stadiums have installed between 12 and 16 IQeye Alliance cameras at each location to provide panoramic views of all seating terrace areas. Two more stadiums are scheduled to install the same array of IQeye cameras located in approximately six metal cylinders in the infield of each stadium and trained on the seating areas. There are 13 more stadiums considering installation of the same system that uses IQeye HD megapixel technology.

Security forces monitor activity in the stadiums from a central control room, where they use the cWatch Stadium Monitor System (from Canex), an advanced new touch-screen control system that monitors camera images, zooms in to quickly and easily identify troublemakers, enabling security personnel to immediately intervene and stop potential incidents. IQinVision said the camera system meets the strictest standards of the European Union.

The company said that since August 2009 at least six separate incidents have been observed by the new systems and security forces and/or police have intervened to stop incidents and, when appropriate, prosecute wrong-doers. Incidents have included fights, lighting seats on fire, and burning flags.

According to IQinVision, the newly installed systems have been welcomed by the highest representatives of Slovakian football. "I am delighted that through the cooperation of the Union League Club, the Slovak Football Association and Slovak Telekom that our football stadiums are now using these advanced camera surveillance systems," said Union League Club President Charles Belaník. "This comprehensive solution fully meets the needs and stringent requirements of our Union. I believe that this step will lead to increased security, appreciated not only by all fans of Slovak football, but also the general public."

On the basis of performance to date, the Slovak football association has recommended the video surveillance system for all 18 stadiums, IQinVision said. The installations are scheduled to happen by the end of autumn this year.

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