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Reduce Casino Risk with Updated Surveillance

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In the face of the recent recession, Indian-owned casinos held their ground better than commercial gaming houses, leaving them more monies to build new properties including cutting-edge surveillance, reported Deborah L. O'Mara, the editor of Security Dealer & Integrator magazine, for

It is the “fudiciary responsibility” of Indian casinos to implement security measures to mitigate risks, explained Frank Santamorena, principal at Ducibella Venter & Santore and the security expert and advisor on the Discovery Channel series "It Takes a Thief.”

In Market Insights for, Santamorena recommended casinos conduct a threat and risk assessment to determine its necessary physical security, alarm systems, video management, safety integration and more. Both external and internal theft is highly likely, he stated. While casinos need to keep a “vigilant eye” on patrons and employees, they must also adhere to gaming commission regulations, which may not be updated to accommodate new technologies that use Internet protocol (IP) and analytics.

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O’Mara highlighted the Choctaw Nation as an example of a tribe with top-notch security. The nation updated the analog surveillance technology for its southeastern Oklahoma-based casinos in Springtown, McAlister and Grant to an open IP-based model when it expanded its gaming operations in 2006. According to an Indian Gaming case study, the Choctaw Nation had more than 1,000 cameras and 120 access readers installed, in addition to networking software and new IP cameras.

Most casinos encounter a “burdensome transition" when switching from analog to digital recording, Santamorena acknowledged, but he stressed the need to discretely screen the casino from every angle.

That said, technology is always advancing. According to Santamorena, security experts think HD and megapixel cameras are the next upgrade on the horizon.