Each summer, teams from around the world gather in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for one of baseball’s great classics – the annual Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS).
For the 20th consecutive year, Lenel, a competitor in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, will provide systems and services to help keep the iconic youth baseball event safe and secure for players, coaches, officials and fans.
(See highlights from the 2017 LLBWS. Over the course of 10 days, hundreds of thousands of people visit the 72-acre Little League International complex. In 2017, Milestone joined the roster with Axis Communications, Extreme Networks and Lenel. Lenel is celebrating 20 years in 2018, providing world-class technology and security for this special sporting event. Courtesy of Milestone Systems and YouTube. Posted on May 23, 2018.)
Teams from eight international and eight U.S. regions will play in the 10-day tournament, which begins today and ends with the championship game on Aug. 26.
Samantha Mahaffey, security manager for Little League® International, recognized Lenel’s continued dedication to the annual event for players ages 10 to 12.
“We’ve long been able to count on Lenel to provide its world-class security technology to help us make sure these games are safe and secure for all our players, families, and fans,” she said.
“It’s been great to work with Lenel over the years and embrace the changes and growth of the Little League Baseball World Series.”
Jeff Stanek, general manager, Lenel, said helping to protect the Little League Baseball World Series is an honor for the company and its employees.
“Little League and youth baseball are wonderful traditions bringing together young players and fans of all ages from countries around the globe,” he said.
“We’re proud to be a part of this annual rite-of-summer event for 20 years, providing our technology and expertise to help make it the fun and safe event it should be.”
The heart of the security system is Lenel’s OnGuard access control platform.
Each Little League player is enrolled in the system and receives a photo identification badge that’s worn to provide access to playing fields and to dining and dormitory facilities.
Cards are also issued for all coaches, officials, staff and vendors.
Each card limits access to only specific pre-determined areas throughout the complex.
The OnGuard system is integrated with the complex’s video surveillance system and is used to verify people entering restricted areas.
When someone presents a badge at one of the access card readers, live video and the cardholder’s photo are displayed on a nearby monitor, allowing a guard to authenticate the identification.
The OnGuard integrated security system has powerful analytic capabilities that can also help locate lost children, identify sick or injured people needing assistance and lost or suspicious articles that might pose a threat.
The analytics can also help identify vehicles in restricted areas or other out-of-the-ordinary activities.
Interlogix, Lenel’s sister company, is providing its UltraSync system to provide intrusion monitoring of the complex’s onsite police station.
Additionally, Lenel is partnering with four leading manufacturers specializing in secure technologies to further support safety and security at the 72nd Annual Little League Baseball® World Series for the players, coaches and fans.
For the first time BriefCam and Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company are joining Lenel along with Axis Communications, and Milestone Systems to provide video surveillance systems, and network connectivity for the 10-day tournament.
Together, the five technology providers have come together to develop a comprehensive security strategy for the 16 Little League Baseball teams and worldwide fans.
The Little League® International officials strive to promote a fun, exciting experience for players and fans, while ensuring the highest level of security during the games.
“Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come out to Williamsport to enjoy their time at the Little League Baseball World Series,” said Jim Ferguson, Little League Assistant Director of Risk Management and Safety.
“Along with the safety of all of 16 participating teams, our top priority during the Little League Baseball World Series is to provide a safe and secure facility for visitors from all over the world to enjoy.”
“Thanks to these providers, we can continue to offer all of our fans, players, and volunteers a fun and safe location to create lifelong memories and exciting experiences during their visit.”
BriefCam, one of the newest contributors, is providing the company’s latest video content analytics platform to this year’s Little League Baseball World Series state-of-the-art security solution.
BriefCam’s groundbreaking video content analytics platform detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people, objects, their attributes and behavior from raw video feeds.
(Learn More. Rapid Review & Search – No more countless hours behind a screen watching endless footage. Review hours of video in minutes and pinpoint people and objects of interest immediately. Courtesy of BriefCam and YouTube. Posted on Jan 31, 2018.)
By presenting objects that have appeared at different times within the video simultaneously, BriefCam enables security operators to review hours of video in minutes.
