The team currently covers the Speedway with IP network cameras from Axis Communications, including pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) and 360° multi-image panoramic models. They routinely use additional video feeds from smartphones and mobile devices pushed to the system via the Milestone XProtect Mobile app. All video is monitored live then archived to a set of Milestone Husky network video recorders.
“For the day-to-day routine operations, we have three full-time people. If it’s a race weekend, our combined agency numbers swell to over 800. During the music festival, this number goes over 1,200 people per day! This includes security, law enforcement, EMS, paramedics, doctors, nurses, all the partners that work the festival — and we consider them all part of our team here at the Speedway.”
The Joint Operation Center is designed to share the Milestone video feeds with the state’s Department of Transportation, other relevant agencies and partners.
“We can get access to local, surrounding DOT cameras to monitor traffic, and often the festival managers may also set up another, temporary video system. Thanks to the open platform Milestone VMS, we can bring all this together,” said Kelly. “Everyone can collaborate within our Joint Operations Center, helping to ensure we deliver an enjoyable and safe event.”
Additionally, the team reviews video post-event to evaluate performance and improve operations. They look at everything from security improvements to marketing and sales, vendor and concession stand positioning, parking and crowd control. The system is used to monitor and evaluate the infield as well, ensuring the safety of speedway workers, vendors, and drivers in their areas.
Note: Due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns, the speedway races in August (which were postponed from May) could not allow fans to attend in person, and the Firefly Music Festival had to be cancelled this year. Follow the Speedway news and updates on DoverSpeedway.com; the races were streamed live on https://www.nbcsports.com/nascar.
This customer story was published first on Security Today in October 2020.