Watching the games people play

Choctaw Nation casinos use Axis network cameras to follow the money

“Axis network cameras give us the image clarity and easy scalability we need to protect our growing casino operations.“ Paula Penz, gaming commissioner for the Choctaw Nation.


As the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma began to expand its casino operations, tribal leaders realized that many of their facilities had outgrown the limitations of their existing analog surveillance technology. In looking to modernize their security system, they sought an open IP-based solution that would provide secure, evidentiary-quality video recordings, operate at 30 frames per second and would be easy to set up and expand without major expense or disruption of gaming activity.


Choctaw Nation’s own onsite team worked with Axis partners – ConnectionsIT of Santa Rosa, California and CameraWatch Technologies of Jackson, Mississippi – to install an array of Axis fixed dome and pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) network cameras on the casinos’ fiber backbone. The Axis cameras monitor back of house hallways and money areas as well as building exteriors, parking lots and high-stakes gaming areas. Several of the casinos manage the Axis network cameras with a universal video management system from UKbased software company Petards, while others use the fully integrated IP video management and access control solutions, Omnicast and Synergis, from Canada-based Genetec. In both cases, the systems allow operators to change camera settings through the network, avoiding disruption of business operations where the cameras are deployed.


Security teams monitor the cameras 24/7 from surveillance rooms on the casino properties, enabling them to immediately respond to any incidents of theft, customer safety or questionable behavior by patrons or employees. As word spreads of the new surveillance systems, tribal leaders are noting a significant drop in fraudulent slip-and-fall claims and shortages at the tables and the tills.

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