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4K video surveillance secures Rugby fanzone

Sony Professional Europe : 15 January, 2016  (Application Story)
Newcastle fanzone for Rugby World Cup gained additional security with wide surveillance coverage using Sony 4K video cameras
4K video surveillance secures Rugby fanzone

Fans all over the world travelled to England for the Rugby World Cup 2015. As one of the host cities, Newcastle created a fanzone area as an extension to its stadium for spectators to watch and enjoy all of the matches, as well as get involved in lots of fun rugby-related activities. With thousands of fans on site at any one point, Newcastle City Council chose to add the Sony SNC-VM772R 4K video security camera to its existing network to ensure maximum security and safety of the public.

When looking for a security solution to meet the demands of the busy site, Newcastle City Council made it clear that optimum image quality was a top priority in order to ensure the most effective monitoring possible. With a large area to cover, it was crucial that the solution would be able to capture the entire site and the minute details of the scene to provide round the clock surveillance.

The site required a robust security solution which offered broad coverage and the best footage quality. The solution needed to deliver all the benefits of 4K technology, particularly high image resolution, without adding to the strain on the video network. Newcastle City Council needed to cover a wide field of view on the site whilst simultaneously having the ability to zoom in to areas of interest within the scene to make identification undisputable every time.

Sony’s 4K SNC-VM772R security camera was installed to monitor the fanzone area.  The 4K camera   combines the enhanced resolution of up to 20MP with impressive low-light sensitivity, bandwidth optimization features and intelligent scene capture capability (to automatically deliver the best picture quality depending on the scene), ideal for on-site surveillance at the Rugby World Cup fanzone.

The fully integrated, easy-to-manage system has delivered comprehensive security at the fanzone during the Rugby World Cup. Traditionally, high resolution imaging has come at the expense of  low-light sensitivity. The high sensitivity and 1.0 type 20MP Exmor R™ sensor used in the SNC-VM772R means that 4K high resolution recording is maintained regardless of lighting levels, enabling clear image capture in light and dark conditions. The implementation of 4K has created a streamlined security solution on the site, so identification can be accurate each and every time. The camera has seamlessly integrated within the site’s large, existing security network, providing high image capture in the site’s key area.

Newcastle City Council tasked Universal Systems Solutions (USS) with providing detailed coverage of the entire site when it was at full capacity. The organisation entrusted USS to deliver the quality security solution it needed and thanks to the depth of USS’s expertise and strong partnership with Sony, the company was able to seamlessly fulfil its customer’s requirements. This was achieved by implementing a reliable solution which fitted with the existing Sony models, providing 4K image coverage in the required area at a low bandwidth. USS was impressed with the SNC-VM772R’s hassle-free fitting and ease of installation on site. The SNC toolbox mobile, a convenient app that provides a simpler and smarter video security camera setup for installers, meant the camera could be easily installed at a very high point and managed via a smartphone, omitting the need for the installers to climb up and down ladders to adjust the field of view.

Paul Angus, Community Safety Officer at Newcastle City Council explained: “When we were looking for a security solution on site, we wanted a top of the range product which delivered uncompromising image quality. Since installing the solution we have been very impressed with the enhanced image quality and wider scene capture. Compared to analogue and HD models, we’ve been able to see details within a scene much more clearly and can easily differentiate between colours and shapes in the images we capture.”

Kevin Bruce, Director at USS says of the solution: “Having worked with Sony for many years, we remain impressed by the breadth and quality of its video security solutions which meet the high standards of our customers. The combination of the 4K camera’s lower bandwidth, night time viewing and back light compensation made it the ideal option for Newcastle City Council’s fanzone. Sony’s technology has been core to delivering against the brief and migrating to the latest future-proofed surveillance system for this project.”

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