Virsig to provide operational support and increased situational awareness at the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon

Milestone software will keep participants and spectators safe at the 2014 New York City Marathon.

Virsig Forges Global Team of Technology Partners for World Class Sporting Event

NEW YORK, NY (October 14, 2014) – On the first Sunday in November, over two million spectators will cheer on some 50,000 participants, competing through the streets of New York City, and who will help keep the crowds safe—Virsig, LLC., and a consummate team of leading security industry partners.

Virsig, a platinum performer in the national IP network and electronic security industry, has engineered and is deploying a networked electronic security push package that will increase overall situational awareness at the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon. Augmenting Virsig are several professional partners have contributed specialized technology products to provide operational support at the world’s largest marathon.

Sony is supplying the latest ultra wide dynamic range IP surveillance cameras. These IPELA Engine cameras will be tactically coordinated through Milestone Systems XProtect Corporate, a powerful IP video management software (VMS) designed for large-scale and high-security deployments. Network Video Technologies (NVT) is supplying the long distance IP Ethernet video transmission system, a key element of the overall communications architecture for the NYC Marathon security deployment. Linking all of these systems together will be Virsig’s anchor partner, Firetide®, Inc. – a Division of UNICOM® Global, who will be providing dual radio / tri-band spectrum Wireless Mesh Nodes, that can securely transmit concurrent video, voice, and data. “Together, our security industry partners are a symbiotic team. Each partner brings a specialized technology to the table that when interconnected, greatly contributes to the overall security strategy for the marathon,” said Virsig’s Executive Director, Glenn Taylor.

“Firetide and UNICOM Global are very excited to return to the TCS New York City Marathon to contribute our industry leading wireless technology for the safety of the thousands of runners, law-enforcement, volunteers and spectators at this world-class event,” said Corry Hong, founder, president and CEO of UNICOM Global.

“To help ensure the safety of the world’s largest marathon is no small task, so Sony is pleased to be an integral part of the process,” Phil Coppola, Northeast Security Manager, Sony Electronics’ Security Systems Division. “As the spotlight on safety at large events grows, Sony is able to support Virsig’s integration with a range of cameras to fit every scenario. From fixed cameras with on-board video analytics, PTZ’s and 360 degree cameras, Sony’s imaging technology will play a pivotal role in helping to secure the TCS NYC Marathon.”

“We are proud to contribute to the safety of thousands with our Milestone open platform video management software. Personnel have a consolidated operational view in the XProtect Smart Wall while roving officers covering the event can view video on the move via the Milestone Mobile client,” said Tim Palmquist, VP Americas, Milestone Systems.

Joe Byron, NVT’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager said: “Network Video Technologies is excited to support the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon. The NVT TBus® products to be used for the event, is our latest long distance Ethernet transmission technology, and will be perfect for the video and camera power transmission distances needed to support the race."

Virsig and the technology partners will be assisted by Centennial Security Integration (CSI), a NYC based security firm with over a decade experience. CSI professional installation craftsman will help transform Virsig’s multiple node security architecture for the marathon into a single seamless system.

Virisg’s networked equipment push package was developed to be seamlessly integrated into the larger security footprint established and maintained by the NYPD Counter-Terrorism Bureau (CTB) and the New York Road Runner’s marathon command center. City-Wide Disaster Services (CDS) of NYC, an emergency communications organization will be supporting Virsig's marathon role by making available radio communication gear and their Mobile Command Center, a modern field deployable communications platform.

The TCS NYC Marathon attracts over 50,000 participants, made up of both leading competitors and recreational contenders that are cheered on by more than two million live spectators and a TV audience of over 300 million.

Read more about Milestone at the 2014 New York Marathon.