With the UVMS, Harrah's has chosen a system that is very secure and robust. The strength of the UVMS architecture lies in the fact that there is no single-point-of-failure. Unlike other systems, it doesn't rely on a central database server to provide an index of image files. In the UVMS, this information is distributed throughout the system, ensuring the continuity of the image file index in case of hardware failure.
This is the latest in a series of major casino projects for PI Vision in the United States. Recently, PI Vision completed the installation of a 1024-camera recording system at the Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Minnesota. With over 100 terabytes of recording capacity, the system is one of the largest Network Video Recording systems in the world.
The UVMS system converts analogue video signals to digital video through MPEG and JPEG capture hardware. The recording resolution is 4CIF on all channels and the chosen recording rate ranges from 3fps to 30fps (NTSC) as required. In addition to recording video, the casino has chosen to take advantage of the lip-sync audio recording capabilities of the UVMS in certain areas. The recording media is RAID level 5 for maximum safety and redundancy.
Engineering support for the installation was provided by PI Vision engineers from the company's UK and USA offices. This included installation support, configuration and commissioning of the system. While the engineers were on site, they also created customised camera navigation maps for the casino and hotel complex. PI Vision provided engineering and user training as part of the installation. Support for PI Vision products is available from its offices in Orlando, Florida and London, England.