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Safety first

RheinEnergieStadion Köln has invested in advanced video surveillance technology to ensure the safety of fans and players

 

It is not unusual for 40,000 fans to fill the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne to support their teams at international football fixtures, and regular Bundesliga matches can attract more than 50,000. Kölner Sportstätten, the operator of the RheinEnergieStadion, considers the safety of the supporters and players to be its highest priority and so decided to undergo a comprehensive modernisation of the video surveillance at the stadium. The operator called upon CCTV/IP specialist Dallmeier for the equipment, installation and service.

The finer details
In order to obtain a more comprehensive overview of the stadium and still be able to identify individuals in the crowd, the stadium operators decided to install the Panomera multifocal sensor system. Unlike conventional HD and megapixel cameras, which only have one lens, Panomera functions with multiple lenses, each of which has a different focal length.

With this new, patented sensor concept, the camera can be adapted to the area that is to be monitored, so details are still clearly visible and people can be recognised even at great distances. “The Panomera enables a totally new approach to security surveillance,” says Roland Meier, Panomera Multifocal Sensor Systems Team Leader with Dallmeier. “It is now possible to monitor large expanses of spectator stands from a single location.”

Furthermore, the camera continues to capture the overall image in exceptionally high resolution – so any incident can be thoroughly investigated and documented.

Speed and accuracy
There are now four Panomera systems in operation at RheinEnergieStadion Köln. Footage is recorded at a rate of 12.5 images per second, so even actions that take place within a few fractions of a second can still be detected clearly. “Operators can step backwards one image at a time through the sequence and determine very precisely who lit a Bengal fire, for example,” explains Meier.

“We are now able to easily pinpoint troublemakers and call them to account”, addss Hans Rütten, managing director of Kölner Sportstätten. “Ultimately, our goal is to maintain an orderly, friendly atmosphere for all fans.”

The performance of the new video security system is also highly impressive in terms of the figures, with 2.8 billion pixels transmitted and recorded per second.

All images courtesy of Kölner Sportstätten

 

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