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Hotels, casinos sound opportunities for video, access control and smart premises

The CityCenter project is the first deployment of a standardized surveillance platform, designed by NAV, for other MGM Resorts International properties. The custom hybrid solution at CityCenter is built around Honeywell VMS and features multiple matrix systems spread across seven different head-end locations with monitoring in six separate monitor rooms; six different access control rooms tying together approximately 300 controlled doors; PSIM (physical security information system) integration and management control; and a fiber backbone tying all properties and systems together. More than 3,700 video surveillance cameras provide detailed images on a 24/7/365 basis.

"This project was a challenge to both NAV and the client because of the sheer scale and variety of applications across the multi-use development," said Jason Oakley, CEO, North American Video. "We were successful in delivering this project on time and on budget by working in close cooperation with the MGM Resorts team to ensure their needs were met and their technology investment protected."

NFC-enabled contactless cards for hotels

Hospitality projects are also moving to more secure and sophisticated locking systems. VingCard Elsafe, part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, recently completed installation of its Signature RFID by VingCard contactless electronic door locks with Near Field Communications (NFC) cell phone compatibility at the Kyriad Marseille Centre-Rabatou in Marseille, France. Located a few steps from the Congress Palace and the city's Stadium, the 88-room Louvre Hotels property is located close to the city's main attractions.

The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locks allow for contactless guestroom entry and are compatible with next generation NFC cell phones. Guests receive a booking confirmation number, room number and encrypted room key access code through an encrypted Short Message System (SMS) to their NFC-enabled cell phone, allowing them to bypass the check-in line upon arrival and go straight to the room, where their NFC-enabled cell phones will unlock the guestroom door. Each keycard provides updates to the front desk, allowing the hotel's staff to receive important guest information and requests.

VingCard's Signature RFID also decreases the workload of the hotel's management and staff. Its 600-event audit trail and anti-cloning software creates peace-of-mind for hoteliers, according to Christian H‚non, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe/Middle East/Africa.

The RFID locks favor the property's "green" initiatives. The energy-efficient locks require fewer battery changes and the sealed hardware design requires less maintenance.

While uncertainty remains in the hospitality market tethered to the recession and its potential upswing, there are opportunities across the board. Video surveillance, electronic lock systems, and integrated system solutions that offer the end user long-term cost savings and a solid return on investment, as well as the ability to grow into the future needs-are skill-sets the systems integrators can present to these users.