Oklahoma Casinos Expand Use Of Axis Network Cameras

Axis Communications recently announced that the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the third largest tribe in the U.S., has expanded its use of Axis network video cameras to include more than 1,000 cameras at six casinos.

Prior to 2006, the Choctaw casinos used analog solutions, comprised of analog cameras and monitors, co-axial cabling, multiplexers, time-lapse VCR’s and video tape. The tribe decided to move to IP video because its video recordings were not of high enough quality and some video recordings were not good enough to be used as evidence for the prosecution of certain events. In addition, they could not determine insurance coverage for slips and falls and other safety concerns.

A committee determined the new surveillance system should be an open platform design that would be secure, scalable and able to expand without major expense. Another requirement was that the selected cameras meet Tribal Internal Control Standards that included recording at least 20 fps in money areas. Later the committee elected to implement an even higher rate of 30 fps. Based upon its requirements and an in-depth evaluation, the Choctaw Nation selected Axis PTZ and fixed network cameras as well as Genetec’s fully integrated IP video management and access control solutions, Omnicast and Synergis.

“We are focused on protecting our assets and ensuring the safety of our staff and customers,” said Paula Penz, gaming commissioner for Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “And we found that Axis network cameras best met our needs.” Axis network cameras now monitor cash intensive areas and outside the buildings.

“Axis network cameras met our needs for running 30 frames in MJPEG and MPEG4 and are easy to maintain,” said Jason Pritchard, integrations manager with Onsite Solutions for Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “That made our selection straightforward.”

The future will bring an expansion of Axis capabilities since the Choctaw Nation is planning to build four new casinos by next year, including McAlester, Grant, Stringtown and a new expansion at Durant. That may result in the eventual installation of 3,000 network cameras or more at all of its properties.

“We have enjoyed a strong relationship with the Choctaw Nation and look forward to assisting it maintain secure operations as it continues to expand,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications Inc.

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