Clearwater Casino Resort Sets Stage for Digital Video Surveillance

Powerful virtual matrix solution from American Dynamics provides intensive surveillance in widely distributed casino


Boca Raton, Fla. —Tyco Fire & Security today announced that Clearwater Casino Resort in Washington State has chosen its American Dynamics Intellex® digital video management solution to transition from its analog system and create a powerful virtual matrix solution. Installed by Reliable Security, a full service, licensed electrical contractor, the virtual matrix solution allows Clearwater's surveillance personnel to monitor and manage a highly-diverse security system including multiple CCTV cameras and digital video management systems from a single surveillance room, creating a virtual wall of monitors.

Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort is a casino and hotel nestled along the shores of the Kitsap Peninsula in Western Washington. The retreat offers four-diamond amenities and a wide array of pleasures including a full-service spa, zero-entry pool and the excitement of video slots, blackjack, poker, craps, keno and roulette. The resort sought to improve its security system by transitioning from an analog to a digital system in order to protect the integrity of its high-scale environment. Additionally, it was recognized early on that the surveillance room and its adjoining equipment room were close to being overextended in terms of space and had limited power and electrical infrastructure.

While looking to upgrade its current analog system, Clearwater Casino Resort recognized the increasing popularity of megapixel cameras which produce clearer and sharper images. Since the casino's current analog system was incompatible with these cameras, the casino required the new system have a migration path for megapixel cameras with digital recording capabilities. With advice from Reliable Security, casino officials selected American Dynamics solutions because they were impressed with the Intellex system's advanced surveillance capabilities.

"American Dynamics' proven track record for product reliability was very attractive to us," said Bill Jackson, IT director for Clearwater Casino Resort. "With the Intellex system, we can retrieve recorded surveillance footage at a moment's notice so our surveillance officers can work more effectively. And we now have a clear path to adopt digital cameras in the future via the virtual matrix and its ability to migrate from an analog to digital system."

Reliable Security was the first contractor to install the new American Dynamics virtual matrix capability. "American Dynamics is at the cutting edge of casino virtual matrix solutions," said Bill Miller, president of Reliable Security. "The Intellex digital video management system is second to none. Unlike MPEG4 systems and their derivatives, Intellex provides frame-by-frame forward and reverse play so that security officers can closely examine recorded video for suspicious activities one frame at a time at a continuously variable speed. This level of scrutiny is critical in casino environments."

"With the American Dynamics virtual matrix system in place, Clearwater Casino is poised to take advantage of the digital technology while protecting its current security investments," said Gareth McClean, director of research and development for Tyco Fire & Security's American Dynamics product range. "It is obvious that Clearwater cares about the credibility of its casino and resort and with the investment in security the organization has made, there is no question that the casino will easily maintain its luxury resort status."

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