Axis network cameras enable the NEC to deliver security and traffic management in real-time

Innovative solution helps deliver the NEC’s aim to become ‘venue of choice’

“Our customers’ experience and safety is paramount. The fact that we are using a state–of-the-art, future proof security and traffic management solution enables us to be confident that they will keep on returning to our venue.“ Gary Masters, the NEC group security and traffic operations manager.


The NEC is located on a 610-acre site, eight miles from Birmingham city centre offering more than 186,000 square metres of covered exhibition space spanning 33 conference suites and 20 interconnecting halls, in addition to over 160 acres of hard standing ground and 75 acres of woodland. The venue welcomes approximately 2.1 million visitors each year to over 140 diverse trade and consumer events - including long-standing shows like BBC Gardeners’ World, BBC Good Food Show and Spring Fair alongside specialist exhibitions such as Clothes Show Live and Festival of Quilts - plus over 400 live events and conferences. The NEC has stated that it wants to be the ‘venue of choice’ for the UK’s leading events.


Axis partner Vindex Systems led a proof of concept trial which included camera shoot-outs using various manufacturers’ cameras side by side onsite at the venue to see in a live situation which would be best for the challenge. The result being that Vindex selected Axis HD IP PTZ and fixed cameras to be installed.


Thanks to Axis network cameras’ ease of set up, high-quality images and their ability to integrate with the Genetec Video Management Software platform, the NEC now has real-time high-quality information and the necessary communication tools to deliver ‘intelligence-lead safety, security and traffic management’.

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