San Francisco 49ers upgrade analog cameras with Axis video encoders

Surveying the stadium activity from a video wall ensures a positive game day experience for all

Network-enabling our cameras with Axis video encoders and migrating to the OnSSI VMS has made it possible to coordinate our security and operations activity across the board so we can provide the best possible game day experience for our fans, our players and our staff.“ Jim Mercurio, vice president of stadium operations and security for the San Francisco 49ers.


When their DVRs started to drop the ball, the stadium operations team at Candlestick Park opted for a new game plan. With a network video solution in place, they felt they’d be more proactive tackling problems that often occur during the excitement of game day. They also expected that quicker access to specific archived video would give them the forensic evidence to forestall liability claims and expedite criminal investigations. These goals caused them to begin investigating ways to leverage their legacy analog surveillance equipment while igrating stadium surveillance into the digital age.


IPVision, an integrator of intelligent physical security solutions and Axis partner, mapped out a strategy for migrating to a more feature-rich, IP-based surveillance solution. To preserve the stadium’s investment in analog cameras and ease the transition to IP video, IPVision network-enabled the analog cameras via Axis video encoders. They sacked the unreliable DVRs and replaced them with robust Hitachi servers, and installed an intuitive OnSSI Ocularis Video Management Software (VMS) system to give security greater control over live video and instant replay.


On game days, the 49ers’ security staff and San Francisco Police Department survey stadium activity from a video wall in the Security Operations Center– keeping an eye on everything from parking lots and gate entrances to the bleachers and concession stands. With the map-driven interface, they’ve been able to locate and resolve problems quickly – apprehending seat jumpers, defusing fan confrontations, responding to medical mergencies and redirecting guest services staff to ensure a positive game day experience for all. On non-game days and in the offseason, City of San Francisco park rangers command a second Security Operations Center to monitor and protect property and visitors to the stadium grounds during special events.

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