CCTV boosts Bolton Wanderers’ stadium security

CCTV security camera on a pole

Bolton Wanderers Football Club (FC) has installed a new internet protocol (IP) based CCTV system to help keep its entire Reebok Stadium secure.

Security vendor, Network Defence installed 40 IP CCTV cameras into the Barclays Premier League club's current infrastructure, enabling security as well as health and safety officials to gain visibility in parts of the ground that had previously been unreachable.

The roll out has enhanced levels of security and safety for fans and employees during match days. In addition, the network can now also monitor the stadium throughout the business week, when it remains active due to the location of the De Vere Whites Hotel at the Reebok Stadium.

Dave Atkinson, Bolton Wanderers FC's IT manager, said: "The new cameras not only capture any anti-social or dangerous behaviour but also act as a deterrent to those intending to behave in such a manner this helps to increase levels of security in and around the stadium."

He said that, prior to the new roll out the same vendor had also installed a Cisco IP infrastructure that now powers the club's business communications and the club was keen to build on this capability.

"With crowded areas being potentially a prime target for security threats it was imperative to put in place a more comprehensive solution that would give us a wider range of visibility across the club grounds," Atkinson added.

"Since their installation the cameras have already proven their worth by capturing incidents, which have been invaluable in helping us resolve security issues."

Bolton Wanderers plans to roll out a total of 100 cameras. As well as hosting IP CCTV, the club's Cisco IP infrastructure also carries an IP telephony service. It also now plans to focus on energy conservation by integrating building management services into the network.

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