Security Dealer & Integrator

OCT 2018

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26 Security Dealer & Integrator / October 2018 © Istock I f a casino security direc- tor wants to upgrade analog video surveillance to a faster, more sophisticated system with higher resolution images, broader coverage and adequate storage, the common assumption is IP-based video surveillance is the answer; how- ever, this is not necessarily the truth. Despite the many advantages of IP-based surveillance systems, gaming security professionals are increasingly opting for video surveillance systems built on analog HD technology that already leverages a typical casino's vast analog infrastructure. While "upgrading" to analog may sound counterintuitive, analog HD systems are high performing, afford- able, and provide exceptional images and storage capability uniquely suited to a casino's requirements. ey can be installed relatively easily, require min- imal downtime, and have features that enable casino owners to meet complex and diverse regulatory requirements. Before joining Hikvision as business development manager for gaming, I ran a systems integration business for more than 20 years that specialized in gaming. I have personally witnessed the incredible technological leaps we have made from the days – not all that long ago – when casinos stationed sur- veillance operators with binoculars on catwalks above the ceilings, or when the first casino camera domes were installed that measured 33 inches in diameter and weighed 70 pounds. Today, I have seen firsthand how analog HD can save integrators and casino owners significant time and money, while also making the security surveillance operator's job easier – contributing to a smoother overall business operation of the casino. is translates into better security and prof- itability for casinos. Analog in Gaming: A Good Bet For casinos, an integrator's best option for both upgrades and new construction may be HD analog By Scott Bartlett Video Surveillance

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