Bosch upgrades safety and security tech in German multi-purpose arena

Bosch upgrades safety and security tech in German multi-purpose arena
Bosch has provided a safety and security system for the Rudolf Weber-Arena in Oberhausen, one of Germany’s largest multi-purpose arenas.

The Rudolf Weber-Arena in Oberhausen can hold up to 12,700 spectators. To ensure that event goers continue to benefit from the highest standards of safety and security, the arena´s technology was recently updated – with a team of experts from Bosch Building Technologies playing a key role.

The project involved upgrading the fire alarm, intrusion detection, public address, and voice alarm system that Bosch originally installed when the arena was built in 1996. This time round, the venue operators also opted to install a networked video security and access control system from Bosch.

The new video system can monitor all areas of the multi-purpose arena, both inside and outside. These areas are monitored by over 30 IP cameras, including HD dome cameras that can be remotely controlled. There are 4K cameras pointing at the entrances to certain areas, and public circulation areas are also monitored.

Several cameras are equipped with intelligent video analysis technology to immediately spot unusual details, such as an unattended rucksack. A forensic search function can be used to analyse the video data retrospectively, so that video evidence can be found more quickly for the police, for example.

image: Mirco Markfort (center) and Wolfgang Kirschniok (left) from the Rudolf Weber-Arena and Christian Wichert (right) from Bosch


To control the access of suppliers and day visitors through the backstage entrance, Bosch implemented a visitor management system. Visitors are now registered using a tablet, after which staff automatically issue access badges.

This also makes it possible to keep track of who is on the premises at any given time. If the building needs to be evacuated, it can be verified that everyone has left the arena.

Fire alarm, voice alarm, video security, intrusion detection, and access control are all integrated into one management system, as a result, control centre staff can operate and manage all safety and security systems from a single workstation. A floor plan of the building, showing all levels, is displayed on the screen. By clicking on individual cameras on the plan, for example, staff can call up the relevant video feed.

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