Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Fulham FC introduces tablet CCTV

Security staff can access the new HD CCTV system using mobile devices, including iPads
Ground staff at Fulham FC can now keep an eye out for trouble using tablets and smartphones.
The Premier League club has installed an advanced security system that allows employees to wirelessly monitor its network of 63 HD cameras.
Images of troublemakers can be quickly circulated to police and Fulham's own crowd control team.
In future the technology may incorporate facial recognition, linked to a database of known hooligans.

Instant action
The old CCTV system was ditched in favour of ethernet-connected high definition cameras
The entire system runs on an IP computer network, meaning that cameras are hooked-up using standard ethernet cables.
Video is stored on a central server and can be accessed by a range of devices, securely connected to Fulham's wi-fi mesh network.
Fulham HD CCTV camerasThis allows local and remote access via a range of devices, including the iPads and iPhone currently being tried out.
Users control the cameras by dragging their finger across the screen and can even use the standard pinch-to-zoom feature.
Before the upgrade, the ground was equipped with 27 standard definition cameras, each recording onto its own VHS tape deck.
"Incidents that happened were taking days to recover. We can now do that within seconds," said Nicolas Pendlebury, Fulham FC's head of IT projects.
CCTV operator and crowd shot Operators can zoom in on the stands at a high resolution
"Say there are five fans in the away end breaking seats, we would bookmark the image in the application, email those photos to one of our response team and say 'please eject these people'.
"They can't argue it is not them. It stands up in court if we need to take it there."
The higher quality provided by the HD cameras means that the club can now produce still images to help identify troublemakers, in contrast to the poor results lifted from its old system.
"The closest we could get to any fan was four or five people wide by four or five high. The image was like, 'do you know this man?', and you would say 'is it a man?'," said Mr Pendlebury
Smart CCTV Artificial intelligence promises to add even more advanced features to the new CCTV setup in future.
In addition to facial recognition, linked to a national database of football hooligans, the club is hoping to introduce systems that can detect suspicious behaviour.
House windows The club is in the process of blacking out sensitive locations nearby
"We are looking at a tool that can pick up threats. For example, if it sees me walking into a room with a bag, but leaving without the bag, it will pick up that I entered with something and left with nothing," said Mr Pendlebury.
Because the system is online, the club has put in place a range of safeguards to ensure that access to the feeds is secure.
Use of the remote access devices, including iPads is currently limited to four authorised individuals, and is only possible while connected to the club's own private network.
Fulham is also putting in place privacy measures to protect local residents whose homes may fall within the camera's field of view.
The location of windows on nearby houses has been digitally mapped and will be automatically blacked out.

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