Soldier Field upgrades to IP security system with Axis cameras

SP&T Staff
Thursday December 01, 2016
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Chicago’s Soldier Field has upgraded its security system to include Axis Communications’ high-resolution network video cameras. Axis partnered with Convergint Technologies and Genetec to create the solution for the venue that hosts the Chicago Bears and many other events throughout the year.

Equipped with an enterprise system of both Axis fixed and PTZ network cameras on a Genetec VMS platform, Soldier Field maintains coverage of their facility on an ongoing basis and takes advantage of the PTZ capabilities by relying on cameras installed high up with a wide spectrum of coverage.

“Security is the most important thing that we oversee here,” said Moira O’Connor, director of operations at Soldier Field. “We’ve got 63,000 fans that come into this stadium to have a good time and enjoy themselves; they need to feel safe and know that they are in a harmless environment. The Axis cameras allow us that opportunity to provide a secure environment. We felt they were the best cameras on the market and we are glad that we moved forward with this system.”

In implementing the upgraded IP camera system, Soldier Field required a lot of cameras be deployed while keeping the aesthetic look of the building—constructed in 1924—in tact.

“Soldier Field is an iconic lakefront property in the city of Chicago; we needed to make certain that any additions to the security system did not take away from the historical structure of the building,” said Greg Kubacki, vice-president of Convergint Technologies. “The wide selection of Axis cameras allowed us to meet every specific need at the stadium.”

Axis notes it used Genetec software and a Brocade switch system on a fiber network to keep processes well-organized and effective.

Security staff at Soldier Field is responsible for the entire seating bowl of the stadium along with unrestricted concourses and over an acre of parkland, both of which are open and accessible to the public year round. There are also ticket booths, offices and sensitive areas not open to the general public but in need of camera coverage.

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