GLENDALE, Ariz.—When the stars of the NFL take to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona this weekend for the Super Bowl, Big Brother will be watching—using some Canadian-made technology.
The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., about a 20-minute drive from downtown Phoenix, has deployed some 200 of Avigilon Corp.’s high definition cameras ahead of the big game that will monitor the field and seating areas, as well as the massive stadium’s exterior plaza.
“Safety is a top priority at stadiums worldwide. Increased concerns about security threats are causing venues that host large, high-profile events to justifiably scrutinize their security practices,” Avigilon’s chief operating officer, Bryan Schmode, said in a statement.
“The University of Phoenix Stadium is leading the way with its commitment to keeping its guests and facility secure. We are extremely proud to provide our solution to one of the most celebrated and visible sports stadiums in North America.”
According to Vancouver-based Avigilon, the 1.7-million sq.ft. stadium is deploying the company’s end-to-end surveillance solution, including a host of two- and 16-megapixel HD cameras to monitor the field and seating areas, and five-megapixel high definition cameras to monitor the building’s exterior.
Avigilon’s Access Control Manager (ACM) is also being installed at building entry points, while the entire system will be managed by Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software, allowing staff to operate all cameras and search through footage from one place.
“We selected Avigilon for its quality products, the image clarity of its cameras, the solution’s ease of use, and because Avigilon delivers a complete end-to-end offering to meet our security needs,” said Peter Sullivan, general manager and regional vice-president for stadium operator Global Spectrum.
“As the host venue for the NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX, we look forward to the confidence and security Avigilon will provide our facility and the guests who will be attending these great events.”
Avigilon’s products, including its high definition cameras, are manufactured at the company’s plant in Lower Mainland British Columbia.