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Wind Creek Casino Bets on Genetec, Sony for Security

Genetec's IP-based unified solutions were chosen to manage over 85 doors and 650 cameras at the new gaming facility.

The Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Atmore, Ala., has installed a security system using both Genetec’s Omnicast video surveillance management system and Synergis access control, along with Sony cameras.

Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, was recently rebuilt as and entertainment and resort complex, and Genetec’s IP-based unified solutions were chosen to manage over 85 doors and 650 cameras at the new gaming facility.

The original casino that had been torn down for the rebuild project used an outdated, coaxial-based analog security system, from which no components were spared for the new construction. Instead, a fully IP-based system was chosen to take advantage recent innovations and lower the total cost ownership by reducing the amount of wiring required for access control readers and video cameras.

To achieve these objectives, Wind Creek Casino and Hotel reached out to Security 101, an Alabama-based integrator and certified Genetec reseller.

Both Sony and HID, long-standing Genetec technology partners, were also chosen for the installation. Wind Creek selected Sony PoE Series fixed and PTZ dome cameras and HID Edge E400 Plus readers as they integrated seamlessly with Genetec products.

“By running Cat5 cables to IP Edge controllers throughout the new facility, we were able to save significant installation cost by limiting wiring requirements typically seen with traditional access control,” said Ed Hendrickson, Executive Director of Information Technology for PCI Gaming, the casino operators owned by the Poarch Band. “This was critical to our decision. Omnicast and Synergis’ IP-based open architecture really gave us the possibility to design a system that met our needs.”

After considering other IP-based systems, and utilizing the combined design and implementation services of Security101, Wind Creek Casino and Hotel opted for Omnicast and Synergis as they offered the most seamless integration between video surveillance and access control. The Genetec solutions also brought an extensive feature set for additional scalability and hardware flexibility, as well as tools for bandwidth optimization and support for the various video resolutions desirable in gaming industry.

Among the security advantages: With video pop-up on every card swipe, the integration between Omnicast and Synergis has given the security team the ability to see exactly who is entering back-of-the-house areas and other sensitive cash areas within the casino, and validate it with the credentials of the cardholder instantaneously.

Another example of casino security, in this case by the Cherokee nation, is here.


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