PROFILE: CityCenter hotels opt for Kaba's RFID lock systems

When you are setting the hotel industry standards for luxury and prestige, you cannot have guests complaining that their mag-stripe keycards have been demagnetized by their cell phones. For hotels with thousands of rooms, door lock reliability is particularly important.

That is why CityCenter in Las Vegas took action to make ARIA at CityCenter one of the first Las Vegas resorts to install an RFID guest room locking system with benefits that go far beyond eliminating keycard complaints. The hotels in the luxury complex are achieving levels of elegance and technological sophistication in guest service with an electronic locks system from KABA, a Montreal, Canada-based supplier of integrated security solutions for building and information access points.

“We singled out RFID technology for our new hotels because it eliminates the demagnetization problem we experienced at other properties,” said John Lowes, executive director of guest technology for MGM Resorts International. “We also recognized RFID’s virtually limitless potential to integrate with ‘smart room’ technologies. We implemented KABA Saflok Messenger lock system because KABA was able to put our hotel door locks system on a network that enables us to continually interact with rooms enhancing our guests’ experience.”

The new RFID system at CityCenter’s ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel and Spa and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is part of an advanced guestroom technology project. All of the nearly 6,000 guest rooms and suites at CityCenter incorporate hotel door locks using RFID technology, which enables guests to unlock the door by flashing their key over a lock reader. Unlike mag-stripe keys, an RFID key cannot be demagnetized by cell phones or other articles in a guest’s pocket or purse and there is no need to move the key in and out of a slot.

When a guest unlocks his or her room at a CityCenter location, the Saflok RFID system communicates with a wireless network of technologies within the room. CityCenter collaborated with Control4 Corporation to develop a level of personalized guest automation. When a guest first opens their door Saflok sends a message via a Zigbee mesh wireless network to the Control4 in-room controller, which activates a ‘welcome theme’ if it is the guest’s first time in the room. Lights come up; curtains automatically part to showcase the spectacular mountain and city views, and the TV displays controls for guests to personalize.

For more information, visit www.kaba.com.

PROFILE: Dallmeier video surveillance system finds home in UK's largest casino

Dallmeier, a Germany-based producer of CCTV/IP solutions, in partnership with Grace James Security, have installed the largest CCTV system in any UK casino. The state-of-the-art Dallmeier SeMSy III system installed at Westfield Stratford City Casino is a high-performance video management system with high reliability, achieved through an elaborate redundancy concept. It offers a comprehensive range of functions, including the display of live images, various search options within the footage, the control of PTZ cameras and an easy archiving of relevant sequences.

The cameras’ pictures are recorded on a DMX 1600 Smatrix. The Smatrix is a hybrid VideoIP appliance with integrated storage system. It is characterized by its space-saving design as well as by its low power consumption and low thermal output. It is ideally suited for applications requiring high-speed recording, expanded storage capacity and low power consumption while ensuring maximum security.

Opened in December 2011 and located at Westfield Stratford City, in the heart of east London, the Aspers Westfield Stratford City Casino represents a new model of casino in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The Casino currently has 50 gaming tables, 150 gaming machines, 100 electronic gaming terminals, a sports book as well as bars and restaurants with views over the 2012 Olympic park.

For more information, visit www.dallmeier.com.

MAXPRO VMS & VideoBloX »HONEYWELL

Honeywell, a Louisville, Ky.-based diversified technology company, has been selected to overhaul the video surveillance system at Casino Niagara, one of the top tourism attractions in Canada’s famed Niagara Falls. The project includes retrofitting the existing surveillance network with IP video technology that will allow casino officials to use a single command and control center to view and remotely manage the systems at both Casino Niagara and its nearby sister facility, Fallsview Casino.

The project calls for Honeywell to provide its MAXPRO VMS (video management system) and VideoBloX video and audio matrix to oversee the casino, which houses 1,600 slot machines, 28 gaming tables, a 12-table poker room and several other attractions. Additionally, it will upgrade the casino’s VCR recording system to an enterprise-wide digital recorder network.

“By consolidating our operation with this new technology, we will be able to better utilize our staffing resources to maximize our operational efficiencies, and provide more proactive and resourceful solutions for the organization as a whole,” said Brian McDonough, director of surveillance for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino.

In addition to MAXPRO VMS, Honeywell’s wide portfolio of entry level-to-enterprise IP offerings includes IP-based network video recorders, hybrid digital video recorders and a full line of cameras. These offerings are designed to help organizations simplify the transition from analog to IP video surveillance.

For more information, visit www.honeywell.com.

VEZ-400 camera »BOSCH SECURITY SYSTEMS

Bosch Security Systems has added the first moving camera to its Advantage Line. The VEZ-400 mini pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera offers features more typically found in larger PTZ domes. Among these are a 26x optical zoom for an increased monitoring range and easier identification of objects and people. The camera provides 360 degrees of rotation, 600 TVL (television lines) high-resolution imaging, and a wide dynamic range to capture all the important details in scenes with both bright and dark areas. Day/night functionality delivers round-the-clock performance for retail shops, schools and small-to mid-sized corporate offices, among other applications.

For more information, visit www.boschsecurity.us.

The DCS-3710 and DCS-3112 cameras »D-LINK

The DCS-3710 and DCS-3112 HD Day and Night Network Cameras are megapixel box cameras ideal for CCTV system integrators and IT professionals looking to upgrade their current surveillance solution, supporting analog out and video motion detection. Both cameras capture HD video at resolutions of up to 1280 x 720/1280 x 1024 with frame rates up to 30 fps, and allow for multiple independent video streams, including H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG video. Further, both cameras incorporate Sony Exmor CMOS sensors for enhanced low light performance, as well as a mechanical IR-cut filter for day and night functionality.

For more information, visit www.dlink.com.

ARTPEC-4 »AXIS COMMUNICATIONS

Axis Communications, a Chelmsford, Mass.-based provider of network video, has introduced the newest version of its in-camera chip: ARTPEC-4. The latest version of this system-on-chip, specifically designed for network video products, significantly enhances image quality and video analytics performance in Axis’ network cameras and video encoders. In this latest chip, Axis has added support for the H.264 Main Profile, which is a more efficient compression method. ARTPEC-4 supports simultaneous H.264 and Motion JPEG streams, which means that video streams can be optimized individually based on the needs of the customer. All in all, this leads to better HDTV video, increased flexibility and lowered costs for network infrastructure and storage.

For more information, visit www.axis.com.