SOURCE: Petards

November 12, 2007 07:00 ET

Petards Supply Surveillance Solution to The 101 Casino

End-to-End IP Solution Features 30 FPS Megapixel Recording, Secure Storage, Access Control and Innovative Camera Deployments

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - Global Gaming Expo 2007 (G2E), Booth 5722 -- Petards, Inc. (, a leading developer of advanced surveillance systems, announced today at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas that its Universal Video Management System (UVMS) is being deployed by The 101 Casino, as it completes a complete remodel of its Petaluma, Calif., facility. The 101 Casino's surveillance upgrade brings together a number of best-in-breed technologies to create a state-of-the-art surveillance system that features:

--  end-to-end Internet protocol (IP) video throughout;
--  constant 30 frame per second (FPS) megapixel recording;
--  innovative use of gaming and counter-mounted cameras;
--  secure, next generation, Pivot3 RAIGE high definition storage; and
--  integration with Lenel On Guard Access Control system.

The Casino 101 surveillance solution is the latest implementation of UVMS in an all-digital gaming environment. Petards' open architecture enables The 101 Casino to incorporate a variety of the industry's top surveillance technology solutions. The 101 Casino is using IP cameras from Axis Communications and megapixel IQeye IP cameras from IQinVision. More than half the cameras deployed are recording images at 1.3 megapixel or greater. The IQeye cameras are being used to provide HDTV+ image quality in areas that require forensic detail. Axis 209FD cameras also will be deployed in a unique manner in the cash cage, mounted on the counter, angled upwards, in order to eliminate the risk of missing face shots as a result of obstructions, such as baseball caps.

Other technology partners in The 101 Casino deployment include storage from Pivot3 and Access Control Systems from Lenel Systems International Inc. The 101 Casino is deploying Petards' UVMS with Pivot3 High-Definition Storage based on Pivot3 RAID Across Independent Gigabit Ethernet (RAIGE) technology. Offering an added level of reliability and security, RAIGE will distribute the UVMS recordings in parallel across multiple databanks connected by a Gigabit Ethernet network. Lenel produces OnGuard, the enterprise level access control system of choice for a growing number of Fortune 500 corporations.

"Looking at megapixel cameras through UVMS is very impressive," said Randy Yaple, general manager of The 101 Casino. "When you compare these digital images to traditional analog cameras, it is truly a quantum leap from days past. It's thrilling to be able to work with leading technology partners to build a surveillance solution that is so powerful and yet incredibly simple to operate."

Petards' UVMS provides The 101 Casino with the ability to record and control all aspects of gaming surveillance, as well as general premises security surveillance. The casino's security staff can monitor all activities from a central control room featuring three-screen display consoles that have been integrated with a 46-inch video virtual matrix that provides full situational awareness.

"Once again, the usability of the UVMS has made it the ideal video management system for the gaming industry," said Frank Baitman, president of Petards, Inc. "By bundling UVMS with Pivot3 High-Definition Storage, The 101 Casino now has a solution that offers extreme ease-of-use with fault tolerance, scalable performance and a shared storage resource utilized by both the surveillance and access control systems. In short, The Casino 101 will have immediate access to all surveillance recordings, with virtually no risk of image loss on hardware failure."

Netronix Integration, Inc. was responsible for systems integration throughout The 101 Casino. "Petards' UVMS open architecture enabled us to easily tie in Pivot3's RAIGE and Lenel's OnGuard," said Steve Piechota, vice president of Netronix. "The combination of these products creates a compelling solution. Rather than having several individual applications, each with its own storage, we have given The 101 Casino a compact and robust solution."

About Petards

Petards, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of AIM listed Petards Group plc., is one of the most trusted and respected security partners in the world, with installations in 40 countries. We design, manufacture, supply and support digital surveillance and security systems for environments where there is no room for error. Clients select Petards for its unique combination of flexible, user-friendly technology and rock-solid experience in critical security environments. Our solutions include integrated control systems; smart CCTV for automatic threat identification including automatic number plate recognition; in-car video evidence and enforcement systems; and mobile, wireless surveillance solutions. For more information, please go to

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