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Napoleons is a chain of five casinos across the north of England, owned by The A&S Leisure Group Ltd. The firm sought video security for its casino and restaurant in Manchester, without the need to use multiple providers. Casinos must be protected, not just against fraud or theft, but to meet legal requirements set by the UK regulator, the Gambling Commission and local authorities. Axis partner Brock Business Support, specified a customised set of products, including from network video product manufacturer Axis Communications; installed by AD Systems Limited, of Blackpool.

Guy Hewson, Head of Security at The A&S Leisure Group Ltd, says: “When looking at the requirements of the new site, integration between the surveillance and access control systems was important, together with high quality images from the cameras, and immediate video play back with audio. We turned to Brock Business Support who, through its close working partnership with Axis Communications, was able to specify a system that could be tailor made for our requirements.”

Some 100 cameras were installed at the Manchester city centre site, requiring six AXIS T8524 PoE+ network switches and recording on three servers, all driven by the AXIS Camera Station software running over four viewing stations. The staff entrance has an AXIS A8004-VE network video door station; staff are admitted after scanning using a biometric reader. Inside, AXIS M3065-V network mini domes cover back of house areas, providing a wide-angle view.

Gaming tables, money exchange areas, bars and slot machines are monitored by AXIS P3375-V network cameras with two-way audio. At the roulette wheels AXIS F1015 sensor units sit inside the table displays; providing a discreet, full view. Externally, the perimeter is covered by AXIS P3245-LVE fixed dome network cameras with AXIS Lightfinder, suitable the developers say for variable lighting and weather conditions.

Dave Brock, Managing Director, Brock Business Support, says: “Multiple factors were taken into consideration during the installation of the many cameras and sensors across the Napoleons Casinos site, which meant meticulous planning, right down to considerations around connectivity. For example, the use of AXIS Zipstream technology meant that Cat5E cabling could be used, meaning no need to upgrade. This represented an immediate cost saving for the casino’s owners.”

Axis says that these products use open platforms to allow integration with other systems, using APIs and standard IoT protocols. This means that Axis can draw on partners’ technologies, blending them with the Axis components to make up the system. The install can capture and export live video data in real-time for the authorities in the event of an incident. The A&S Leisure Group Ltd now plans to review the security tech at its other four sites.

Read the case study here: See also Dave Brock’s company website.


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