This means if children and parents are accidentally separated during the event, the security team will be well equipped to potentially locate and reunite related parties more quickly.
Additionally, BriefCam’s solution can be used to optimize operations such as attendee and vehicle traffic flows to ensure a safe and positive guest experience.
The company’s video content analytics platform aligns with Axis IP-based digital video surveillance cameras and Milestone’s XProtect video management software for a comprehensive video surveillance, management and analytics solution.
“As this global event draws families from far and wide, it is important to further enable comprehensive safety, security and operational efficiencies,” said Stephanie Weagle, CMO, BriefCam.
“Our technology will be on-hand to support the Little League in their endeavor to extract actionable intelligence from their video surveillance in the event that parents or family members need assistance in finding each other or streamlining operations to ensure that all involved have a great experience.”
Ruckus Networks, the second newest technology contributor, is providing a wireless mesh backhaul to deliver connectivity to both the scoreboards and surveillance cameras.
Ruckus is deploying its T300 access points (APs), along with its SmartZone™ 100 management controller, to ensure seamless connectivity for the outdoor environment.
The T300s—the Ruckus flagship outdoor APs—ensure top-notch performance for high-definition video over Wi-Fi, enabling every video stream to be captured.
For the LLBWS, this capability allows all the video cameras in the stadium to be constantly streaming, ensuring maximum safety and security at all times.
“In a digitally connected world, safety and security are critical elements that need to be part of every network,” said Bart Giordano, Vice President, Worldwide Business Development and Cloud, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company.
“We are teaming with other companies to bring the most innovative security capabilities to the games so that every family can feel safer onsite.”
“Our robust wireless technologies ensure every video stream is captured from all cameras, at all times, helping make this annual event fun and secure.”
Axis Communications, a market leader in network video, recognized with Award Wins in both the 2016 and 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, has been a technology provider with Little League for nine years and is providing AXIS Q6128-E PTZ Network Camera, a compact, outdoor-ready PTZ dome, offering 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, 12x optical zoom and autofocus.
The 4K resolution provides four times as much detail as the standard HDTV 1080p resolution, improving the video quality significantly.
Both of these cameras will be integrated into the scoreboard in Lamade Stadium.
“Each year we look forward to evolving the security system by leveraging the newest technology in the industry,” said Robert Muehlbauer, Senior Manager, Business Development Partner Ecosystem, Axis Communications, Inc.
“The total solution provides a comprehensive system to help keep players and fans safe so they can enjoy America’s favorite pastime, baseball.”
“We are proud to collaborate with all of the companies involved and to continue our work with Little League Baseball.”
Technology provider Milestone, also a past ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner, is providing XProtect® Corporate video management software, which is installed along with a Milestone Husky™ M500A NVR as one of the recording servers.
The XProtect® Smart Client interface includes advancements in system performance by leveraging the processing power of NVIDIA GPU cards for measurable hardware acceleration, enabling more concurrent High Definition or Ultra HD video streams on high-resolution monitors.
The LLBWS is also using the XProtect® Smart Wall for viewing and sending pertinent video to monitors around the facilities, including a mobile command center.
(Learn More about the XProtect® Smart Wall. It can benefit your organization by increasing operators’ situation awareness, by providing tools that improve decision making and by creating a more cost-efficient security installation. Courtesy of Milestone Systems and YouTube. Posted on Jan 13, 2017.)
BriefCam is embedded in the XProtect Smart Client with a dedicated screen tab for easy access to search hours of video in just minutes.
“It’s truly inspiring to see the open platform community of partners coming together for this great international family event, ensuring safety through ongoing technology innovations,” said Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliances Manager, Americas, Milestone Systems.
“Every year brings new winners – on the field, in the stands and behind the scenes.”
Lenel OnGuard Competes in 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
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The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, Border Security, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.
As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, OnGuard 7.4 will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative Enterprise Access Control Solutions.
To Learn More about the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, see 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East.
Over 100 distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government, gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included representatives from:
- The Department of Homeland Security(DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Leaders in Private Security