Security and surveillance remain top of mind at many gaming properties tasked with protecting both the enterprise and its customers from a growing array of sophisticated cheats and criminals. The first line of defense for many of these resorts is technology, in the form of multi-layered surveillance systems that include cameras, recorders, intruder detection systems, analytics packages, communications and numerous other devices and services. These products and systems are constantly being upgraded, andCasino Journal has allowed some of the leading security companies to describe these improvements in their own words. Below are some excerpts from these descriptions:


American Dynamics’ technologies are part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company. American Dynamics continuously advances video technology via its IP solutions, while leaving no customer behind—ensuring backwards compatibility at every step. The American Dynamics portfolio features everything required for a complete, state-of-the-art video surveillance system including a powerful enterprise analytics platform.

The company’s latest new product introduction is the VideoEdge Network Video Recorder (NVR), which adds a new level of ease and efficiency for surveillance operators. With features such as Auto Discovery, users can locate cameras on the network and assign IP addresses to any VideoEdge NVR with the click of a button, reducing time significantly.

Its powerful Heat Mapping tool lets retailers see where customers are lingering or tracking foot traffic patterns. This is important information that retailers see where the hot items are, or where they may need additional promotional displays. This feature is also very useful in other markets such as sports and entertainment, healthcare, and other venues for tracking foot traffic patterns or to ensure visitors receive adequate assistance.


Offering an unrivalled choice and an integrated approach, Bosch Security Systems offers a complete range of specialized state-of-the-art products and systems for standard or customized applications and projects.

One of the company’s latest improvements is adding ONVIF conformance, multi-site management and mobile access to its Bosch Video Management System 4.0.

With Bosch VMS 4.0, operators know instantly what is happening in the entire organization. It features an enterprise-level distributed multi-site IP architecture, enhanced client and user mobility, more integration possibilities via a new cameo SDK, as well as ONVIF Profile S support. It also adds new features and capabilities that optimize security while minimizing installation and operating costs.

Bosch VMS 4.0 is designed for configuration options ranging from a single standalone system to a multi-site large-scale application. It is capable of managing more than 10,000 cameras and up to 100 operator client connections.

Combined with Bosch IP devices, inherited feature sets include dual streaming, edge-based IVA and forensic search without an extra server, edge transcoding, region of interest streaming, dynamic adaptive bandwidth and recording bookmarks. Bosch mobile client and transcoding technology allows the sending of critical information at the right place and time regardless of IP network constraints.

Multiple methods of storage and playback are possible with direct attached iSCSI storage or Secure Digital or Compact Flash cards in Bosch encoders and IP cameras—as well as with Bosch Video Recording Manager iSCSI storage devices and appliances, Bosch Recording Station (BRS) and DiBos Digital Video Recorders. This effortless integration protects the existing investment and provides a single platform for viewing video from multiple sources in a system.


Germany-based Dallmeier has at its disposal more than 30 years of experience in transmission, recording as well as picture processing technology and is a pioneer of CCTV/IP solutions worldwide. This knowledge is used in the development of intelligent software and high-quality recorder and camera technologies enabling Dallmeier to not only offer standalone systems, but complete network solutions up to large-scale projects with perfectly integrated components.

Dallmeier recently introduced the 5000 series, a new line of cameras for the market that features resolutions up to 4K and a special “Nightline” range for optimal image reproduction even in poor light conditions.

Whether in the form of a redesigned box camera or a vandal-resistant dome camera, the new 5000 series cameras are remarkable for their high resolution, frame rate and light sensitivity.

The latest generation of encoders provides for real-time ultra-HD video (2160p/30) in the DF5400HD range. These cameras deliver pinpoint sharp 4K pictures in real time and support resolutions of up to 8 megapixels.

The DF5200HD “Nightline” range is ideal for taking pictures at night or in very poor light conditions: These cameras have been developed with particularly close attention paid to changing light conditions over a 24-hour period of video surveillance. The combination of the advanced sensor and encoder technologies lends pictures exceptional contrast, brilliant clarity and outstanding resolution with color fidelity, even in poor light. The sensor’s extreme sensitivity to light and the sophisticated image processing technology enable detailed colour pictures to be taken even in darkness. In Night mode, the cameras still deliver unsurpassed results due to their excellent infrared sensitivity.


