Little League Baseball Implements Mesh Network Video for Security (8/15/12)
Firetide joined Lenel Systems International and Axis Communications to contribute an extensive wireless video surveillance network for the 66th annual Little League Baseball World Series (LLBWS). More than 400,000 spectators are expected during the 10-day event.
“The annual Little League Baseball World Series is the largest international gathering of youth sports in the world, and we have an obligation to provide a secure environment over the two-week competition,” said Jim Ferguson, director of security for Little League Baseball and Softball. “The technology solutions from Firetide, Lenel and Axis enable us to provide our joint security forces with the high-performance wireless video network they need to ensure a safe, fun experience for all the players and fans.”
For the past 65 years, the small borough of South Williamsport, Pa., with a population of less than 6,500 hosts the two-week baseball tournament that brings 16 of the world’s best Little League baseball teams together to compete head-to-head to determine a world champion.
For the past two years, the LLBWS has improved its security technology with Lenel access control and a mix of Axis IP-based digital surveillance cameras, and this year Firetide will contribute 13 outdoor-mesh nodes to connect a real-time network of multiple IP cameras covering the majority of the 79-acre baseball complex and surrounding areas.
With the mesh technology, LLBWS has increased the video surveillance coverage area significantly compared with previous years. The Firetide wireless video network coupled with a new mix of Axis Communications network cameras will provide security forces with live video feeds of areas directly surrounding the baseball stadiums, public parking lots and the dormitory complex that houses all players and coaches during their two-week stay.
In addition to the fixed camera locations, motorized mobile security vehicles will be outfitted with wireless mesh nodes, turning them into roaming hot spots that provide network access to security forces roaming the grounds via portable devices such as laptops, smartphones and iPads. The roaming capability increases the overall coverage area of the video network and provides security officers with live visibility as they are approaching a scene.
Little League Baseball security officers can access the video network and control each camera from a centralized location, enabling them to help locate lost individuals, detect people approaching secured areas, track suspicious items, monitor public parking lots, count crowd size, and provide an overall sense of security for the players and attendees. Additionally, the wireless network now enables Little League Baseball safety and security personnel to monitor the highway that abuts the facility.
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