09 Sep The Vegas Bosses are Watching You: Security Cameras in Casinos
Las Vegas casinos are arming themselves against cheaters looking to trick these establishments into paying them big winnings. They are using high tech security cameras. Look up in any casino and you’ll find evidence of this fact. Security cameras are often present inside of domes along the ceiling keeping close watch on patrons enjoying themselves at card tables and slot machines. It’s no secret – these casinos set up their cameras as warning to patrons to beware – every move is being recorded.
Who is watching you? No two casinos are exactly the same, but most use trained security personnel to monitor every nook and cranny of their establishment from a surveillance room. These rooms are equipped with a number of monitors viewing different angles and areas. These security cameras catch everything from the number of coins going into the slot machines to who’s winning at the tables. They also have the ability to zoom in and out as needed.
Security cameras help casinos keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior that may indicate cheating. These signs are known as “the tell.” Security is on the lookout for gamblers who are constantly checking over their shoulder or around the room. If cheating is their intention, they are keeping a watchful eye out for security, supervisors or other casino personnel who might foil their plans.
Casinos aren’t just keeping a watchful eye on their customers; they are monitoring the employees as they work as well. An atmosphere like this provides a tempting opportunity for some employees to steal. These cameras help capture everything as it’s happening – right down to recording employee name tags.
In order for casino security camera systems to be effective, the network must be equipped to handle hundreds of cameras and digital recorders, and have the ability to store extensive video footage. The system must be sophisticated enough to allow live video footage to be reviewed while the cameras never cease recording the casino. The system can never stop recording, no matter what. In order to effectively monitor the constant flow of people and money within the casino, high resolution video is a necessity.
One new, state of the art security tool being used by more and more casinos is known as real time face recognition software. This houses a database of facial features belonging to individuals known for cheating in at least 150 different casinos worldwide. When surveillance cameras using this software focus in on a suspected cheater, the software compares his or her feature with those in the database and searches for a match. This program isn’t foolproof, so the casino has final say when it comes to identifying a suspect.