Axis network cameras ensure athlete and spectator safety

The South Williamsport stadium - one of the safest sports venues in the world

“Axis cameras are an integral part of our total security program. Without them, assuring the security and safety of our players and fans would be much more difficult.“ Jim Ferguson, director of security for Little League Baseball and Softball International.


Every August, the Little League International World Series brings more than 300,000 visitors to the small town of South Williamsport, PA. With a population of 6,000, providing ample security for athletes, visiting dignitaries and spectators could easily overwhelm the community’s resources. Even though the LLWS hi-res auxiliary security personnel for the event and receives additional support from the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons and a host of other volunteers, Little League Baseball believes that video surveillance is an essential element of its total security program.


For 12 years, Lenel Systems International, a Rochester, NY-based provider of turnkey security systems and Axis partner, has donated products and services for the event’s access control and digital video security systems. In 2010, the solution included more than two dozen Axis network cameras deployed around the stadiums and dormitory complex. Lenel’s intuitive video management system allows security personnel to control the cameras remotely, spot suspicious packages and vehicles, help locate missing people, and verify badge holder IDs when they swipe their access control cards.


In keeping with the care-free, family atmosphere of the Little League World Series, the subtle presence of video cameras has been instrumental in maintaining crowd control, finding lost children in a sea of spectators, preventing unauthorized entry into the dorms, and counting crowd size. With the advanced technology in place, the South Williamsport stadium transforms from a rural ball field into one of the safest sports venues in the world.

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