Las Vegas offers the winter weary a host of needed distractions-sunlight, warm weather, a chance to discard overcoats and boots for shorts and sandals, and much, much more.
It also offers business opportunities for some, such as the security and surveillance practitioners that gather for the annual World Game Protection Conference (WGPC), which is taking this place this year at M Resort from February 25-27. For more information on the event, visit www.worldgameprotection.com.
In addition to a full slate of speakers and sessions, WGPC offers an expo and an opportunity for some of the security and surveillance industry’s largest companies to display their latest and most technologically-advanced wares to a casino crowd. Here are some of the latest product releases from these companies that likely will be showcased at the event:
FORGING AHEADAn IP video system by North American Video (NAV) provides value both on the gaming floor and throughout a property, as evidenced by a recent installation at Valley Forge Casino Resort, located near Philadelphia, Pa. The IP video system uses a redundant HP network with PoE and equipment provided by Pelco, including the Linux-based Endura recording system, Sarix fixed cameras and Spectra IV pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras; a total of 500 cameras. The system is integrated with a Software House access control system and the E>Connect point-of-sale (POS) system. The casino surveillance department's 20 operators watch table games, cage transactions, ingress and egress of patrons, food and beverage locations, point-of-sale transactions, and movement of employees in the back of the house. Outside the building, exterior cameras mounted at various levels on nearby rooftops keep watch on the parking lot area to ensure guest safety.
BACKUP PLANPStreamConvert is an easy to use application that enables the convenient and fast conversion of any backup made by Dallmeier recording systems into a generally supported standard video format. PStreamConvert supports the conversion of backups from all Dallmeier recording systems (DMS, DLS, VNB, DMX as of generation four as well as DIS-2/M) and SMAVIA Appliances. Converted videos are output in an AVI container format with MPEG-4 coding, which is supported by most player software. Within the container, the quality of the converted videos (frame rate, bit rate, resolution) can be customized to meet individual.
HYBRID TECHNOLOGYAmerican Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has introduced its VideoEdge Hybrid recorder and Desktop NVR, using the victor unified client. VideoEdge Hybrid is a powerful, high-performance NVMS that records and manages video from both analog and IP cameras, protecting video investments. The new Hybrid expands on the VideoEdge portfolio, offering a full suite of NVR solutions for all size businesses. The Desktop NVR offers 200Mbps throughput (100Mbps to storage and 100Mbps playback to clients), one of the highest in the industry.
CONTROLLING SITUATIONBosch Security Systems now offers B Series intrusion control panels. The panels are modern Internet appliances for security applications designed to simplify installation and increase profits for dealers and integrators. A flexible family of control panels, the B Series includes two models that meet the needs of a wide variety of facility configurations. The B5512 supports 48 points of protection and four areas, while the B4512 monitors 28 points of protection and two areas. The series is ideal for retail stores, banks, office buildings, government locations, schools, and many other commercial and residential applications.
RESOLUTE PERFORMANCEThe Spectra high-definition (HD) 1080 dome positioning system from Pelco by Schneider Electric, features a higher image resolution without sacrificing low-light or programmable performance. The Spectra line has been a cornerstone of security applications for nearly 20 years, delivering reliability, drive/control technology and image quality. Designed for security professionals who demand the very best in image quality, Pelco’s Spectra HD 1080, built on the Sarix technology platform, is an all-digital system that delivers 2.0 megapixel resolution, high-profile H.264 compression and built-in analytics.
BULLET POINTSThe HD Bullet series cameras from Avigilon capture incredible detail in complete darkness with built-in adaptive infrared (IR) illumination. Available in outdoor 1-MP, 2-MP, 3-MP, and 5-MP resolutions, Avigilon’s HD Bullet cameras can see facial detail two times farther than average bullet cameras. 1-MP, 2-MP and 3-MP HD Bullet cameras are also equipped with powerful in-sensor, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) capabilities, which exposes each pixel multiple times for better image quality.
IMPROVED LINEUPArecont Vision, a leader in IP megapixel camera technology, has added both a 10-megapixel camera and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) models to its MegaDome 2 camera series. The addition of a 10-megapixel camera to the current MegaDome 2 lineup of 1.3, 1080p, three- and five-migapixel cameras will expand the series to meet growing customer demands for high-resolution megapixel camera solutions. Arecont Vision has also added two Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) cameras to the MegaDome 2 series at resolutions of 1080p and 3 megapixels.