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ConnectionsIT delivers state-of-the-art video surveillance to casinos

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – State-of-the-art information technology is the backbone of ConnectionsIT. Delivering the best in surveillance solutions to Indian country casinos has made them one of the most respected gaming security system integrators in California, Nevada and Oklahoma.

ConnectionsIT began as a small business in 2000 between business partners Brody Carlson and John Comfort. Since then they have expanded with offices in Santa Rosa, Las Vegas and Tulsa.

“The surveillance market is changing, always evolving,” said Carlson, president of the company. “It is going more and more towards a computer IP based system using high definition cameras.”

Casino security systems provide live video at gaming stations, table games, money exchanging areas and public dining and lounge areas. ConnectionsIT works to find a custom fit for casino customers that allows for easy expansion and future growth while using the industry’s best products.

Carlson and his team recently completed one of the world’s largest IP camera installations at the newly opened $195 million River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, which is owned and operated by the Muscogee Creek Nation. The casino uses a virtual matrix system, no hardware matrix, and has about 1,400 IP and high definition cameras.

“The market trend we are seeing is a lot of really progressive casinos moving to high definition digital network based systems. We are a leader in this new technology offering the best in overall design, installation and customer service while working with top tier security product manufactures such as Axis Communications, Genetec, IQinVision, and Pivot3.”

ConnectionsIT has created relationships with about 20 American Indian-owned casinos in the past six years including the Comanche, Muscogee Creek, Choctaw, Paiute and several Pomo Bands.

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Carlson said the company emphasizes long-term relationships and schedules at least one business strategy meeting per year. This allows a smooth transition to the new technology, or upgrade of existing systems, and allows them to implement the right technology for current business needs and to meet long-term plans.

“We have found that other system integrators have left a lot of their clients high and dry after completing an installation by not following through afterwards. These network systems send a tremendous amount of data, much more than an average computer system. If you don’t have the expertise to route it, switch it or do troubleshooting when there is an issue, you could be left standing there.”

Carlson is hoping to be awarded a school district project. The Napa Unified School District in northern California will be installing a high definition camera and access control system. The company also has their sights set on breaking into the transportation market by servicing airports and railway systems.

“Our first project in transportation was to install the initial deployment for Union Pacific railway headquarters. Union Pacific’s IT staff would then deploy the rest at all the nationwide terminals.”

ConnectionsIT also recently helped four independently owned Pomo Tribe casinos integrate video surveillance and security programs; the Twin Pine Casino, Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino, Konocti Vista Casino Resort, Marina and RV Park and the Sho-Ka-Wah Casino, in Lake and Mendocino County, Calif.

“Video surveillance solutions represent a substantial operational investment. It is important that the smaller casinos have access to the same state-of-the-art security technology as the larger gaming establishments. We have built our reputation on making that happen.”

For more information about ConnectionsIT, visit the company Web site or call (877) 299-9991.