Within their Venue Operations Centre that is equipped with 12 46-inch displays across five operator desks, the NEC are doing both passive and active monitoring. When there is a show in place, they up the number of operators working from the unified security platform, and Vindex Systems provides on-site technical support for troubleshooting and maintenance.
“Our operators have adapted extremely well to the new technology,” said Gary Masters. “In fact, the transition went much better than expected, and we have achieved some excellent outcomes resulting in arrests because of the new system. Users are able to easily review the data, moving between systems to track incidents and provide excellent quality evidence.”
More than security, the NEC have thought outside the box and are leveraging Security Center for two very unique business applications. On the video side, they have set up a dedicated exhibitor server and are leasing video surveillance services to exhibitors at a show. With temporary Axis cameras installed, this revenue-generating application is facilitated by partitions in Security Center.
On the ANPR side of the system, the NEC have made a VIP parking service available to visitors by using AutoVu for gated access control. Exhibitor attendees can now go online and book their VIP parking in advance, using their vehicle number plate. Upon entering the car park, the AutoVu Sharp camera will scan their number plate, compare it to the pre-paid database and then allow or deny entry.
The NEC also have plans to continue to grow the Omnicast installation. Their first objective is to provide remote video access to the police. Beyond that, the NEC’s next aim is to implement the same security system design at their sister venue The National Indoor Arena in central Birmingham. Thanks to the Federation features of Security Center, which seamlessly bridge independent sites as one virtual system, the NEC will be able to monitor all activities across all their sites from their main Operations Centre; while still keeping server and storage facilities independent. Extending Security Center’s cutting-edge capabilities across all sites is a testament to the NEC’s belief in unified security, to which Gary Masters corroborates:
“Integrating systems improves the operational ability of our team. Bringing systems together in a single interface is simply more user-friendly and more efficient,” he concluded. “We
have had a number of successes with the system since it was introduced. The improved video surveillance quality, the easy to use interface, and the ability to move between video and ANPR systems has resulted in identification of offenders and resulted in prosecutions.”
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