Teams from around the world converged on Williamsport in central Pennsylvania for the 70th annual Little League Baseball World Series championship, which ran through Aug. 28. The Little League Baseball World Series (LLBWS) is a special summer youth sporting event celebrating sportsmanship, hard work and fun for leagues from 7,000 communities and 83 countries.


As it has for the past 18 years, Lenel, a leading provider in advanced security systems, is there to help keep the iconic summer event safe and secure. From Lenel mobile apps that allow onsite officers to monitor and share video to — new to the games — Interlogix technology to help protect the onsite police station, advanced security solutions are in place throughout the World Series complex. Lenel and Interlogix are parts of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.


Little League’s long-term association with Lenel allows the organization to keep the focus where it should be — on the games’ young players.


“Lenel’s donation of time, expertise and systems gives us the latest in electronic security,” said James Ferguson, director of security for Little League International. “That lets us provide top level security, so fans, coaches, volunteers, families and players can enjoy and celebrate the games.”


Ron Virden, general manager, electronic access control solutions, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, added, “The company’s mission is to provide safety and security for people where they work, live and play and our long-term LLBWS relationship is an excellent example. We are proud to be able to provide the most updated, unified security systems based on our industry-leading OnGuard security platform.”


Upon arrival, each player, staff member, volunteer and vendor is enrolled in the OnGuard system and receives a photo identification badge for use during the series. The personalized badges allow entry to selected areas of the facility. Only players and select staff are allowed access to the LLBWS dormitory areas where players sleep, eat and rest.


As badge holders move throughout the facility they must present their credentials at key checkpoints. The access control system taps into the video system presenting a live video feed and the cardholder’s database photo for easy identification by security guards.


This year the OnGuard platform featured the web-based dashboard OnGuard WATCH. This diagnostics tool offers an intuitive graphical interface that makes it even easier for LLBWS security professionals to gather data and respond quickly to system needs. The system also used Lenel Prism, an open IP-based video management system, providing situational awareness for the LLBWS security operations center.