Las Vegas City Center

North American Video Designs Systems for Las Vegas CityCenter

Located between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo Resorts on the famed Las Vegas Strip, the new CityCenter is big, even by Las Vegas standards. It features luxury hotels, residential buildings, retail and entertainment districts, a parking garage and a fire station as well as the development's centerpiece: the 61-story, 4,004-room ARIA Resort & Casino. And to help ensure the safety and security of the site, North American Video (NAV), has designed, built and implemented a state-of-the art, enterprise-wide video surveillance system.

The CityCenter project is the first deployment of a standardized surveillance platform, designed by NAV, for other MGM Resorts International properties. The custom hybrid solution at CityCenter is built around the Honeywell VMS and features multiple matrix systems spread across seven different head-end locations with monitoring in six separate monitor rooms; six different access control rooms tying together approximately 300 controlled doors; PSIM (physical security information system) integration and management control; and a fiber backbone tying all properties and systems together. More than 3,700 video surveillance cameras provide detailed images on a 24/7/365 basis.

"This project was a challenge to both NAV and the client because of the sheer scale and variety of applications across the multi-use development," said Jason Oakley, CEO, North American Video. "We were successful in delivering this project on time and on budget by working in close cooperation with the MGM Resorts team to ensure their needs were met and their technology investment protected."

The enterprise includes simultaneous record, playback and viewing of live or recorded material, internal and external redundancy, and back-up and advanced networking capabilities. Oncam IPC 5 megapixel 360°cameras are used in selected locations to provide full 360° persistent situational awareness; complete scenes can be viewed in panoramic or multi-view screen mode. The 360° cameras are additionally capable of generating intrusion alerts upon motion detection and other alarm events, and of notifying personnel via email and/or ftp, complete with images of the event.

NAV developed a local team led by five different project managers to help advance project efficiency. All racks, enclosures and integrated systems were built, tested and commissioned locally at NAV's Western Region Headquarters in Las Vegas. This process allowed NAV to do extensive testing and quality control prior to delivering the equipment and kept on-site rework to a minimum. It also helped to ensure that the build was consistent with the technical specifications and that the commissioning was executed to NAV operation standards while meeting a very tight timeline.

CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World Development Corp. (a subsidiary of Dubai World). The urban metropolis covers 18 million square feet and cost $8.5 billion to build. It includes 17,000 miles of electrical wiring and 7,000 miles of telecom, security and A/V cabling.

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