The Odyssey Complex, an entertainment venue in Belfast that plays host to many of the city’s concerts, exhibitions and sporting events, has installed a future-proofed security solution that ensures its 1,000,000 visitors each year can enjoy the facilities in a safe and secure environment.
The 23-acre site comprises the SSE Arena, a pavilion including restaurants, shops and a cinema; the W5 Science and Discovery Centre; the facility also includes a 1,500 space car park.
The system, consisting of more than 140 cameras from Axis Communications, replaces an analogue solution which was nearing the end of its lifecycle. It produces better quality images and makes it easier for the onsite security teams to investigate crimes and identify individuals of interest.
The system was installed by Diamond Systems, an Axis partner. The inclusion of HD cameras, which feature Axis’ Lightfinder technology with extreme light sensitivity, provides security teams with more life-like colours in low-light conditions, vital within the arena during sporting events and concerts.
Brian Hughes, Group Head of Facilities at The Odyssey Complex, stated, ‘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-proofed system. Upgrading to HD 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 visitor safety.’
Steve Snoddon, Managing Director at Diamond Systems, added, ’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.’