The security solutions needed to be discreet but effective, as those managing security at the O2 needed to have continuous surveillance of the arena and its visitors. It was important to ensure that those experiencing the venue could do so in a safe, secure and enjoyable manner.

The fire detection systems also needed to operate in a unique environment, particularly in the concert arena that houses a sound system that pumps out 650,000 watts. Additionally, the shows that take place at the arena often use increasingly advanced pyrotechnic, light and atmospheric displays.

Tyco delivered security solutions that have met all of the O2’s requirements. CCTV cameras have been installed in all areas of Peninsula Square that feed into The O2 Operations room, enabling operators to view all areas of the Entertainment Avenue from the entrance of Peninsula Square to the inside of the arena bowl.

Discreetly placed, the cameras monitor the site for any unusual behaviour and also provide valuable data for evacuations. The CCTV system is supported by access control doors where necessary.

Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) was installed in the arena and concourses. This system is supported by call points and detection around the O2 as well as voice activated alerts. These alerts are connected to the extensive sound system that informs visitors what they need to do in the event of a fire. The system has also been designed so that the voice activated alerts can operate independently of each other, evacuating areas, if necessary, in an orderly and controlled way.