More eyes, greater intelligence: Twickenham Stadium controls its perimeter beyond match day

Axis’ innovative Zipstream technology helps reduce bandwidth and storage requirements despite increasing camera locations

“Wireless cameras on the front of the buildings have proven to be a huge asset. Following the initial installation, we noticed an individual attaching a scanner to the cash machine. We’d never had this additional vision before and therefore would not have identified this fraudulent activity prior to the installation.” Phil Parker, Venue Operations Manager at Twickenham Stadium.


Twickenham Stadium, the home of England Rugby and the second largest stadium in the UK, is now utilizing Axis technology to future-proof its security processes and integrate analytics into its day-to-day surveillance activities. The stadium was set to host many high-profile matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and the operations team wanted to future-proof its security practices and modernise its technology to ensure match goers and venue workers were safe during the event. Axis’ partner Vindex Systems, a market leading systems integrator, recommended Axis’ innovative technology.


To secure the stadium’s vast perimeter 24/7, Twickenham Stadium chose 20 AXIS P1425-LE Network Cameras with infrared capabilities. Utilising Digital Barrier analytics, the cameras have been strategically placed around the stadium’s perimeter, automatically alerting the operations team if an intruder attempts to climb the fence. In addition, 18 AXIS M3007-PV Network Cameras have been integrated inside the stadium to monitor daily activities, such as conferences and maintenance work. A further 33 AXIS Q6045-E Network Cameras have been deployed to monitor activity in the concourse, lift lobbies and key public areas. All of the legacy analogue cameras communicate via six AXIS Q7436 Video Encoder Blades and a Genetec VMS, improving the image quality of the analogue cameras already in use. Axis’ innovative Zipstream technology, which lowers bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50 per cent or more, is helping the operations team cope with the increased data demands.


Twickenham Stadium hosts between 25 and 30 rugby matches in a calendar year, however, it is when games are not being played that improvement in security and health and safety has been most readily felt. During the Rugby World Cup, several potentially serious security incidents were uncovered through the utilisation of Axis technology. Beyond the World Cup, continued surveillance means health & safety issues are flagged almost daily. With many contractors working onsite all year around, as well as public stadium tours and regular conferences, constant surveillance is paramount.

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AXIS P1425-LE Network Camera
AXIS Q6045 PTZ Dome Network Camera
AXIS Q7436 Video Encoder Blade
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