Apple iPad: the latest weapon against football hooligans?

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English football club Fulham FC deploys Minority Report-style control room and iPads to catch unruly fans red-handed.

Football hooligans have been known to cause a spot of bother in their time, especially within the UK.

For the Premier League teams they purportedly support, these kinds of ‘sports fans’ can cause more than reputational damage, they can cause financial issues as well.

Any team whose fans spark violence or trash club property can find themselves on the end of significant fines now.

Keeping supporters under control is therefore of the utmost importance for any Premier League team. Hence why Fulham FC, known as one of the more genial English clubs, has invested heavily in its new IP CCTV system, all watched over by iPads…

The biggest wow-factor of this new implementation – initiated by IT, not the security team at Fulham – is the use of iPads.

Using an iPad app from software development firm Genetech, police can control a network of 63 HD cameras, all with their own IP address, located at Fulham’s Craven Cottage stadium and Motspur Park training ground. Administrators can change camera angles or zoom in to focus on particular bits of action they want to see from their shiny Apple devices.

iPads aren’t the only CCTV enabled mobile devices either. iPhones can access the app, whilst an Android version is on its way.

The resolution is far superior to previous systems. With the non-IP, analogue systems of old, zooming in to a suspect’s face would only reveal something resembling a demolished cottage pie, where there was meant to be a human head.

Whereas suspects could simply deny their involvement before due to the ropey footage, all their misdemeanors are now caught in high-definition. With that kind of visual quality, there’s no getting away with it.

“We now need to get a clear passport sized photo of suspects. We can now print that off and it’s impossible to argue with,” Fulham’s head of IT Nicolas Pendlebury said. “In the past we just couldn’t do that.”

It’s all delivered via a private cloud environment too, meaning police can review footage anytime they want and from any internet-enabled location. It all makes for a vastly superior CCTV operation.

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