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CCTV surveillance for Africa Cup of Nations

Pro Security Ghana : 18 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Integrated digital camera network meets surveillance requirements for the dual venue Africa Cup of Nations in Accra.
Pro Security Ghana (PSGL) has designed and supplied a sophisticated CCTV and surveillance system for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament which was held in February 2008 and was this year won by the Egyptian football team.

The highly advanced network was designed as an extension to a city centre system in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, which PSGL had supplied to monitor a number of city centre areas and expanded last year for the country's 50th anniversary celebrations last year.

As well as the 40,000 capacity Ohene Djan stadium in Accra, the tournament was also hosted by the similarly sized Baba Yari stadium in Kumasi, along with two smaller venues in the cities of Tamale and Sekondi-Takoradi. All four venues were supplied with a combination of static and Pan Tilt & Zoom (PTZ) cameras from Bosch, JVC and Pelco. The stadia in Accra and Kumasi had around 70 cameras each, while the smaller venues had up to 20.

The system was designed by Martin Parry, technical advisor to PSGL, who says: 'The brief was to provide as high-quality real-time pictures as possible, with high-quality recording across all the sites. So the bulk of the camera feeds were brought back as analogue signals, to give the operators outstanding image quality. Pictures were then encoded via Bosch VIPX encoders into MPEG4 signals, for recording to an ISCI RAID hard-disk system.' This meant many kilometres of both fibre optic and Co ax cable which was supplied by Quadtronics in the UK.

While each venue had its own local control room, the heart of the system was in a network control centre situated in Accra, the Ghanaen capital. Here video was relayed via wireless networking. A DigiFend network digital management system from Sicura Systems acted as the hub of the network, and Parry says: 'The control-room staff in Accra were already conversant with and well-trained on the DigiFend, so it was a natural extension of an already successful working project.'

Summing up the design and implementation process, Gary Stubley, MD of PSGL, says: 'The new network digital management system was well prepared in the UK before shipping by the Sicura team. It was pre-built and tested, before being carefully packed and shipped. This was important as the deadline was tight. We installed the system within a few hours and met the time line for the games. During the games, the system provided a lot of invaluable information, and it was a tribute to Sicura that the installation was so carefully planned and it really did pay off!'
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