One of the great challenges for casinos is providing surveillance for large indoor areas, such as gaming floors, successfully yet efficiently in terms of costs and personnel. Operators and staffing budgets are most often overstretched, and infrastructure and IT administration costs must be considered. But typically, the results fall short of expectations regarding image quality, overview and achievement of objectives. The Panomera® W8 camera from German video technology manufacturer Dallmeier addresses these issues.
How can I find a person of interest in three minutes instead of 20?
The Panomera® W8 camera combines images from eight sensors and offers a high-resolution distortion-free 360° overview image of a very large area on just one screen. Another unique feature is that any number of operators can zoom into a scene at the same time, but the overview image is always retained both live and in the recording.
In this way, the camera guarantees that no valuable information or evidence is lost. The cameras even display the area directly below the camera in high resolution, eliminating the disadvantage of a “blind spot” seen with many other 360° cameras.
“Thanks to the Dallmeier Panomera® W8 camera, we need considerably fewer camera systems on the gaming floor,” says Hendrik Strauss, Resort Security/Surveillance Manager for Sun City Casino in South Africa.
“Each camera offers a unique, dewarped 360° overview. In the overview, an unlimited number of detailed views can be opened with a mouse click. This helps us massively improve our response times, and track incidents and persons of interest more efficiently and reliably.”
This stands in stark contrast to PTZ camera-only based solutions omnipresent in casino environments: First, PTZ cameras reduce the observed (and the recorded) events to the section selected by the operator. Second, large spatial contexts become increasingly unclear the higher the zoom factor, and everything outside the “PTZ zoom” escapes the recording and is thus not available for exploitation in court.
Less hassle for the IT manager as well
Apart from the improved objective security, there is another decisive reason for the IT decision-maker to consider Dallmeier Panomera® W8 systems: Significantly fewer cameras – even at a higher price per camera – mean significantly less complexity and less infrastructure: fewer ports, fewer cables, less installation effort, less maintenance, less vulnerability to malfunctions and attempted attacks. In short: more efficiency and effectiveness and goal achievement for the IT department as well as for the surveillance manager.
On the Dallmeier homepage, you can find more information, such as a camera comparison video and whitepapers on “next-generation” casino surveillance.