Video Supplement: IP Surveillance 'Forges' ahead for Pa. Casino

Video technology — including standards-compliant equipment — helps the monitoring effort at Valley Forge Resort


System Demonstrates Value

Beginning with the incident involving roulette cheaters on opening day, the IP surveillance system has proven its value at Valley Forge Casino Resort. The system was also useful to investigate a case of employee theft, and evidence was retrieved from the 30-day pool of archived video to highlight activity over an extended period of time. The Pelco interface for “storyboarding” enables clips of video from various cameras to be connected together to tell a story — a function that helped in the prosecution of the thieving employee.

Valley Forge has a Category 3 license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The license means the casino is intended to support existing resort property, and there are. Although the size of the casino is currently “locked in,” pending state legislation could possibly change the rules on limits to the number of table games and slots allowed. Theoretically, the lower level of the convention center facility, still currently used for meeting space, could also be converted to casino space. Silva said he would use NAV for any future expansion. “I would go nowhere else,” he says.