Casino environments are difficult, and, as such, so is the design and implementation of a casino surveillance system. Historically, whether by design or restriction of available technology, many casinos have operated on separate Pit Cam systems (for surveillance of gaming areas including blackjack, roulette, and baccarat) and general surveillance systems (covering slot/pokie machines, bars and entertainment areas, entrances/exits and public walkways).
As the physical security / video surveillance market continues to mature, you are seeing more and more attention paid to integrated solutions. Instead of solely looking at video management software (VMS), or video analytic software, or access control systems, you are now being drawn to VMS systems that work seamlessly with a wide range of additional capabilities such as video analytics, Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, and access control – just to name a few. Over the years, end-users have come to understand —even expect— advanced technologies like video analytics being part-and-parcel of the provided solution set. Security.World caught up recently with Paul Eaton, President of Convergence To Pixel, to talk more about integrating other organizational systems into video surveillance VMS systems.
Interesting question. They actually employ former card counters and have them sit in the security booths and watch players via the security cameras. If they see a lone card counter raising and lowering his bets, they either send more drinks to slow him down, or they’ll eventually send a pit boss or security to ask him to leave. Catching a team card counter is slightly harder to do just through the “eyes in the sky.”
Although Casino market was hit by recession lately but now revenues are observed as increasing post recession years. Casino market has crossed $100 billion in recent years. Thousands of visitors get into casinos everyday and overall footfall is increasing globally. Earlier, casinos were providing only games such as card games, table games, and slot machine […]
Casino surveillance system requires the ability to respond rapidly to incidents at low levels of lighting, which is one of the most technical-demanding requirements for surveillance systems with diverse operational requirements. Gearing video surveillance needs to focus on the activities at the gaming tables and slot machines in order to settle disputes, prevent and detect […]
Long view of the Maryland Live Casino poker room. Facial images have been blurred by the casino to protect player identities. (Courtesy photo.) Long view of the Maryland Live poker room, via one of the casino’s pan-tilt-zoom surveillance cameras. Faces in the screencap have been blurred by casino officials to protect player identities. (Courtesy photo.) In my story on the front page of Sunday’s print edition about the surveillance operation at Maryland Live Casino , I mentioned that Rob Norton, the property’s president and general manager, asked me at one point if I’d ever seen “Casino.” He was specifically referring to the scene where Robert De Niro — who plays Tangiers boss Ace Rothstein – explains the way things work in the gambling world: In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye in the sky is watching us all. “You can quote from that,” Norton told me. “It’s still pretty accurate.” But the notion that every casino is watching (or at least recording) everybody, at all times, isn’t exactly true. Consider what’s happening in New Jersey, where one lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require Atlantic City casinos to put surveillance […]
Behind an unmarked door, the secret surveillance bunker in the bowels of Maryland’s largest casino was humming with activity. A manager on the gambling floor at Maryland Live had called in some suspicious behavior from one of the table-game pits, and the surveillance supervisor was blurting camera numbers like a quarterback calling an audible. Radios were crackling, and automated announcements were piped into the room every time a secured door opened on the massive Arundel Mills property. But the focus was on the bank of 42-inch monitors at the front of the room. The surveillance team was quickly trying to determine whether a customer’s odd behavior indicated cheating or . . . something else. “See that?” a surveillance operative asked. “I don’t know,” another one said, staring at the screens on the wall. The eyes in the sky never blink at Maryland Live, where officials are nearly as obsessive — and surreptitious — about spycraft as their neighbors at the National Security Agency. And for good reason. Every month hundreds of thousands of gamblers stream into the casino, leaving behind more than $50 million in revenue. Protecting that gold mine from thieves, cheats, drunks and other threats: a security force of 200 officers and a separate state-of-the-art surveillance operation. At Maryland Live, they’re always watching, pan-tilt-zooming, searching for wrongdoing in a place where somebody, somewhere is probably doing something they shouldn’t — usually at the expense of the casino’s bottom line. More than 1,200 cameras in and around the casino are […]
Operated by Arizona’s Yavapai Nation, Fort McDowell Casino has traveled a long and winding road in its quest to convert from analog to IP. Courtesy of Fort McDowell Casino Since opening the first bingo hall in Arizona in 1983, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has expanded to become the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino, comprising 128,000 square feet of slot machines, a 1,800-seat bingo hall, 18 blackjack tables and 20 pocket tables, as well as a number of food and beverage venues, a golf course and a resort hotel. Security for gaming and back-of-house areas is overseen by the Fort McDowell Tribal Gaming Office (FMTGO), which has maintained and fully provisioned surveillance coverage and compliance prior to each expansion initiative. The sometimes volatile growth has fostered a strong DIY culture with regard to surveillance, leading the tribe to embrace a culture of system design and full systems integration capabilities. As a result, FMTGO surveillance techs and management are routinely called upon to design, source, build and install off-site camera systems and other low-voltage solutions for nearby locations including courtrooms, schools, community centers and mobile safety buildings. All of these projects are provided without using local integrators for design and labor services, and the only interaction with surveillance providers is confined to equipment orders only. In 2004, following management changes, FMTGO accepted a proposal from a local systems integrator to convert the existing system from VCR to DVR recording — the first time the tribe diverged from its […]
[November 11, 2013] Nov 11, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) — This report “Casino Management Systems (CMS) Market [Management Systems, Analytics (Predictive, Video),Security and Surveillance (Video Surveillance, Access Control, Alarm Systems)] – Global Advancements, Worldwide Market Forecasts & Analysis (2013-2018)” defines and segments the global Casino Management Systems markets across various sub-segments and regions. In this report, MarketsandMarkets also identifies the drivers and the restrains for this market with insights on the trends, opportunities, and challenges. Browse 60 market data tables and 11 figures spread through 120 pages and in-depth TOC on “Casino Management Systems (CMS) Market [Management Systems, Analytics (Predictive, Video),Security and Surveillance (Video Surveillance, Access Control, Alarm Systems)] – Global Advancements, Worldwide Market Forecasts & Analysis (2013-2018)”. http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/casino-management-system-market-1021.html Early buyers will receive 10% customization on reports. Download Sample PDF Today! http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/pdfdownload.asp?id=1021 Post recession casinos are now again observing growth in revenues across the globe. Still some of the casinos are posting lesser revenues but overall casino market has shown significant rise in revenues strived from new developing regions/markets. New geographical markets such as APAC and MEA have shown promising future for casinos. Casinos are getting more attraction as these are not a place only for gambling any more but more like amusement parks. Social acceptance of casinos has been increased in recent years. Growing international tourism is another significant factor which helps other geographic markets other than North America and Europe to generate more revenues. All these factors lead to the establishment of new casinos across the […]