More than 400 cameras used to protect world's tallest hotel

Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, the world's tallest hotel, uses a combination of Infinova pan-tilt-zoom, fixed and dome cameras in order to protect its guests, staff and property.

Located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, the 72-story Rose Rayhaan by Rotana has a height of 333 m (1,093 ft) and features 482 rooms and suites.

"While cameras have proven to be a deterrent to crime, we needed them to be at their best when used to monitor customers in this hotel," emphasizes Parag Vadodaria, CEO of Dubai-based Zio Technologies, the security integrator for the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana. "Visitors see the cameras and assume someone is monitoring them. Used properly, they prove to be a great enhancement to security and loss prevention. For instance, cameras used to monitor the front desk may help reduce the number of hostile entries and anti-social activities in and around a hotel such as Rose Rayhaan by Rotana would typically experience."

The system is comprised of 47 pan-tilt-zoom, 143 fixed and 246 dome Infinova cameras. Among these cameras are high resolution day/night models. The cameras capture all patron areas of the hotel and are networked so that the hotel’s dedicated security staff can operate them from a central location. The system also includes a 2TB hard drive that holds 31 days of recordings.

"The cameras perform many duties," says Daniel Mathew, the hotel's general manager. "The cameras at the front desk reduce article theft, including stopping pickpockets, and are a very useful way to detect credit card fraud and manage alcohol-induced problems. Cash register shortages are minimized and we have decreased driveway issues by identifying entrants."

Local law also demands that RG 59 coaxial cable be used to carry the video signal from the cameras to the Infinova DVRs, matrixes and monitors. At present, the system is analog but anytime the Rose Tower decides to migrate to an IP-based system, the addition of Infinova encoders to the present cameras will make the switchover easy.

For the time being, other security systems, such as the access control system, intruder alarm system and parking barrier system are all standalone.

"In case the need arises, they also can be integrated with the Infinova solution using alarm followers and other Infinova devices," assures Vadodaria. "For instance, if the hotel wants, the camera installed at the parking barriers and other parking area cameras can be implemented and integrated as an Automatic Number Plate Facility (license plate recognition) for better management of the parking area."

"With this system as a foundation, we have so many ways that we can enhance security here at the hotel," adds Mathew. "We are confident that anything we need is technologically possible."