At the Salt Lake City WInter Olympics, the Salt Palace Convention Centre, the main media centre for the winter games, had networked-based Axis cameras and video servers alongside its existing analogue CCTV system.
At the Salt Lake City WInter Olympics, the Salt Palace Convention Centre, the main media centre for the winter games, had networked-based Axis cameras and video servers alongside its existing analogue CCTV system. The system monitored the safety of more than 10,000 international journalists covering the 2002 games. The digital video servers converted incoming analogue video feeds from existing cameras to digital formats, so that Palace?s security staff could view all images on or off-site, as well as to create and store copies of the recorded images in case on-site copies were destroyed. The Palace also extended the capabilities of its security system through software that can illuminate pictures taken in the dark. For example, the software uses infra-red light to illuminate the image of a car driving through the parking lot at night so that the number plate is visible. Network cameras and video servers allowed facilities such as convention centres to make better use of security and surveillance equipment by optimising existing infrastructure, Axis point out. Unlike cameras used in CCTV systems that require special cabling infrastructures, network cameras plug into existing data networks and make images accessible to appropriate persons, even at remote sites. Video servers digitise images from analogue cameras, allowing users to more cost-effectively and efficiently record, transfer and manage images, the manufacturer says.