The University of Southern Mississippi has installed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System at its M.M. Roberts Stadium, a 40,000 seat outdoor stadium located in the center of the campus.
“The Avigilon HD Surveillance System almost acts like additional staff, providing greater coverage with fewer personnel on the ground,” said University of Southern Mississippi Chief of Police Robert Hopkins. It is “a more effective and efficient way to monitor the stands,” he said. “Once you learn how to use the system—a much easier process than with our legacy analog-based system—all you have to do is click the mouse to zoom, focus, and review for excellent forensic results,” he added.
The stadium system includes HD 16 MP cameras at the 20 and 50-yard lines on each sideline, and HD Dome 5 MP cameras placed at both end zones. It is managed using Avigilon Control Center Enterprise Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with HD Stream Management (HDSM).
The system runs 24×7 and is monitored live during football games and is used in forensic mode when other events, such as intramural sports, commencement ceremonies and high school football games are being held. Avigilon Network Video Recorders store 90 days of continuous surveillance footage.
Since installing the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, the stadium has lowered human resources costs by reducing the number of staff during games from 70 to 45 and was able to prevent a costly and time-consuming evacuation due to a suspicious looking backpack that was left on the sidelines, according to Avigilon.