Genetec Gear, Pelco Cams Securing Vast Melbourne Cricket Grounds

Genetec's Omnicast system is currently managing about 400 Pelco cameras inside and outside the premises.
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What’s the best way to provide security for a sporting venue with a circumference of 1.2 km (about 1.8 miles) wuth a capacity for 100,000 enthusiastic Australian cricket fans?

Genetec, mased near Montreal, Canada, said it has the answer—it’s deployed its Omnicast IP video surveillance and Synergis IP access control solution to the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the largest-capacity sporting venues in the world.

With further expansion still to come, the Omnicast system is currently managing about 400 Pelco cameras inside and outside the premises, in tandem with Synergis, which controls more than 70 back-of-the-house doors that are equipped with HID readers.

Previously, the Melbourne Cricket Club (the organization appointed by the MCG to manage and maintain the sporting venue), was working with two legacy systems that were complex in design and thus, difficult to operate. Moreover, the systems were independent with no information or data being shared between them.

The local integrator suggested Genetec solutions as a replacement since they met all of the MCG's key requirements. As IP-based and open-architecture systems, Omnicast and Synergis allow the MCG to choose from best-of-breed hardware, regardless of the manufacturer, and benefit from the latest security technology advancements as they are released on the market.

The MCG also chose Genetec's unified solution as it offered a single easy-to-use interface for both access and video, and provided consolidated access and video reporting consolidation of information. The results include significant anpower savings.

"We did our due diligence in looking at what the market had to offer," said Andy Frances, manager of security and venue support at the MCC. "But the underlying attraction with Genetec was their willingness to meet with us, listen to our requests and adapt their product for our specific needs. In subsequent product releases, we were already seeing features that we had asked for. That was a true testament to the Genetec organization and people."

The MCG is also leveraging Omnicast's mapping feature, allowing operators to pinpoint specific cameras in a matter of seconds and pull up video with the click of a mouse. Before, operators would memorize camera numbers around the grounds, a seemingly inconceivable task. More than that, operators are now forgoing once manual chores by using Synergis' advanced features to set timing for automatic locking and unlocking of doors, and to open and close doors remotely.

The MCG has also been able to exploit the system for other uses outside the security department. The Events Management department has been given access to the Omnicast system for crowd management and queuing purposes. When live events draw masses of spectators, the events management team is able to see where they need to move their ticket sellers, or when they need to open extra ticket windows, amongst so much more.

Although the MCG is currently running an integrated system with Omnicast and Synergis, it is looking to move its system to Genetec's unified security platform, the Security Center, for a deeper level of unification and added benefits.

The successful deployment of the new integrated system was made possible by the collaborative and direct involvement of Genetec's Australian distributor, Open Platform Systems (OPS), and integrator, Integrators Australia.

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