System design and installation company, Techpro will instal 480 Panasonic cameras as part of its multi-million rand contract to design, install and integrate all of Carnival City's money handling devices and on-line systems.
Detailed design work on the Carnival City contract started in April 1999, while commissioning was expected at the end of July, 1999. At present, the cabling has been completed, the control room has been installed, and all equipment is being pre-assembled and tested before being moved to site. "In addition to integrating the casino's coin counters, on-line systems, computers, and audio-visual equipment, Techpro has custom-designed software to run these systems, according to the casino's requirements," says Techpro Managing Director Mike Caffery.
Out of the 680 cameras that will be installed on the casino floor, 326 are Panasonic high resolution cameras and 154 are high resolution digital cameras. "We have to know exactly where the slot machines and tables will be placed before we can install the cameras," explains Caffery. This, he says, is often a challenging task, and the company has to come up with innovative ideas on where to position cameras. "For instance, Carnival City has a 15 m high ceiling, so we decided to place the cameras in decorative gold domes hanging from the ceiling. This will be both discreet and aesthetically appealing," says Caffery.
Panasonic Systems Managing Director Martin Maddox explains that the Panasonic WV-CP230 series of digital signal processing cameras deliver outstanding high quality images, are versatile and have systems integration capabilities. The cameras incorporate a 1/3" interline transfer CCD (436 000 pixels) with outstanding horizontal resolution (480 lines) and boast a signal-to-noise ratio of 50 dB. They are also able to accommodate three synchronisation modes for system integration and roll-free switching. To further extend the camera's versatility, the series incorporates intelligent backlight compensation, aperture correction and an advanced auto tracing white balance, all tailored to deliver crisp, sharp images, even under poor lighting conditions.
"This product sets Panasonic apart from the rest of the industry. The benefit to the customer or the installer is that this high quality product is priced as a general purpose product within the industry," points out Maddox.
Casinos for which Techpro has designed and installed closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance systems include Tsogo Sun's Emnotweni casino in Nelspruit and Champions casino in Witbank; Global Resort's Caesars Gauteng casino in Kempton Park and Graceland casino in Secunda; London Clubs International Emerald casino in the Vaal; Afrisun's Carnival City temporary casino in Brakpan; Sun International's casino in Francistown and Selebe Phikwe in Botswana; as well as Sun International's Sun City; and Carousel casino.
For details contact Mags Anthony of Panasonic Systems on tel: (011) 313 1672, fax: (011) 313 1625 or e-mail: [email protected]
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