Case Study

During 2011/12 Vindex Systems delivered a major Security and Traffic Management solution at The NEC in Birmingham. This project was part of a wider programme of activities which are to deliver a number of technology solutions that will match with the NEC stated objective of being the Venue of choice.

Customer: The NEC Group

Project: Project Mercury – Security and Traffic Management

Completion Date: 2011

Contract Value: £2.7m

Intelligence lead, safety, security and traffic management

The NEC occupies a 610 acre site in the borough of Solihull, just eight miles from Birmingham City Centre and offers unrivalled flexibility across more than 186,000 square metres of covered exhibition space through 20 interconnecting halls, around 167 acres of hard standing and 75 acres of woodland.

The venue welcomes around 2.1m visitors each year, to around 140 diverse trade and consumer events, including long standing shows like BBC Gardeners’ World, BBC Good Food Show and Spring Fair; it also hosts specialist exhibitions like the Clothes Show Live, Warley National Model Rail Exhibition and Festival of Quilts.

This £2.6m project was to provide an integrated IP CCTV (350+ cameras), IP Access Control (400+ doors), ANPR (40+ lanes), Car Park Counting (80 zones), Video Analytics and the associated infrastructure.   To support the solutions Vindex Systems provided all civils and electrical works with approved sub-contractors working for Vindex Systems as the Principal Contractor. At its peak we had an onsite labour force of over 20 staff.

The project implementation had several challenges not least the fact that the site continued business as usual with over 4 million visitors to the site during the installation period and the planning necessary to coordinate the works with the event and traffic teams.

Due to the lack of infrastructure throughout the site a point to multi-point wireless network was provided to stretch the solution beyond the buildings to all areas of the 650-acre estate. At the heart of the solution was a new Venue Operations Centre to manage the security and traffic operations for the site.

The integrated solution comprised market leading technology including:-

  • Genetec Security Centre
  • Genetec Omnicast
  • Software House CŸCure 9000
  • Commend GE IP Intercom
  • Swarco CPM
  • Galaxy IDS
  • Axis HD IP PTZ and fixed cameras
  • Bosch HSPT and Autodome low light cameras
  • Genetec Sharp ANPR cameras
  • Agent Vi Analytics

In addition to the Vindex scope a Variable Message Sign project was being delivered to utilise the ANPR, counting and traffic information providing real time parking and route planning guidance to all visitors.

The complete integrated solution allows better utilisation of security and traffic teams by providing real time information and the necessary communication tools to deliver ‘Intelligence lead safety, security and traffic management”.

Client Testimonial

“The integrated solution provided by the Vindex Systems team has already proven to be a great tool in reducing crime and improving the effectiveness of the security and traffic management team. With such a significant investment the selection process for this project was very rigorous, Vindex provided a comprehensive and compelling bid showing an in depth understanding of the objectives and how to implement solutions to achieve them. The implementation of the solution was a challenging one given the nature of the site and its continued operation. I am very pleased with the outcome and would no hesitation in recommending Vindex Systems for future projects”

The NEC Group Operations Manager for Security & Traffic