Case Studies

Water polo in HD

by Mark Rowe

Hikvision, the video surveillance product company, recently supported the FINA Women’s Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament by donating an end-to-end HD surveillance system to capture the action.

Hosted by GZC DONK, a merger between the Goudsche Swim Club, and Swimming and Polo Club DONK, in the city of Gouda, Netherlands, in all, a total of 42 games were held during the eight-day competition. The semi-final and final rounds were hosted March 27 and 28 respectively, with the four best teams (Gold, Silver, Bronze medalists and fourth place) securing their place in the 2016 Olympic Games.

To capture video footage for live streaming of the games, and detail for analysing game play for training purposes, a Hikvision IP solution were deployed. In all, four control points were installed, for system control and recording, with live action play-back displayed in the public canteen area.

Using a Hikvision DS-2DF8236IV-AEL(W) 2MP Ultra WDR Smart PTZ Camera with 36x Optical Zoom and 140db True WDR to provide clear live streaming images, and DS-2CD4A26FWD-IZ(H)(S) Full HD 1080p Low Light Smart Bullet Cameras with slow shutter and 3D dynamic noise reduction, as well as network recording and video management client software, the surveillance enabled trainers to review the water polo action, collect game data and feedback crucial performance information to the games’ participants.

Under the eye of the IP surveillance, 12 of the world’s best women’s teams from across five continents battled it out for a spot in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Hein Megens, GZC DONK, Club President said after the event: “The Hikvision surveillance system provided a great opportunity to relay the games to a significantly wider audience. Water polo is a popular game around the world and lots of people were interested to see the tournament’s action live.”

And Arno Tromp, Product Manager at Hikvision Europe, said: “The Hikvision cameras provided perfect action footage even under the difficult environment challenges posed by the swimming pool. With such a successful outcome, the tournament has generated interest from around the world where Hikvision cameras could be specified to capture sporting action at other events.”

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