Network cameras provide surveillance at UK poker venue

Dusk Till Dawn poker room features high-end amenities, high-tech surveillance

Axis network cameras have been installed by Axis partner White UK at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, which is ranked as one of Europe's largest poker rooms.

The installation at Dusk Till Dawn saw White UK installing a total of 26 Axis network cameras as part of a complete AV system including 25 large plasma screens, eight individual audio zones and accompanying AV distribution equipment along with a structured Cat5e shielded cabling network. AXIS 216FD fixed dome network cameras were installed by White UK for surveillance across the gaming bar and VIP areas to deliver total internal coverage. A single AXIS 212PTZ was deployed to protect the secure cash room due to its wide overview and instant PTZ functionality. AXIS 232D day/night dome and AXIS 223M day/night megapixel network cameras cover the main entrance and club car park. Dusk Till Dawn is the UK's first legal poker-only club and can accommodate up to 405 poker players across 45 gaming tables. The club was founded by businessmen Rob Yong and Nick Whiten, who bought a large, disused restaurant site in Lenton on the southwest outskirts of Nottingham. The site was completely re-fitted to include high quality gaming facilities, a bar area to accommodate 250 guests and an exclusive VIP area for a further 150 guests. After securing a gaming licence from the Gaming Commission, the club opened in November 2007.

The club's founders wanted to create a high-quality environment for players and guests to enjoy, and they also needed to ensure everyone felt safe and secure whilst at the club. Rob Yong approached Axis partner White UK to take on the complete audio/visual (AV) and security surveillance installation. Rob had previously contracted White UK for a surveillance installation at his home, where the installer introduced him to Axis network cameras.

White UK was founded nine years ago and employs eight staff based at its offices in Heanor, Derbyshire. Its main line of business is installing network cabling, but Matthew Camp, managing director at White UK, added surveillance camera solutions to the portfolio three years ago. White UK was introduced to Axis network cameras by its distributor partner ADI-Gardiner, who suggested that the company send its employees on an Axis Communications' Academy training course. Since then, a growing proportion of White UK's camera business has come from installing IP-Surveillance systems.

Surveillance at the club has to meet the approval of the industry's licensing body, the Gaming Commission, which insisted on total surveillance coverage inside the club. The club's approach to security is focused around the same issues that affect any entertainment venue: door control, theft prevention and managing any incidents that occur inside or around the club.

Managers at the club have praised the excellent image quality from the Axis network cameras. Considerable cost savings were made with regards to camera installation with the majority of the cameras using Power over Ethernet (PoE) supplied from HP ProCurve switches. This eliminated the need for individual power sockets for each camera. Milestone XP Enterprise video management software is used, with all images saved to the club's server for 30 days at a frame rate of 8 fps.

Phil Doyle, managing director, Axis Communications (UK) Limited, commented:

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