The US gaming industry's gross revenue in 2009 was close to $100 billion dollars. Close to 40 million people visit Las Vegas every year. In order to remain one step ahead of casino fraudsters and cheats, casino owners have spent millions of dollars on surveillance equipment to protect the casino's assets.
The Aria’s state-of-the-art surveillance operation combines the Oncam Grandeye 360-degree cameras with more traditional megapixel cameras. The two surveillance technologies work together to provide a video history of a given subject, using high-definition cameras at “choke points” such as entryways and the pathway from the parking garage to keep a digital video log of faces entering the property.
While the MGM ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas was still being constructed in 2009, Ted Whiting was given the opportunity to design its surveillance system. Whiting has been involved in casino gaming since 1989, working his way up from dealer to cage cashier to poker room brush. He worked in surveillance at the Mirage Casino and Resort, and was promoted to director there in 2001. In 2006, he was hired to create the surveillance system at the multibillion-dollar CityCenter resort.
The Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas has deployed more than 50 360-degree Oncam Grandeye cameras, which are deployed throughout the facility. Ted Whiting, Director of Surveillance explains: "a 360-degree camera exists for one reason - it's a chase camera - but chasing someone in the past."
Award-winning 360 degree surveillance with track and trace for a measured casino security response
Casinos have unique security challenges and must follow stringent regulations designed to maintain the integrity of gaming operations. Large busy casinos must maintain continuous surveillance of multiple tables, machines, sports pools, cages, vaults, count rooms, records and even the security room itself. Casino operators have tried to solve the problem of being everywhere at once by installing more and more cameras, which means large banks of monitors, large storage space for recorded video, and a team of security professionals to monitor systems.
With our award-winning, patented, 360-degree IP camera technology, we're able to be in more places with fewer cameras, sometimes replacing as many as a dozen traditional cameras. Integrated views through our customisable layouts can reduce the number of monitors and security personnel required. We understand the behaviour of a casino adversary and how that behaviour differs from the behaviour of a legitimate guest. The end result is that only the threatening behaviour is challenged leaving others free to simply enjoy their visits. For example, card counters exhibit specific behaviour patterns that we look for. Once alerted to those patterns the cameras probe further to track, interrogate and verify. At that point the casino has enough information to challenge a card counter.
Solutions designed by Oncam Grandeye using integrated appropriate technologies reduce security costs, minimise disruption of operations due to false alarms, and maintain the integrity of gaming operations.