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Cameras Help MetLife Stadium Keep an Eye on Safety

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Located in the Meadowlands and part of the MetLife Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium is home to the New York Football Giants and the New York Jets. The $1.6 billion stadium was financed and built by a joint venture between the two teams, who operate it through the New Meadowlands Stadium Company. The stadium opened in April 2010 and boasts a seating capacity of 82,500, making it one of the NFL®’s largest stadiums. On February 2, 2014, MetLife Stadium played host to Super Bowl® XLVIII.

MetLife Stadium wanted to replace 26 IP cameras located at the perimeter gates of the stadium and also to deploy 180° panoramic view cameras in place of the 27 pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras that covered the exterior perimeter. Given the large crowds they attract, each football game, concert, or other event has its share of unique challenges, including monitoring fan conduct, crowd management situations, and dealing with medical emergencies. MetLife Stadium’s main goal in upgrading its surveillance system was to ensure a safe, secure environment that would contribute to a memorable guest experience. Incident prevention and monitoring were additional key goals of the project. MetLife Stadium staff members are challenged with trying to determine what happened after an incident occurred. There are often various versions and accounts from those involved and from independent witnesses. Clear recorded video is needed to reveal what actually happened. Prior to the new camera system being installed, MetLife Stadium used four PTZ cameras to monitor the seating bowl area and these cameras were only used reactively when an incident came to the attention of the stadium’s Command Center. With the new camera system, every seat in the seating bowl is monitored at all times. Being able to have their Command Center personnel go back in time and review everyone’s actions is an extremely valuable investigative tool for stadium security personnel and for public safety agencies. Among the stadium security management team’s other goals, are to identify and examine objects left behind, monitor security-screening procedures, investigate slip-and-fall incidents, observe staff performance, and provide surveillance for counterterrorism efforts.

Because MetLife Stadium was designed to be a network-controlled building, IP cameras were part of the original design. When it came time to install cameras to cover the seating bowl, IP was the only platform considered, according to Daniel DeLorenzi, Director of Security for MetLife Stadium.

“To run an analog system would have been cost-prohibitive due to cabling and the cables would be single-purpose. If upgrades were necessary, the project would have to be completed all over again,” DeLorenzi said.

The Right Level of Door Security Part 2: Wireless Access Control

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Article contributed by: Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management - EAC, ASSA ABLOY Americas

Last week, in Part 1 of this three-part series, we introduced the concept of using the security continuum to maximize security budgets by matching the locking technology to the specific requirements and risks for each opening.

Next, we'll move up the continuum and delve into wireless solutions. Here you begin to realize the advantages of secure wireless technologies that tie into the security management system.

Are all wireless systems the same?

There are a number of different wireless systems in the market today, and ASSA ABLOY has two distinct offerings in wireless security:

  1. IP-based WiFi lock technology
  2. ASSA ABLOY Aperio™ wireless lock technology

Each system offers different capabilities, so let’s take a look at each one. 

Protecting the Gulf

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Port Fourchon is located on the southern tip of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, on the Gulf of Mexico. This area furnishes 16 to 18 percent of the US oil supply and Port Fourchon services over 90% of the Gulf’s deep-water oil production.

There are over 600 oil platforms within a 40-mile radius of Port Fourchon. There is also significant petroleum industry traffic associated with the oil platform and drilling rigs and the Louisiana Offshore Port pipeline.

Port Fourchon plays a strategic role in supplying the United States with nearly 18 percent of its oil supply, servicing over 90% of the Gulf of Mexico’s deep-water exploration and production. Securing such an essential portion of the Gulf Coast requires a hands-on team of security professionals to watch for unauthorized activities and enhance the safety of workers and officers. When evaluating options for a surveillance system to feed its new maritime domain awareness platform GLPC-C4 (C4), Port Fourchon officials chose Milestone XProtect® Enterprise video management software (VMS).

Choosing the Right Level of Door Security: Part One

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Article contributed by: Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management - EAC, ASSA ABLOY Americas

There’s no escaping it. Budgets are flat year-to-year. Or worse, budgets are down year-to-year.

That leaves security managers facing two major challenges:

  1. Doing more with the same budget as last year or
  2. Doing the same with less.

Managers are asking themselves:

Keys to the Casino: Keeping Casino’s Above the Red

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By: Danny Garrido, President TRAKA, USA
Sponsor at The Great Conversation

What happens in Casinos affect their bottom line, period.  Running an effective casino operation takes more than just the ability to deal blackjack and collect money from customers.  Creating a safe, efficient, and organized gaming environment is critical to the long-term profitability of a stand-alone casino or one that operates within a chain structure.  We all know casinos are a very good business that faces constant risk, Vegas was certainly not built pro-bono. As such, casinos have to take some thorough measures to ensure their assets are protected and risk mitigated.

Owners and managers of casinos have a lot on their minds.  From finding quality trustworthy personnel to run their operations to the perpetual maintenance required that ensures the customer facing part of the facility is clean and well-maintained that keeps customers coming back for more. Just as important, if not more, is the non-customer facing part of the business.  This heartbeat that goes on behind closed doors would probably surprise most people, the inner working of a large casino are rivaled only by large theme parks and cruise ships in the buzzing behind the scenes that makes it all tick!  These security managers have a hundred things on their minds; the most obvious is of course their customers and making sure nobody is cheating the house. One area that most of us aren’t thinking about regularly is the staff at the casinos and the tough gaming regulations that need to be met in order to ensure compliance each and every day so that big brother can also ensure the house isn’t cheating the customers.  One of the items than can be simplified and standardized is managing keys safely, securely and in a manner that gives the casino and gaming commission 100% accountability with a complete audit trail on demand.  That’s one of the most important steps in asset protection throughout the casino(s).

It may not sound like much.  But knowing where keys to different rooms, drop boxes, buildings or vehicles are, who has them, or when they will be returned (or when they “were” returned) can turn losses into profits.  Just as important, is making sure nobody has some of those vitally sensitive keys when they don’t need them or shouldn’t have access to them.  Lost keys, stolen assets, vandalism, or misuse of casino property can all be prevented by installing a quality key and asset management solution.

An Exclusive Invitation from Francis D'Addario, SEC

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Once again, the Security Executive Council (SEC), is pleased to anchor The Great Conversation with our highly acclaimed Next Generation Security Leader (NGSL) leadership development program. Advance registration is available but space is filling up fast. Please mark your calendars for October 27th & 28th in Chantilly, Virginia. Be prepared to stay through the 29th for our Next Generation GSOC work group, by invitation only and hosted at MITRE.

Next Generation Leadership Principles and The Great Conversation

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Remember the book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People? The author, Stephen R. Covey, published the book in 1989 and it quickly became a best seller. CEO’s distributed them to their executive management teams. Bill Clinton asked for advice from Covey on how to integrate the principles of the book into his presidency.

1776: The Great Conversation Lives On

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The voices speak from our past and convict us where we stand. Tomorrow we celebrate these voices and toast to their courage, their wisdom, and their deeds. These were the men who saw the root cause that went beyond politics, taxes, and power. This was a concept yet to be developed; that all men and women were meant to be free to choose who would govern them and how. 

Value: The Intersection of Risk and Opportunity

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The Sage Group’s core mission is to identify, expose, leverage, and then monetize unrealized value.

Security Technology: Today and Tomorrow

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Leading up to The Great Conversation, The Sage Group interviewed a number of risk, resilience and security executives on video, that were willing to share their best practices, learnings and their perspectives on the future.

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