Before the 2019-20 season, Ipswich Town Football Club was faced with an ultimatum: improve their Portman Road home’s CCTV for match day safety, or the ground might not pass muster to play in League One, England’s third tier.

The Chelmsford-based security and surveillance installation company ClearView has maintained the club’s CCTV for the past decade. Club and company agreed that the CCTV system had become outdated and was in need of an overhaul. The ability to increase recording capacity, as well as allowing for recording of higher quality and higher resolutions images, was required. ClearView gave Ipswich upgrade options, but a lack of funds meant these had to be put on hold. That pre-season ultimatum meant that an updated CCTV system was a priority, but the stadium would present the installer with difficulties.

Paul Main, Strategy Director at ClearView, said: “Portman Road has four large stands, with the existing CCTV system utilising analogue coaxial cables that ran over the roofs of those stands. The system we wanted to deliver Ipswich Town was based around the 8MP IP PTZ cameras from Hikvision. This was because the club needed the ability to deliver high resolution, evidence-quality images for crowd monitoring and safety purposes. With that in mind, we had to devise a solution to ensure those IP images could be transmitted over long-distance coax cable.”

To read more on ClearView’s solution for Ipswich Town Football Club, please see the full article on Professional Security Magazine Online.

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