This weekend, the city of Chicago will host more than 45,000 runners from all U.S. 50 states and from 100 countries, in addition to two million visitors, for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. With an impressive amount of runners, community members and visitors, the city of Chicago, as it has done for many years, will rely on Axis Communications to ensure safety for the runners, spectators and marathon workers.
“Given today’s climate regarding security, we have to be able to optimize our security presence on campus as much as possible,” says Frank Solano, Security Systems Manager for McCormick Place. “That means using technology and other tools to keep our visitors safe."
In February, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan to upgrade security cameras and add new ones at Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) stations and bus turnarounds, which would be funded by a fee hike for Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services.
Data-collection sensors affixed to the lamp posts will measure air quality, light intensity, sound volume, heat, precipitation and wind. The sensors will also count people by measuring wireless signals from mobile devices.