Raising the stakes: Why surveillance and security shouldn’t be a gamble

UK casino chain installs comprehensive Axis solution to monitor operations and improve security at high risk site

“Multiple factors were taken into consideration, which meant meticulous planning, right down to considerations around connectivity. For example, the use of Axis Zipstream technology meant that there was no need to upgrade existing cabling, representing an immediate cost saving for the casino’s owners.” Dave Brock, Managing Director, Brock Business Support Ltd.


The A & S Leisure Group Ltd operates Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants, a popular chain of five entertainment venues across the North of England. Each site is supported by a combination of digital and analogue security and surveillance technologies. When deciding to open the fifth venue in the busy city of Manchester, The A & S Leisure Group Ltd undertook a whole scale review of its security provision with the aim of bringing it up to date and better equipping the casino to address a more sophisticated threat landscape. The new solution would be required to provide full perimeter protection, access control at multiple entrance points, as well as total surveillance of the entire gambling floor to provide a comprehensive ‘eye in the sky’.


Casinos must be adequately protected, not just to secure the premises and protect against fraud or theft, but also to fulfil legal requirements set by the Gambling Commission and local authorities. Working closely with Axis, Brock Business Support was able to commission a solution that would support the business, being fully scalable to meet ongoing challenges. When looking at the requirements of the new site, integration between surveillance cameras and the access control system was an important factor, alongside high-quality imagery, real-time reporting and audio capabilities.


The A & S Leisure Group Ltd was presented with a comprehensive overarching solution from a single provider. It comprises an Axis door station, an access control management system, and over one hundred surveillance cameras that cover every inch of floorspace with the capability to watch every roulette wheel and game taking place throughout the hall. Multiple displays, crystal clear audio and the ability to quickly and easily retrieve and package video for authorities, results in a comprehensive system that can not only protect at the perimeter, but also monitor every aspect of operations to guard against theft and fraud. Such is the success of the system that the team are rolling it out across their other venues.

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