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University of Toronto Ensures Security of Athletes and Fans at “Festival of Excellence” with Avigilon HD Surveillance System


Organizers of world-class track and field meet deploy Avigilon’s 16 megapixel cameras and network video management software to deliver a safe and secure stadium environment

VANCOUVER, BC – August 3, 2009 – In June, 2009, the University of Toronto hosted a world-class track and field meet featuring such renowned international athletes as Usain Bolt and Shawn Chambers, Gold and Silver medalists at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Making the safety and security of spectators and athletes a top priority, U of T deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System including two Avigilon 16 megapixel HD IP cameras and Avigilon Control Center network video management software.

“Securing a large stadium facility like the Varsity Center poses a number of challenges to security staff,” said Dan Hutt director of campus police service at the University of Toronto. “We worked closely with the experts at Avigilon to quickly install a high definition surveillance system which ultimately helped ensure that we could deliver an incident free event.”

“The University of Toronto organized an impressive world-class track and field event that attracted 7,000 spectators plus athletes, coaches, and other support staff from around the world,” said Dave Tynan, vice-president of global sales at Avigilon. “By proactively deploying Avigilon’s high definition surveillance system, organizers were able to deliver the full situational awareness and detail needed to ensure the safety of attendees and athletes.”

About the Festival of Excellence
The Festival of Excellence is part of a series of track and field events celebrating Varsity Centre’s IAAF-certified track and the new throws area that made its debut in June 2009. Other key events include the OFSAA track and field championships, Ontario’s biggest high school athletics event, and the 2009 Canadian senior track and field championships.

About Avigilon
The performance and value leader in high definition and megapixel video surveillance systems, Avigilon was honored by Frost & Sullivan with the 2009 Best Practices Award as the HD Surveillance Company of the Year. Avigilon’s HD surveillance systems offer a breakthrough in imaging performance, which is required for the protection of the public, critical assets, and infrastructure. Avigilon’s exceptionally strong commitment to research and development ensures that it will continue to be the leader in supplying high definition surveillance systems on which demanding security professionals rely. For further information please visit