Security Dealer & Integrator

OCT 2018

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30 Security Dealer & Integrator / October 2018 faster because no new cabling is required. By leveraging existing RG59 cable, the installation is more efficient; and cost savings are realized from the faster install as well as a significant savings from cable replacement and associated labor – which in large casi- nos can represent 25 to 30 percent of the overall labor cost. A more efficient installation also enables the casino to re-open closed sections faster. As mentioned, a surveillance direc- tor needs prior approval from a gam- ing commission to shut down parts of the casino. Before the project begins, the surveillance director also needs an approved transition plan that illustrates a timeline for the replacement of each camera. Manufacturers that specialize in gaming should be able to offer guid- ance and best practices to integrator partners for casino camera schedules and transition plans. 'Old' Analog vs. Analog HD As mentioned, the true benefit of ana- log HD is its ability to leverage existing infrastructure, resulting in little down- time for the casino. For example, in the case of a casino looking to upgrade a 1,000-camera system, the cable costs alone (assuming average run per camera being 200 feet) would be approximately $50,000 and the labor to pull in new cabling would be approximately $150,000 in a non- union environment. Other significant savings can be found in how analog HD solutions are licensed. Unlike traditional VMS solutions where each IP camera represents a camera license, analog HD is usually licensed per encoder. Using the 1,000-camera casino as a further example, traditional VMS camera licensing can be as much as $120,000 – as much as 50 percent more than per-encoder licensing. ese savings, combined with reduced networking costs, lower cam- era costs, shorter casino-section down- times, and various other factors quickly Video Surveillance averages to a minimum of a 25 to 30 percent savings on the overall upgrade project cost over an IP solution. Importantly, reaping these savings does not require the casino to compro- mise on higher resolution video. For example, Hikvision currently offers 5MP resolution at 30 frames per sec- ond over coaxial cable. By the end of 2018, analog HD tech- nology will be capable of 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. With older analog systems, surveil- lance operators can barely read denom- inations on the cards, but with analog HD, they can read denominations and suits. e higher resolution analog HD cameras also enable operators to deter- mine how many checks are in a stack, something that is impossible with older analog systems. Furthermore, they can detect a player capping a bet, bending the corner of a card, and many other typical card-game manipulations. Accuracy in this area is extremely important to the casino – they want to detect cheating, but they do not want to unnecessarily stop play at a table. Greenfield Applications While analog HD is a no-brainer for retrofits, it can be argued that analog HD is an excellent solution for green- field casino projects as well. Coax (and 18/2 for power) costs more initially than CAT5e cable; how- ever, CAT5e cable can only go 325 feet, while coax can stretch from 1,000 to 1600 feet. Integrators may even be able to eliminate the need for multiple Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) closets throughout the gaming floor, thus saving on construction costs and energy as well. e bottom line is that longer cable runs allow for fewer IDFs, power sup- plies and signal amplifiers, which off- sets the cost of the cable. ese savings, coupled with the licensing savings, makes analog HD a smart solution for new construction. By betting on analog HD, casinos can save between 15 to 25 percent on green- field deployments. ■ » Scott Bartlett is Gaming Business Development Manager for Hikvision USA. He spent more than 20 years running an integration business that specialized in gaming and has completed work in hundreds of casinos. Request more info about Hikvision USA at Description IP Cost Analog HD Cost Cost Difference Wire/Cabling $50,000.00 $125,000.00 $(75,000.00) Labor for cable $150,000.00 $200,000.00 $(50,000.00) VMS $120,000.00 $12,500.00 $107,500.00 WMS Servers/Analog Encoders $110,000.00 $80,000.00 $30,000.00 Network $140,000.00 $50,000.00 $90,000.00 IDF Cost $120,000.00 $30,000.00 $90,000.00 Storage $380,000.00 $280,000.00 $100,000.00 Cameras $620,000.00 $450,000.00 $170,000.00 Camera Labor $300,000.00 $300,000.00 $- All other misc. equip. $300,000.00 $300,000.00 $- System Total $2,290,000.00 $1,827,500.00 $462,500.00 Using a 1,000-camera non-union greenfield casino as a use-case example, integrators can save a client nearly half a million dollars on a typical installation. Cost Comparison: IP vs. Analog HD

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