Coveted Super Bowl security job goes to San Diego firm

Thursday, January 9, 2003

January 9, 2003

SAN DIEGO - When Super Bowl Sunday hits at the end of January, Qualcomm Stadium will be equipped with a new digital video security system installed by systems integrator Electro Specialty Systems.

The contract is one of the largest ever won by the San Diego-based company. Work on the $400,000 project recently wrapped up, only two months after Electro Specialty Systems was awarded the job.

“We’re doing a complete video surveillance system,” said Dan Brault, president of Electro Specialty Systems. “What they had there before was a hodge-podge of different companies. There was no planning that was done with it.”

The new system uses cVideo’s Marathon digital video recording system to monitor inside the stadium and its parking lot. For cVideo, being part of such a coveted installation ranks as one of its more unique projects.

“The NFL was looking to have a more advanced system to replace their existing analog system,” said Nelson Faller, vice president of sales for cVideo. “They wanted something a little bit more comprehensive.”

Though Brault declined to provide specifics about the system, citing security reasons, published reports said more than 50 cameras were installed.

Five other security companies besides Electro Specialty Systems also bid on the project, a job overseen by the San Diego Police Department in conjunction with the NFL.

“It was probably one of the biggest projects at the time since it was the contract for the Super Bowl,” said Brault. “A lot of people want to be involved with that.”