Security Dealer & Integrator

OCT 2018

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28 Security Dealer & Integrator / October 2018 The Gaming Vertical: A Different Environment Casinos are unique installations in many ways, especially in terms of foot- print and infrastructure. ey are huge environments that never close, literally operating 24/7, 365 days a year. e integrator's job is complicated further by the fact that casino owners do not want any downtime. Gaming is a highly regulated indus- try, with regulations that differ widely from state to state. Every casino must meet state regulations or, if it is a tribal casino, National Indian Gaming Com- mission (NIGC) regulations. Depend- ing on where it is located, a casino may have to meet both state and tribal gaming regulations. Adding to the complexity, even reg- ulations that have similar language – for example, casino cameras need suf- ficient clarity to identify patrons, or storage requirements – are oen inter- preted differently in different states. Every state except Nevada requires systems integrators doing work in the gaming vertical to be licensed as well. To be successful, integrators who do casino work need to be subject matter experts; in fact, for the most part, secu- rity integrators do not dabble in casino work – they specialize in it. Casino sur- veillance directors demand that their integrator and manufacturer partners really understand the gaming world. Profit in Retrofits Up until around 2006, there was huge growth in the gaming industry, with lots of new construction. Since that time, new construction has slowed, and as a result, the vast majority of casino projects are retrofits and upgrades. Because casinos operate continu- ously, installing new video platforms is complicated by the fact that the inte- grator must keep the old system up and running while the new system is being installed. is aspect is much easier and faster with analog HD compared to IP-based technology. e first and most obvious reason is casinos are reluctant to shut down areas of an active casino to re-pull cable. Re-installing new cameras oen requires patching holes le from legacy analog cameras whose footprint are much larger than IP cameras. During a new system deployment, the surveillance director will generally close down one section of the casino, which also requires prior approval from the local gaming commission. ere is pressure to quickly complete the installation, because closed sections obviously do not generate revenue. Analog HD enables integrators to install the upgraded solution much Video Surveillance Request information:

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