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Contracts Valued Over $8 Million Honeywell and North American Video team up to supply digital video surveillance systems for the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, WA; the Soaring Eagle Casino in Pleasant, MI; and the Aruba Marriot Resort...


Contracts Valued Over $8 Million
Honeywell and North American Video team up to supply digital video surveillance systems for the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, WA; the Soaring Eagle Casino in Pleasant, MI; and the Aruba Marriot Resort in Palm Beach, Aruba. The three separate contracts all involve the integration of digital video surveillance and security solutions provided by Honeywell Systems. The three contract awards are valued at over $8 million.

Honeywell's MAX-1000 CCTV Management System and ULTRAKey keyboard controller, for example, is replacing Soaring Eagle's existing video matrix. The MAX-1000 makes total video security integration possible and allows all security components--CCTV, matrix switches, digital video recorders, point-of-sales data, monitors and surveillance cameras-to be linked together.

ULTRAKey is a fully programmable CCTV keyboard with touch-screen display that simplifies the operation of large video systems. Honeywell's digital video recording systems are being installed in the three locations.

Supplying security to the casino market, in particular, is very competitive. According to Scott Harkins, vice president of North American Sales for Honeywell Video Systems, Soaring Eagle, for instance, evaluated almost every available real-time DVR product out there.

"The gaming industry has traditionally been one of the first market segments to adapt new security technologies, as security has always been a top priority," adds Cynthia Freschi, President of North American Video." We are seeing an influx of casinos looking to upgrade their systems - especially relative to DVRs."

Freschi continues," We are honored to have been selected by the Northern Quest, Soaring Eagle & Aruba Marriot Casinos to enhance their video surveillance and security system capabilities with the latest advancements in digital video."

A New Video Alarm Verification Service
ADT's new Interactive Video Services for commercial customers can help increase on-site security and employee safety while decreasing false police dispatches. The company's Video Alarm Verification Service utilizes a customer's digital video recorder and cameras, coupled with broadband transmission, to send live video associated with an incoming burglar alarm to ADT's customer monitoring center. There, operators can remotely monitor facilities for alarm verification and notify law enforcement, if necessary, helping decrease the potential for false alarms.

"Video verification," says ADT president Mike Snyder, "can provide our monitoring center with a more accurate picture of what is taking place at a customer's location when an alarm signal is received. The result can increase police response priority in the event of an actual break in."

The Video Alarm Verification service can include e-mailed reports of alarm events and event notification, as well as two-way voice capability for customers with audio equipment installed at their sites. With two-way voice, ADT's monitoring professionals can listen for further investigation or make pre-scripted announcements if a suspicious person is viewed at a location. The service can also be integrated with a customer's hold-up alarm signal, helping provide additional information that can be relayed to law enforcement.

In addition to video alarm verification, ADT's Interactive Video Services include Video Escort and Suspicious Assistance services, which can provide employees with an added layer of security through virtual escorts of employees as they arrive at and leave the building. It also provides audio and video assistance to employees during uncomfortable situations.

"Interactive Video Services provide customers nationwide with an indispensable tool to help increase the level of security at their sites," Snyder comments.

"Employees, especially those working late at night or by themselves, may feel safer knowing they are not alone in an emergency," he adds.

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