The video system at the 25,000-capacity Eintracht Stadium in Braunschweig has been completely modernised using equipment exclusively from Dallmeier. The heart of the installation, the unique Panomera® multifocal sensor technology, provides security for both the home and visiting fan areas.
Eintracht Stadium’s entire video system needed to be updated as part of a general modernisation programme to create a state-of-the-art venue. For almost two-and-a-half years, the Stadium’s operating company, Stadthalle Braunschweig, conducted a thorough investigation of the subject and tested the systems offered by several different manufacturers. In the end, the Panomera® multifocal sensor technology from Dallmeier emerged as the leader. And now, the video experts from Regensburg are supplying the entire video system – from cameras to recording to management.
Challenge for the cameras
In order to ensure security for the visiting and home fan areas, Panomera® multifocal sensor technology is used. This unique camera technology, patented by Dallmeier, is unlike single sensor cameras in that it uses several lenses, each with a different focal length, as Roland Meier, Head of Panomera® Multifocal Sensor Systems at Dallmeier and also in charge of the project in Braunschweig, explained:
This makes it possible to monitor large expanses and distances from just a single location – in real time and uniform picture resolution, excellent dynamic response and consistent depth of focus.
For as security management soon realised, Eintracht Stadium posed a real challenge for cameras. Not only because the running track significantly increases distances to the spectators, but also because the light conditions made it practically impossible for conventional cameras to operate effectively.
Marcus Meyer, Technical Director of Stadthalle Braunschweig Betriebsgesellschaft mbH, commented:
There is a space between the stand and the roof, which allows light into the stadium but creates a very difficult situation for many cameras, as we discovered in the course of our test.
However, with the Panomera® system each sensor defines its own contrast, white balance and exposure. This in turn enables significantly more effective dynamic range and unrivalled picture quality over the entire scene – even with widely varying light conditions within the same image.
Besides Panomera®, other high-resolution PTZ cameras by Dallmeier have also been installed, particularly to safeguard the areas around the outside of the stadium.
Video data is recorded on Dallmeier VideoIP appliances. These recording systems are well known for their unsurpassed quality and reliability. RAID 6 and redundant power supplies guarantee the highest possible level of recording availability. Image material from the system has received an LGC Forensics certification, which means that it can be used as evidence in court.
For managing the system, operators can make use of multiple Panomera® Viewing Clients and the SeMSy® management software with joystick. SeMSy® is a high-performance, future-oriented video management system designed with maximum operator convenience in mind. It offers an extensive suite of functions covering live image display, a wide variety of search functions in the recorded material, control of the PTZ cameras and even simple archiving of sequences of interest.
Armin Gallus, a member of the crisis management team with the Braunschweig police, is enthusiastic about the system, as he advised:
One of the most important features for us is that the entire scene is recorded without interruption. This means that if something does happen, we can look for it in the recordings at any time. And the resolution of the cameras is really impressive, not only live but also in the recordings. That is critical for us, because it means we have evidence which we can use to identify and detain offenders.
Dallmeier has at its disposal more than 30 years of experience in transmission, recording, as well as picture processing technology and is an outstanding pioneer of CCTV/IP solutions worldwide. This profound knowledge is used in the development of intelligent software and high quality recorder and camera technologies, enabling Dallmeier to not only offer stand-alone systems, but complete network solutions up to large-scale projects with perfectly integrated components.
Right from the beginning, the company has always focused on their own innovative developments and highest quality and reliability. Dallmeier is the only manufacturer in Germany that develops and manufactures all of its own components; this includes the entire product range, from cameras to picture storage and transmission to intelligent video analysis, and even individually adjusted management systems.
Over the years, Dallmeier has repeatedly given fresh impetus to the market with new developments and extraordinary innovations. The world’s first DVR for example, which introduced digital recording to the entire CCTV industry, came from Dallmeier. The multifocal sensor system Panomera® will have a similarly groundbreaking effect: This unique and novel camera technology will revolutionise the market and open up completely new possibilities to the video security industry. This and the extensive experience in the CCTV and IP field have led to a top position in the international market for digital video surveillance systems.
Dallmeier will once again be an official sponsor and exhibitor at this year’s must-attend event, the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference & exhibition, where it will showcase its latest technologies.
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