Pituaçu Stadium becomes a model for the 2014 World Cup
A 100% digital video surveillance system allows the stadium to host more events and increase turnover
“So far, in all matches that have been contested at the stadium since the inauguration, there has not been a single fault in the installed equipment. Our internal security personnel as well as the Military Police are very satisfied.“ Hélio Ferraro, director of Pituaçu Stadium.
Inaugurated on March 10, 1979, the Roberto Santos Stadium, better known as the Pituaçu Stadium, located in Salvador (in the state of Bahia), Brazil, didn’t have a single video surveillance camera, inside or outside of the stadium. The lack of security resulted in a high number of conflicts between organized supporters, complaints of thefts inside the stadium and a relative delay for the Military Police to intervene on behalf of the victims.
The stadium has undergone renovations at the cost of R$ 55 million, the final stage of which comprised the installation of 115 Axis network cameras. All the cameras are IP, making Pituaçu the first 100% digital stadium in the country. The integrator Flashnet, Axis partner in the region, was responsible for the project. The 115 Axis network cameras include 10 AXIS Q6032 Network Dome Cameras, 78 AXIS P3343 and 27 AXIS P1343 Network Cameras.
The Pituaçu stadium, in the assessment of the Ministry of Sports Commission, has the most modern camera surveillance system of any stadium in Brazil today. With a more secure arena and the ability to identify any incident, the stadium can apply to host sporting events of great importance or events from other segments such as conferences and conventions, thereby increasing turnover. Currently, Pituaçu is one of the candidate stadiums in the state of Bahia to become an official training center during the FIFA 2014 World Cup.