Tampa Bay Downs deploys Axis CCTV solutions

Company’s encoders utilized in track's poker room to meet stringent state requirements


Surveillance solutions manufacturer Axis Communications announced this week that its products have been deployed in the gaming facilities of Florida’s Tampa Bay Downs, one of the nation’s oldest and most well known thoroughbred race tracks.

According to a statement issued by the company regarding the installation, Q7406 video encoder blades and Q7900 racks were installed for 60 of the track’s analog cameras in its Silks Poker Room, turning them into network video system. The encoders also vastly improved recording resolutions for the cameras, thus enabling the facility to exceed state gaming standards, according to Tampa Bay Downs Director of Information Technologies John Vacha.

“We installed the new system in 24 hours without impacting our existing infrastructure. The Axis video encoders more than quadrupled the prior recording resolution to a D1 resolution of 720x480, which exceeds the 4CIF state requirements,” he said. “In addition to offering a competitive price and superior functionality, Axis video encoders can be installed separate from the server used for recording video so they can be expanded at different times and rates. In addition, if a channel goes down now, we can simply replace the card in a matter of minutes since they are hot-swappable.”

Vacha added that Tampa Bay Downs is now considering installing Axis encoders throughout the entire race track.