Project Description

Agent Vi Enhances Security and Safety at Montreal’s Convention Center

“With over 400 events annually, we face risks and physical security threats to our building and guests on a daily basis. We looked for a solution that would allow us to increase our level of security and safety without employing additional security staff. We chose Agent Vi’s real-time event detection solution to automate the task of monitoring our surveillance system and this has dramatically improved our response rate, allowing us to act rapidly as the incident unfolds.”

Associate Director of Security & Building Services, Palais des congrès


The Palais des congrès de Montréal (convention center) is an exceptional venue boasting a unique architectural facade of rainbow colored glass panels. With buildings covering 1.4 million square feet, security and safety are major factors to consider. The Palais des congrès therefore sought a solution to protect the facilities as well as provide a safe and secure environment for the guests at the multiple events occurring simultaneously at this vast site.


After receiving recommendations for Agent Vi from other sites of similar size and purpose, the Palais des congrès chose Agent Vi’s real-time video analytics solution. More than half the site’s cameras were enabled with analytics capabilities by connecting them to Axis video encoders. Real-time events are transmitted to Genetec Omnicast, the site’s VMS which is fully integrated with Agent Vi’s products, and associated with user-defined custom events.


The security team now has much greater awareness and enhanced ability to respond to concerns and incidents, providing a more secure environment for guests and staff. The video analytics generates alerts when: a person enters through the exit doors, a suspicious object is left behind, an unauthorized vehicle enters the car park, and more. Agent Vi’s people-counting capabilities also allow the security team to know when maximum room capacity is reached.