OK, I'm finally done with Las Vegas for the year. And in some strange way, I will miss the sound of slot machines 24 hours per day; the iPod commercial that continually runs across the jumbo screens at the Fashion Show mall; the imploding buildings and fireworks at 2:30 a.m.; the expensive cab rides; and everything else that comes along with this crazy city.
Anyway, some good news came out of the gaming expo.
*There are currently $22 billion in Las Vegas casino projects in the works, which I'm sure boosted confidence in the market. One of them is a huge project called City Center, which is currently under construction.
*This year's show included an expanded security and surveillance pavilion. Although the casino market has been slow to embrace IP-based technology, partly due to gaming regulations, most exhibitors focused on showcasing their IP wares. Pelco pushed its Endura line, Bosch talked about the message of convergence, and IndigoVision and Cisco also plugged the benefits of IP.
*Away from the show floor, surveillance and security practitioners filled rooms to hear experts discuss a myriad of topics ranging from shootings on casino properties to the move from analog to digital technology, and the challenge with protecting soft and hard count rooms.
*In an educational session on Tuesday afternoon, Per Lundkvist, chief security and risk officer for AB Svenska Spel, which operates four casinos in Sweden, talked about his company's transition from analog to digital. The company is currently in the second phase of this deployment.
*Back in the exhibit hall, Petards announced that The 101 Casino plans to install its surveillance solution to enable security guards to have 24-hour remote viewing capabilities following the remodeling of its facility. The company's VMS will be integrated with IP cameras from Axis and IQInVision, as well as Lenel's access control solution.
*Pivot3 also announced a reseller agreement with Petards. With this agreement, Petards will resell Pivot3's storage as part of its video recording and management system.
*Panasonic announced a new alliance with North American Video to push its initiative in this space further.
All around I thought G2E was a great conference from an educational perspective and it will be interesting to see if the security and surveillance pavilion continues to grow. Until next year ...