Tech partners team for IP video surveillance for Little League World Series

Michelle Clancy | 18-08-2013

Allied Telesis has teamed again this year with Axis Communications, Firetide Inc and Lenel Systems International to contribute an end-to-end IP video surveillance solution that will play a critical role in keeping the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series players and more than 400,000 expected spectators safe during the ten-day event, ending 25 August.

This year, Allied Telesis is contributing the backbone of the wired network with nine of its GS950 Gigabit WebSmart Switches driving complementary solutions that include Lenel's access control and a mix of more than 30 Axis Communications IP-based digital surveillance cameras. Firetide is supplying 13 outdoor HotPort 7020 mesh nodes to connect a network of multiple IP cameras that cover the vast majority of the 79-acre baseball complex and surrounding areas, delivering high-definition video surveillance.
"The annual Little League Baseball World Series draws teams and families from around the globe, as well as high profile spectators, like heads of state and international dignitaries," said Jim Ferguson, director of security for Little League Baseball and Softball. "Our top priority is keeping everyone safe and that requires a massive coordinated effort involving local, state and federal law enforcement."
He added: "The technology solution provided by Allied Telesis, Axis, Firetide and Lenel is a critical part of that coordinated effort and enables us to provide our joint security forces with the high-performance IP video surveillance solution they need to ensure a safe, fun experience for all the players and fans."
For more than six decades, hundreds of thousands of players and spectators have descended each summer on the small borough of South Williamsport, Penn., which has a population of less than 6,500, to watch 16 of the world's best Little League baseball teams compete head-to-head to determine a world champion. Providing a safe and fun environment during this annual tournament is often challenging for such a small town, Little League Baseball World Series cooperates with the technology partners, the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police, Local South Williamsport Police and security forces.
Out-of-the-box features for loop prevention and options for copper or fibre connectivity allow fast and effortless connection and integration with the Firetide wireless network, which extends IP surveillance coverage to the entire Little League Baseball World Series venue including ball fields, retail outlets, walkways and parking areas.
The video surveillance network and cameras will be in open public view, providing a subtle yet authoritative presence that is critical for preventing crimes and maintaining crowd control. The video security network was designed and installed by Lenel Systems International, a Rochester, NY-based provider of advanced turnkey security systems that has contributed their products and services to the Little League Baseball World Series event for the past 15 years.