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Choctaw Indian Nation Enhances Casino Security

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Security

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Published on August 19, 2009 with No Comments

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

Prior to 2006, the Choctaw casinos used analog solutions, comprised of analog cameras and monitors, co-axial cabling, multiplexers, time-lapse VCRs, 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.

The Choctaw Nation's Pocola, OK casino

The Choctaw Nation's Pocola, OK casino

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 frames per second in money areas. Later the committee elected to implement a higher rate of 30 frames per second. Based upon its requirements and an in-depth evaluation, the Choctaw Nation selected Axis pan/tilt/zoom (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, 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.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at schwartz@groupc.com.

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