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The show must go on – redefining security at Belfast’s premier entertainment venue The Odyssey Complex
New IP camera technology ensures a safe and secure environment in low-light conditions during events
“Our analogue system was no longer as innovative as it once was; upgrading to HD IP camera technology made complete sense to us as we strive to maintain our status as the leading event facility in Northern Ireland.” Brian Hughes, Group Head of Facilities at The Odyssey Complex.
The Odyssey Complex, a premier entertainment venue in Belfast that plays host to many of the city’s concerts, exhibitions and sporting events, had been operating a legacy CCTV system installed at the venue’s inception in 2000. The quality of images produced often created problems for security teams when investigating crimes or seeking to identify individuals. In line with The Odyssey Complex’s commitment to providing leading entertainment within a safe and secure environment, its management team decided that a futureproof solution would be pivotal to the venue’s ongoing success. Simultaneously, the organisation sought to lower its total cost of ownership (TCO) by decreasing the storage challenges presented by its incumbent solution.
Diamond Systems, an Axis partner and market leader in electronic fire and security solutions, closely reviewed the challenging requirements and proposed 140 new Axis IP cameras. This included AXIS P3367-V Network Camera, a day and night fixed dome camera with 5 megapixels for improved image quality; this would allow the Complex to identify incidents in real-time. All cameras utilise Axis innovative Lightfinder technology with extreme light sensitivity to give more life-like colours in low-light conditions, vital within the arena and during evening events. Axis Zipstream technology also helps reduce the complex’s TCO by decreasing storage and bandwidth requirements. In addition, AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller and AXIS A8004 Network Video Door Station have been installed to restrict public access to certain areas of the complex.
The Odyssey Complex team has been extremely impressed with the quality and robustness of the solution. The cameras’ superior image quality means the complex can now rapidly investigate suspicious activity. Since the system went live, it has already assisted with the prosecution of those committing offences, including an incident where vandals sought to compromise a bike rack in the vicinity of the site. The installation met all of The Odyssey Complex’s operational requirements, with significant cost savings achieved through Axis Zipstream and Lightfinder technology, optimising storage capacity and improving low-light scenario image capture.