IP-based video upgrade
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Cisco announced in May a 10-year strategic agreement with HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Entertainment to upgrade their management, guest services and security systems through the use of IP technology. The Cisco Physical Security business unit will work with HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on a Ã¢â‚¬Å“transformation of the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s digital backbone and the implementation of a next-generation security and surveillance infrastructure.Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to Steve Collen, director of business development for Cisco Physical Security, Cisco video surveillance will initially be installed at 31 HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s properties across the United States, Macau and Canada, including such high-profile properties as CaesarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Palace in Las Vegas.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When we entered the market with the Sypixx acquisition,Ã¢â‚¬Â Collen said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“we wanted to focus heavily on gaming as an initial market, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been focusing on that for the past two years. This is the ultimate validation that the focus has been worth it. We are winning a lot of casino environments across the globe, which is a testament to what we are doing.Ã¢â‚¬Â
However, the 10-year agreement, which Collen said is beyond the scope of anything heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s seen in his 14 years at Cisco, goes well beyond security. Cisco will deploy a new network infrastructure throughout the properties that will allow HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to deliver a number of new guest services and allow them to deploy targeted digital signage and utilize video conferencing among HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s executives.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was interesting in this deal to see that [HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chief information officer] and IT team worked very well with the physical security guys,Ã¢â‚¬Â Collen said.
Cisco had an existing relationship with HarrahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s selling them network infrastructure, Collen said, and this deal is typical of how theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to build their video surveillance and security presence.