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Tampa Bay Downs uses Axis video encoders to exceed State-mandated surveillance

“The Axis video encoders give us a level of granularity and flexibility far beyond what our old DVR-based system could deliver, which enables us to exceed State mandates with our existing analog cameras.“ John Vacha, Director of Information Technologies for Tampa Bay Downs.


When the State of Florida legislated stricter surveillance standards for casinos and other gaming venues, Tampa Bay Downs needed to find a cost-effective way to increase the frame rate and image clarity of its archived video. Rather than scrap its entire analog camera system, the thoroughbred race track sought to replace its poker room DVR-based recording equipment with digital encoders that would enable the venue to satisfy the new mandate.


Tampa Bay Downs purchased an Axis video encoder rack and an array of hot-swappable encoder blades from Axis partner, Illinois-based CDW to digitize the video stream from 60 analog cameras in its Silks Poker Room. The race track also purchased a new Milestone XProtect® Corporate video management system which would allow security personnel intuitive access and multiple search options into the archived video stored on a series of HP servers.


The extremely high image clarity and 30 frames per second transmission speed of the new Axis video encoder have enabled Tampa Bay Downs to exceed the State-mandated surveillance standards. And since the Axis encoders use advanced H.264 compression technology, the race track has been able to archive far more than the 14 days mandated by the State of Florida without expanding its storage array.

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