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Special casino cameras with the Dallmeier CasinoCam

The open system architecture of the Dallmeier solution allowed the casino to integrate most of the existing cameras into the new system. Wherever additional cameras were necessary, the casino decided to go with the Dallmeier PTZ dome cameras as well as the CasinoCam DF3000A, a high-resolution UWDR colour box camera with Cam_inPIX® technology. Owing to a specifically developed software with proprietary Casino Presets (“Wheel”, “Gambling”, Poker Table” and “Slot Machine”) the camera is ideally suited for casino applications. Even under difficult lighting conditions it delivers clear, detailed and true- colour images without any blooming or smearing effects.

Recording with highest availability

Images are recorded on the Dallmeier DIS-2/M

UTP, a one-channel audio and video encoder in modular design, and with recording capability and UTP video input. Besides the high availability of the recording (99.99994% - even better than the famous “Five Nines”) the system also offers the possibility for Dual Streaming. Thereby, a different quality can be selected for the transmission of live images than is used for the recording. The standards set by the ESBK regulators regarding the enhancement of the image quality could also be convincingly met. Whereas recordings were previously only made in CIF, the images are now recorded in D1 resolution. As is requested by Swiss law the recordings are stored for 28 days.

User-friendly management

Two workstations were set up for the control of the

system, each equipped with a Video Management Centre VMC-1 “Eagle”. The modular VMC-1 comprises a monitor, keyboard, joystick and Jog Shuttle and is suited for both left- and right-handed operators. The interactive 6” TFT monitor with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels allows for the display of live images as well as recorded image material. The Jog Shuttle is ideally suited for quickly finding certain individual pictures within a video sequence, while the joystick can be used to conveniently control PTZ cameras. Moreover, the joystick can also be used a mouse and thus enables an easy menu control.

Installation with no downtime

The migration to a new CCTV system is not always

easy. After all, the entire system exchange has to be carried out without interrupting the daily casino business. In order to also fulfil legal requirements the old and the new system were operated simultaneously for 28 days. Subsequently, the casino switched to the new system completely and the old system was dismantled. During all that, the casino did not have to close its doors for even a minute.

The installation was carried out by Divinet GmbH, the Dallmeier Branch Office in Switzerland. Apart from the Dallmeier Project Team the Casino Bad Ragaz thus also has a direct contact in Switzerland who regularly checks if everything is in order following the installation of the system.

Beat Scheuber is satisfied: “We feel that Dallmeier and Divinet are conscientiously looking after us. After the installation of the system we are not left alone but always have a competent contact at our disposal.”

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