Comanche Nation Casinos Select GE's ClearCast Video System

The Comanche Nation will be installing GE's ClearCast real-time enterprise class digital video and audio recording system at its four Oklahoma casino operations - the Comanche Nation Games and Comanche Red River, Star, and Spur Casinos. The Comanche Nation hired Dowley Inc. of Oklahoma City to install the system. Dowley has implemented similar systems for Cherokee and Chickasaw casinos in Oklahoma.

"To record images, the Comanche gaming facilities were still using analog VCRs, which are cumbersome, take too much space and are prone to failure," said Ron Free, vice president of engineering for Dowley. "By the time they contacted us, they had already seen how the GE ClearCast-based systems at the other casinos were helping these facilities meet the recording standards of the National Indian Gaming Commission with a more dependable, flexible digital system."

Created for casinos and other groups needing to record in real time, ClearCast's advanced compression techniques will let the Comanche casinos digitally record, view live or playback video via networked PCs, using a Web browser.

Contrary to older, traditional compression technologies, the ClearCast system provides full-frame recording without the use of simulation or scene-filling methods at one-fifth to one-third the storage space of MPEG-2/4.

The new system exceeds Gaming Commission recording standards with real-time data rates between 0.5 to 1.5 Mbps per camera. User selectable parameters for quality, image size and color content provide optimal user control for integrating new and existing cameras. The availability of audio recording in their count rooms and POS (point-of-sale) locations was also important to Comanche Nation gaming management.

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