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Odyssey goes IP

The Odyssey Complex, the Belfast concert, exhibition and sports venue, has had an IP security system installed. The 23-acre site comprises the SSE Arena; a Pavilion including restaurants, shops and a cinema; the W5 Science and Discovery Centre; plus 1500 car parking spaces.

The new system of more than 140 IP cameras from Axis Communications, replaces analogue CCTV nearing the end of its technical life cycle. IP produces better quality images and makes it easier for onsite security to investigate crimes and identify people of interest, the firm says.

The installer was Diamond Systems, an Axis Partner and NSI Gold electronic fire and security company. The inclusion of HD IP cameras, which feature Axis’ Lightfinder technology for light sensitivity, provide operators with life-like colours in low-light, vital within the arena at sporting events and concerts, the firms add.

Brian Hughes, Group Head of Facilities at The Odyssey Complex, says: “The safety of our patrons is of paramount importance to The Complex, which is why we have taken this step to invest in a future proof system. 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. Through the use of intelligent applications such as Lightfinder we can be confident that we have the technology to support our unique security needs. Working closely with Axis and Diamond Systems, we were also keen to ensure the system had capacity to include analytics in the future. This could include customer footfall and queue management, bringing benefits in terms of operational effectiveness, guest satisfaction and, of course, visitor safety.”

Steve Snoddon, Managing Director at Belfast-based Diamond Systems, adds: “We installed the original CCTV system 17 years ago when the complex was first developed. While providing value at the time, technology has progressed at such a rapid pace since that it was time for us to re-evaluate the technology available to support its requirements.”

And Peter Dempsey, Key Account Manager at Axis Communications, adds: “We wanted something that would not only incorporate today’s leading technology and maintain a high level of cybersecurity, but also prepare the complex for its security needs in the future. As the leading entertainment venue of its kind in Northern Ireland, the Odyssey’s security requirements are continuously evolving. Our commitment to really understand the business, and partnering with organisations such as Diamond Systems, ensured we could deliver a solution that was tailored to its needs.”

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