Security upgrades planned for Manchester Arena

Posted On 05 Oct 2018
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New security and surveillance upgrades have been announced at Manchester Arena, with the first phase expected to be complete by mid-autumn. The system upgrade includes the installation of camera technology combined with access control and is set to be rolled out ahead of a number of high-profile events that are being staged at the arena.

The security cameras will feature 4K resolution images and video analytics with appearance search, plus self-learning analytics with presence/absence detection and the ability to detect unusual motion events. The new facilities will also see an improvement in data management and delivery, and form part of an expanding security network which enables remote monitoring off-site at venues across the UK.

The upgrade will be implemented by Reflex Systems.

Lee Sinnott, senior facilities manager at venue operator SMG Europe, said: “The scope of the project was to deliver a powerful scalable end-to-end surveillance solution over an IP network, employing the latest HD/4K cameras, video analytics at the edge and through an intelligent video stream data management system.

“The challenge to find the right surveillance system with technology that operates in a harsh light environment was realised through a detailed study and product testing with temporary camera deployments during Arena events. The results allow us to actively monitor and effectively manage large crowds in differing light conditions both in real time and forensically, post event. Providing video evidence of the highest quality was an important deliverable on the project.

“The planned installation of an expanded access control solution with system integration into the CCTV was a key part of the project. The electronic access control system will now provide us with the capability to respond to national threat levels and dynamically deploy a range of security measures through a powerful user interface.”

John Pye, managing director of Reflex Systems, said: “Some of the technology involved in the upgrades at Manchester Arena is very new in terms of its features, and is a convergence of security with IT and advanced management software.”