As part of the ongoing upgrades to Stark’s Park, Raith Rovers have recently installed a new comprehensive CCTV system around the stadium.
CCTV is key to the security and safety of supporters and visitors to the stadium. On match days, it is vital that the safety officer can have a clear view of the whole ground, and any incidents can be identified immediately, monitored and acted on. With the growing community use of the stadium during the week, it’s also important to have a system that can work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, keeping all those that visit Stark’s Park safe.
The club’s existing system had been showing its age for some time and was in much need of an overhaul to meet the future plans for the ground. There were a number of areas that had either poor or no camera coverage, and the quality of the existing footage had fallen far behind what is now possible.
A total of 24 new cameras were installed to provide total coverage of all public spaces within and around the stadium, using a combination of full HD and 4K cameras. A combination of PTZ dome cameras and muti-image network cameras were deployed inside and outside the stadium, while cameras were deployed to cover concourses and public lounges.
The project was part-funded by the Scottish Football Partnership which, amongst other things, works to support clubs in upgrading their infrastructure to meet the ever-changing demands of the modern game.
Stuart McCaffrey from the Scottish Football Partnership said, “We are delighted to have once again supported Raith Rovers F.C. with another key infrastructure upgrade at Stark’s Park with the installation of a new CCTV system. Projects such as these often fly under the radar however they form an integral part of our work in supporting Scottish FA Member clubs to meet National Club licensing requirements on ground and spectator safety.
Having supported the club with other projects in the last 5 years which have included a new fire alarm and PA system, electrical upgrades of the floodlight system and an increased water supply into the stadium we hope to be in a position to support the club’s next infrastructure project.“
The system was installed by local company Scottish Security & Fire Systems, which involved transitioning from an outdated analogue configuration to a full IP and CCTV HDTV set up.
Harry Meldrum, Managing Director of Scottish Security & Fire Systems, said, “This installation has been a fantastic project for our company and a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate what our technology is capable of in potentially risky, public environments. The combination of PTZ and multi-view cameras were chosen for this installation because of their ability to deliver razor-sharp images using 24x optical zoom capability. This is very important when you are siting cameras at opposite ends of a pitch over 120 metres away! Even at those distances, our cameras can provide evidential quality images to positively identify individuals and help the club’s ground safety team spot issues before they escalate.”
The CCTV project is just one of a number of major upgrades that have been taking place while the COVID19 restrictions have been in place, which fans will be able to benefit from when they return.