Mar 1, 2005 12:00 PM

Caesars Entertainment Inc. has received approval from New Jersey regulators to install the state's first all-digital, video recording system for gaming at its Bally's Atlantic City resort. Caesars Entertainment pursued the regulatory approval after a two-year test period. Bally's will replace all analog video tape recorders with compact digital recorders from NICE Systems, Ra'anana Israel, thus enabling them to store and retrieve casino surveillance video more efficiently in a smaller monitoring space.

Due to its growth, the surveillance department at Bally's began experiencing significant problems with the size of its monitoring station. Additional cameras required additional space-consuming VCRs, and room was running out. Converting from analog to the NiceVision solution will allow Bally's to maintain monitoring operations for its entire facility from one location, thus reducing overhead, manpower and maintenance costs.

"Digitizing our gaming surveillance to match the digital surveillance we currently use in security operations will enable us to work more effectively as a department," said Caesars Entertainment vice president of corporate compliance and security James Darcy.

Bally's Atlantic City offers 24-hour casino action throughout its 226,000 square feet of gaming area. In addition to more than 5,700 slot machines, the casino has more than 200 table games. Virtually every area of the casino is under camera surveillance. Currently, the facility is using NiceVision Harmony for its non-gaming general security requirements. The addition of the NiceVision Pro high-end system will provide more functions and that faster frame-rate needed for gaming surveillance.

Installation of the NiceVision digital surveillance system was approved by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, upon the recommendation of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. This is the first time a casino in New Jersey has received approval to use a digital video recording solution for gaming surveillance. Until now, digital solutions have been restricted to non-gaming security applications only.

Says Ian Ehrenberg, NiceVision vice president and general manager: "Video intelligence tools provide more than just security and surveillance to casinos. These tools can help to deter criminal activities like card and dice cheats throughout a facility."

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment operates under the Caesars, Bally's, Flamingo, Grand Casinos, Hilton and Paris brand names. Darcy says the company will look to expand the use of digital surveillance systems at other casino resorts, pending regulatory approval in local jurisdictions.

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