Moscone to Use Self-Powered Smart Security at Events
V5 Systems to partner with San Francisco’s Moscone Center to quickly expand event safety measures for attendees
Oct. 18, 2018, FREMONT, Calif. —
Silicon Valley tech company, V5 Systems, was selected by Moscone Center in San Francisco to enhance security measures for events hosted at the venue. V5 Systems’ flexibility and quick deployment of its wireless, self-powered (solar and battery-managed) V5 Portable Security Unit (V5 PSU), will provide Moscone’s security team at George R. Moscone Convention Center with situational awareness around the sprawling facility, enabling real-time monitoring via an easy-to-use smartphone app.
The Moscone Center is nearing completion of a three-and-a-half year, $500-million upgrade that will add 500,000 square feet of contiguous meeting space. All over the country, other cities are doing the same: expanding and modernizing their convention facilities in a ferocious competition to attract business and tourism dollars. New York City is leading the pack with a $1.5 billion expansion of Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Not to be left behind, the Las Vegas Convention Center is spending $1.4 billion to expand and modernize.
But acres of shiny new floor space, blazing-fast Wi-Fi and luxury lodgings will not mean much if attendees feel unsafe at convention facilities, most of which are located in the heart of major urban centers.
As the primary conference facility in San Francisco, Moscone Center has conventional, fixed camera surveillance throughout the building, where access to power and communications is available. In the outdoors, however, areas such as nearby parking garages, the venue perimeter and surrounding streets have security vulnerabilities; without easy access to power, it has traditionally fallen to manned security, when available, to secure these areas. Moscone needed extensibility, fast.
“The V5 PSU gives us a broader overview than our legacy systems could previously accommodate,” explained Damion Ellis, Director of Safety and Security for the Moscone Center. “With V5 Systems units’ real-time monitoring; we’ll have visibility where needed. And because it’s a cloud-based system, it allows for collaborative security.”
Providing security for a convention center that sprawls across three blocks in the core of a major city can be a challenge, but the forward-thinking security team at Stadium Management Group saw V5 Systems’ leading-edge technology as the way to expand their footprint.
“We’re looking forward to helping attendees enjoy a secure experience not only at Moscone Center events, but at all short-term events around the city including fairs, festivals, marathons and outdoor concerts,” said V5 Systems Chief Executive Officer, Steve Yung.
V5 Systems, leveraging Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, brings computing and security to the outdoors, where actionable data collection has been sparse. Oracle enables V5 Systems to quickly scale its solutions and provide its customers with easy and affordable storage. Yung will be a featured session speaker at Oracle OpenWorld, highlighting how the Oracle Cloud is integral to Industrial IoT growth.
“A secure convention facility is a must for any city,” said Mazin Bedwan, V5 Systems president and co-founder. “Our wireless, self-powered units provide the flexibility and scalability needed to monitor previously inaccessible areas, so attendees and locals alike can feel safe. That’s why we offer subscription and short-term rental options. That way, any-sized municipality can have our units onsite right away, wherever they’re needed.” While V5 Systems’ technology allows for fast deployment, Bedwan believes that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is the key that will allow V5 Systems to expand rapidly and globally.
V5 Systems’ wireless units leap ahead of analog security systems by employing “edge computing”; meaning, each unit processes information at the point of contact without the need for sending information back and forth from a server or human interaction. The V5 PSU offers visual situational awareness.
V5 Systems solutions also include:
- Surveillance and license-plate reading utilizing HD video
- Acoustic detection that today, isolates the sound of a gunshot and relays information within seconds – directly to staff
- Real-time edge analytics to detect people and vehicles in defined zones
Each solution is self-powered via a combination of bullet-resistant proprietary solar panels and battery management system, weighing 25 pounds to provide portable security in under 30 minutes per unit sans the need for trenching or wiring.
San Francisco elected a new mayor this year, Mayor London Breed, who is tasked with a mandate to restore and revitalize a city that has been a flashpoint for inequality and uneven growth. As Ellis explained, the Moscone Center has a working relationship with the local homeless population, and V5’s technology is intended to respect and protect them as well, while maintaining a sustainable business flow that can fuel the city’s programs to eradicate homelessness and improve quality of life for everyone. San Francisco is not the only city to realize that safer conference venues drive flourishing economies. Across the nation, cities seek to build a more verdant future for residents by investing in new, smart technology.
“We’re in a high foot-traffic area,” reiterated Ellis. “We want attendees to be safe everywhere. The V5 units give us the flexibility to easily reposition and monitor trouble spots. It allows for a wise use of press_releases that keeps us from becoming heavy handed with our local homeless population. It benefits everyone.”
About V5 Systems
V5 Systems is a California-based technology company that provides leading-edge portable, wireless, self-powered security solutions for Industrial IoT applications. They deliver turnkey video surveillance and gunshot detection solutions that can be deployed in under 30 minutes per unit, while the computing platform itself can act as a host for 3rd party hardware and software integration. These solutions utilize a proprietary power management system which eliminates the need for fixed power and hard-wired communications. V5 Systems develops and optimizes all software and AI analytics to run at the edge, which is instrumental to delivering real-time information to its users. Working with state and local government, education and private enterprises, V5 Systems delivers a next-generation security platform for the Industrial IoT.