Norwich City Football Club - CCTV



Challenge
Norwich City Football Club (NCFC) must comply with strict Football Association (FA) guidelines and standards. Failure to comply results in postponed matches, additional police reinforcements and loss of earnings. Video surveillance systems have to be scalable and fit for purpose, utilising the latest cameras and servers. With over 27,000 regular supporters, it is paramount to safeguard visitors at Carrow Road with an integrated system that is fully scalable with large video storage capabilities.



Market: Stadiums
Location: East Anglia
Partner: Flir & 360 Vision

Challenge
Norwich City Football Club (NCFC) must comply with strict Football Association (FA) guidelines and standards. Failure to comply results in postponed matches, additional police reinforcements and loss of earnings. Video surveillance systems have to be scalable and fit for purpose, utilising the latest cameras and servers. With over 27,000 regular supporters, it is paramount to safeguard visitors at Carrow Road with an integrated system that is fully scalable with large video storage capabilities.

Solution
Flir systems address all needs as far as video surveillance on site being truly scalable. The systems integrate all existing cam- eras and provide a great platform for growth, with the capability of up to 5,000 cameras should they need. A Flir system can be integrated with Fire & Intruder, Access Control, IP Intercom and a vast array of cameras to enable the control centre to be the hub of all communication. Ease of download for evidence gathering during matches or events held at the stadium is simplified.

Benefits
The Flir fully scalable video management system, manages the security needs for the club’s present and future needs. The introduction of better quality images and a large array of camera supported, allows for full 4K picture quality and the ability to implement sophisticated analytics as and when required, including face recognition.



Featured Products
  • Flir Quasar Mini Dome
  • 360 Predator TC HD
  • Flir Latitude Video Management System
NCFC - the early years...
Norwich City F.C. was formed following a meeting at the Criterion Cafe in Norwich on 17 June 1902 and played its first competitive match against Harwich & Parkeston, at Newmarket Road on 6 September 1902. Following a FA Commission, the club was ousted from the amateur game in 1905, deemed a professional organisation. Later that year Norwich was elected to play in the Southern League and with in- creasing crowds, it was forced to leave Newmarket Road in 1908, moving to The Nest, a disused chalk pit. The club’s original nickname was the Citizens, although this was superseded by 1907 by the more familiar Canaries after the club’s chairman (who was a keen breeder of canaries) dubbed his boys ‘The Canaries’ and changed their strip to yellow and green. During the First World War, with football suspended and facing spiralling debts, City went into voluntary liquidation on 10 December 1917.

The club was officially reformed on 15 February 1919 – a key figure in the events was Charles Frederick Watling, future Lord Mayor of Norwich and the father of future club chairman, Geoffrey Watling. When, in May 1920, the Football League formed a third Division, Norwich joined the Third Division for the following season. Their first league fixture, against Plymouth Argyle, on 28 August 1920, ended in a 1–1 draw. The club went on to endure a mediocre decade, finishing no higher than eighth but no lower than 18th.

"...we had confidence in Check Your Security's abilities and were amazed at what could be accomplished with modern Digital IP CCTV"
Andy Batley, Security Manager, NCFC

At Norwich City Football Club Check Your Security has been able to integrate and upgrade their existing analogue CCTV to a 21st century fully digital solution.

With the introduction of Flir Quasar Mini Domes and 360 Vision Predator CCTV cameras at Carrow Road, the security team will be able to provide a proactive and reactive response towards security incidents and fan safety in the event of an emergency.

Direct use of cameras that adjust to pre-set locations at the flick of a switch allows for real time coverage of vast areas of ground with ease and flexibility.

NCFC was offered a range of systems, Check Your Security believes in providing excellent customer service and choice, providing options to best fit a clients needs.

After careful consideration, NCFC chose a system from Flir. Using a system from a single manufacture with extremely feature-rich settings and at a cost effective price made it very appealing and a straightforward decision.

Now with the ability to add 1,000’s of cameras should the football club wish, plus integrate a range of other security and analytical systems under an easy to use front end, Norwich City Football Club can continue to grow with confidence.

"We have been using CYS for a number of years as our CCTV specialists, and they have never failed us - they know how critical CCTV is to our operation. Since they specialise in IPCCTV, we asked their advice on what options were open to us and were staggered by their choice and scope. Having completed a major IPCCTV upgrade at Great Ormond Street Hospital and as they look after a number of large sites, like the University of East Anglia, Bacton Gas Terminal and University Campus Suffolk in Suffolk - we had confidence in their abilities and were amazed at what could be accomplished with modern Digital IPCCTV system today - and it was a real bonus for us with them being Norfolk based and local."
Andy Batley, Security Manager, NCFC