Hikvision Pens Article Analyzing Why New Analog HD is Good Bet for Casino Operators
In the SecurityInfoWatch.com article, “Analog in Gaming: A Good Bet,” Hikvision’s gaming business development manager, Scott Bartlett, outlines why analog HD technology can help casinos leverage existing infrastructure to upgrade video surveillance while reducing downtime.
“While 'upgrading' to analog may sound counterintuitive, new analog HD systems are high performing, affordable, and they provide exceptional images and storage capabilities uniquely suited to the requirements of casinos. They can be installed relatively easily, require minimal downtime, and have features that enable casino owners to meet complex and diverse regulatory requirements,” said Bartlett, in the article.
Uniqueness of Gaming Vertical
Casinos have a large footprint, are always open and highly regulated, often with different regulations in each state. Casino owners do not want any downtime for system upgrades. All these factors and more mean “security integrators do not dabble in casino work – they specialize in it.”
Improvements to Analog HD
Continuous operations, and a reluctance to shut down parts of a casino to pull cable, make analog HD a very appealing option for casino retrofits. Bartlett said in the article that “a casino looking to upgrade a 1,000-camera system, the cable costs alone (assuming average run per camera being 200 feet) would be approximately $50,000 and the labor to pull in new cabling would be approximately $150,000 in a non-union environment.” Analog HD offers cost savings by reducing cabling costs and re-using the existing cable infrastructure.
In addition, analog HD quality has improved significantly, so that cost savings do not dictate a sacrifice in high resolution video and imagery. Hikvision offers analog HD solutions with 5MP resolution at 30 fps (frames per second) over coaxial cable, with plans to offer 4K resolution towards the end of 2018.
Bartlett is the gaming business development manager for Hikvision USA. Previously, he spent more than 20 years running an integration business that specialized in gaming, and he has completed work in hundreds of casinos in North America and around the world.
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