City of Houston Deploys Axis Cameras to ensure public safety during Super Bowl LIVE
Axis Communications announced that Axis’ high-resolution network cameras will be used to help secure Super Bowl LIVE, a 10-day fan entertainment festival in downtown Houston from Jan. 27-Feb. 5, 2017.
The City of Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security selected Axis’ video and audio products to provide surveillance at and around the event’s venue, Discovery Green, a 12 acre park in downtown Houston. More than one million fans are expected to experience the excitement of Super Bowl LIVE, which includes free concerts, fan games and other attractions.
A combination of Axis dome network cameras, a thermal network camera and network horn speakers will be deployed throughout the venue to help monitor and secure entryways, stages and entertainment areas. Axis partner Preferred Technologies, Inc., is facilitating the system’s deployment for the Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, who will manage the surveillance equipment and monitor cameras from a central command center and the Houston Emergency Operations Center.
“Axis is proud to have been chosen to protect Discovery Green during the Super Bowl LIVE event. Our video and audio technologies will be on site and ready to keep attendees safe,” said Fredrik Nilsson, vice president, Americas, Axis Communications, Inc. “For fans, Super Bowl LIVE will be filled with excitement and fun. For public safety personnel, the security requirements are complex, including monitoring large crowds and a need for temporary deployments. Axis’ IP-based video, thermal, and audio products are designed specifically for unique and challenging security situations like these.”
Among the Axis products to be deployed are pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) dome network cameras equipped with laser focus along with Axis’ Lightfinder and Wide Dynamic Range technologies to show more image details in challenging light conditions. Discreet Axis dome network cameras and a thermal network camera will also be deployed. The thermal camera will be equipped with Eagle-i Edge™, an advanced video analytics solution from Jemez Technology, designed for real-time threat detection and tracking. Each of the cameras are equipped with Axis’ Zipstream technology, which helps reduce network bandwidth and storage requirements. Axis network horn speakers will also be installed to offer the ability to remotely address people and deter unwanted activity.
“This is an opportunity for fans of all ages to enjoy the best of what Super Bowl LIVE and the city of Houston has to offer and have an unforgettable experience. Keeping the public safe during an event of this size, requires close coordination between agencies and real-time information sharing,” said Dennis Storemski, Director of the City of Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. “The Axis network surveillance equipment will help us closely monitor crowds, have visibility into more areas at once, deploy personnel strategically and respond appropriately as needed.”
Louroe Electronics™ is providing intelligent sound detection equipment, which will interface with other security devices. Siklu Communication is also providing 60GHz V-Band Radios, which are not subject to Wi-Fi interference thus able to provide a reliable wireless connection even with heavy congestion in the city during the event.