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U of T secures athletes and fans with Avigilon HD

Organizers of a world-class track and field deployed Avigilon’s 16 megapixel cameras and network video management software to deliver a safe and secure stadium environment.

August 4, 2009  By Staff

In June, 2009, the University of Toronto hosted a world-class track and
field meet featuring such renowned international athletes as Usain Bolt
and Shawn Chambers, Gold and Silver medalists at the Beijing 2008
Olympics. Making the safety and security of spectators and athletes a
top priority, U of T deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System
including two Avigilon 16 megapixel HD IP cameras and Avigilon Control
Center network video management software.

“Securing a large stadium facility like the Varsity Center poses a
number of challenges to security staff,” said Dan Hutt director of
campus police service at the University of Toronto. “We worked closely
with the experts at Avigilon to quickly install a high definition
surveillance system which ultimately helped ensure that we could
deliver an incident free event.”

“The University of Toronto organized an impressive world-class track
and field event that attracted 7,000 spectators plus athletes, coaches,
and other support staff from around the world,” said Dave Tynan,
vice-president of global sales at Avigilon. “By deploying
Avigilon’s high definition surveillance system, organizers were able to
deliver the full situational awareness and detail needed to ensure the
safety of attendees and athletes.”

The Festival of Excellence is part of a series of track and field
events celebrating Varsity Centre’s IAAF-certified track and the new
throws area that made its debut in June 2009.  Other key events include
the OFSAA track and field championships, Ontario’s biggest high school
athletics event, and the 2009 Canadian senior track and field


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