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Valero Texas Open improves onsite security using Axis network cameras
Axis hosted video solution keeps charity golf tournament running smoothly and without loss
“With Axis cameras and NAVCO’s hosted video services helping us prevent any major security issues, we avoided having to pay out insurance deductibles for damages or theft. And every penny we saved meant more money we could give to the charities we support.“ Ted Kneale, tournament operations coordinator for the Valero Texas Open.
When the PGA Tour hosts the annual Valero Texas Open, its prestigious professional golf tournament in San Antonio, tens of thousands of fans turn out for the 4-day event. In 2011, Golf San Antonio (GSA), the local charity organization that runs the tournament, decided to augment its onsite security force. This includes sheriff’s department officers and private security guards, with network surveillance cameras via a hosted video service. GSA felt that video surveillance at the TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course would add an essential layer of protection to its security and loss prevention program.
Piggybacking on a temporary network infrastructure installed for the event by AT&T, security systems integrator and Axis partner NAVCO deployed eight Axis network cameras to monitor the main ticketing gates, merchandising tents, refreshment areas, golf cart storage area and staff parking lot. Leveraging the AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS) platform, the cameras streamed live across the network to NAVCO’s Videometrixs.com cloud portal where the video was securely stored while being immediately available to tournament staff for review on demand.
According to vendors, local law enforcement and the event’s security contractor, the network cameras were such successful deterrents that any losses were negligible. The busy operations department also used the surveillance coverage to oversee countless activities simultaneously – such as cash handling issues at the ticketing booth as well as monitoring incoming bus traffic and bottlenecks with golf cart usage – to prevent any minor problems from escalating.