Market Focus: Gaming & Casinos

A roundup of recent unique security applications and installations

Honeywell's newest IP video technology has been integrated with analog video and IT systems at the Las Vegas City Center. All the technology is managed under a single software platform, Honeywell's MAXPRO(r) VMS (video-management system).

The massive CityCenter complex, which is the largest privately funded construction project in U.S. history, is an 18-million square-foot facility spread over 67 acres. The Honeywell video system, installed by integrator North American Video, captures data from CityCenter's parking and retail locations, as well as the ARIA Resort and Casino, which includes more than 4,000 hotel rooms, 10 bars and lounges, and a 150,000 square-foot gaming space with 145 table games and 1,940 server-based slot machines. The VMS enables personnel to quickly retrieve and view video from any camera to pinpoint and resolve issues as they arise. The system's distributed hardware network design enables operators to easily choose video feeds to view from the surveillance equipment room, instead of pulling through all video feeds at once.

"Most newer facilities today will use a mix of both analog and IP video technology, but the key to maximizing their advantages is being able to manage both with a single platform," says Ron Rothman, president, Honeywell Security Group. "CityCenter is a perfect example of how to bridge the analog-IP gap in a way that enhances safety and security and improving operational efficiency."

The surveillance system includes equipment such as 360-degree IP cameras used to cover the casino floor, as well as megapixel cameras that can capture identification shots of people travelling between different areas. Additionally, CityCenter recently implemented the supplier's HD3MDIP fixed mini-dome network camera, which is ideal for casino floors due to its superior picture quality and ability to capture high-definition images in variable conditions, including low lighting. It can also reduce the number of cameras needed to monitor table games.

CityCenter also is using Honeywell's Integrated Data Manager (IDM) offering that ties data from point-of-sales systems, slot machines and cash counters back to the VMS. For example, security personnel can review cash handling from anywhere within the facility, and conduct both post-forensic and real-time analysis.

The Mirage

Marks USA's Custom Lockset Division has manufactured solid stainless steel Grade 1 leversets for more than 3,000 rooms at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

The use of such an unusual design was only fitting for a building as beautiful and timeless as The Mirage. The locksets are manufactured from metals using mixes of virgin and 10-percent recycled metals (post-consumer) to reduce environmental impacts from extracting and processing virgin materials.