Panasonic Corporation of North America, a leading provider of integrated security and surveillance solutions, introduced the new Full-HD 1080p outdoor vandal resistant and waterproof Fixed Dome Network Camera (WV-SFV631LT). As the latest addition to its 6 Series i-PRO camera line, the new Fixed Dome Network Camera is IP66 rated water and dust resistant and features a built-in long-focus variable-focal lens providing advanced functionality.

The WV-SFV631LT with its variable focal length of 9mm to 22mm is ideal for applications where the camera needs to produce an exceptional image but be located some distance from the subject, such as on a high ceiling in a large lobby.

Leveraging Panasonic’s advanced, next-generation UniPhier LSI processors, the new 6 Series camera delivers high definition video images in 1080p resolution and an up to 133dB of dynamic range thanks to its Enhanced Super Dynamic and Adaptive Black Stretch (ABS) technologies, making it ideal for challenging lighting conditions. The 6 Series camera produces high definition resolution at 60 frames per second, enabling the capture of exceptionally clear images of moving objects, and features the ability to encode up to four simultaneous H.264 streams while maintaining use of bandwidth via the UniPhier’s very efficient Shadow Compression Engine.

The SFV631LT, and Panasonic’s entire 6 Series camera line, offers outstanding video images in low-light at less than 0.01lx illumination and its 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) and Multi-process Noise Reduction (MNR) ensures both bright and dark areas are reproduced to deliver best-in-class performance with minimum video noise and accurate color reproduction. The new 6 Series models also feature dual SDXC memory card slots offering high-capacity H.264/JPEG edge-recording with flexible record modes including alarm-recording and backup-recording in the event of network failure.


Synectics is a leader in the design, integration, control and management of advanced surveillance technology, and networked security systems. The company achieved this by focusing on large integrated security systems and solutions that deliver added value to its customers through the ability to innovate, integrate and protect people, property and assets in key customer sectors including gaming.

Synectics recently announced that more than 75 gaming properties in North America and Canada now benefit from its integrated surveillance solutions, with two new Ohio Penn National Gaming casinos the latest additions to the firm’s extensive portfolio.

Between them, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley and Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway will offer almost 2,000 video lottery terminals (VLTs), bars, dining, concession stands and entertainment, spread over state-of-the-art facilities spanning 133,000 square feet.

Penn National Gaming, one of Synectics’ long-standing corporate customers, is capitalizing on advances in IP-based solutions for protecting its newest Hollywood premiers. At both locations, footage from almost 1,000 high-definition IP cameras, together with third-party transactional and alarm data, will be integrated within Synectics’ Synergy command and control platform to create a unified security and situational awareness solution.

Synectics has completed 11 major upgrades or installs in North America so far in 2014, with 11 more scheduled for completion this year. Globally, the surveillance solutions business now supports over 100 gaming properties thanks to its unique non-proprietary hardware and software and proven track record in the casino marketplace.


Samsung Techwin America has released a new retail analytic solution with a Heat Map feature that analyzes movement in a scene to provide a graphical representation of the areas where the most activity occurred. The SSM-VA10 is currently supported by Samsung’s SRN-4000 64-Channel Network Video Recorder and will soon be released as an analytics add-on for the Samsung Security Manager (SSM) Network Total Management software, which is available license-free for systems with 16 or fewer cameras, for analysis and reporting.

Using motion detection, SSM-VA10’s Heat Map analyzes movements in and through areas of a store, and displays this information on screen by overlaying eight colors according to the level of density and activity in those areas. Additionally, managers can view customers’ staying time by clicking on each grid to determine which displays or products are most popular. This information can be used to determine whether particular items should be displayed in high-traffic areas, as well as which items are not selling as well as expected.

Among the advanced functions of the Heat Map analytic are object classification and motion search. The SRN-4000 combines these features with the ability to select start and end times, which allows users to determine how well a particular display in a store performed at one time of day compared to another.

Users can also perform a smart search for movement, including vehicles or an individual entering an area under surveillance, within a specified area of the video. Because the SRN-4000 processes video as it is recorded, including additional metadata about where motion occurred, the analytic does not need to analyze video frame by frame, allowing heat mapping to be performed in seconds.