Here’s some free advice: Don’t try to rob a casino.
It’s no secret that casinos are some of the most watched places on the planet. In a casino, hundreds of cameras are installed throughout every square inch of the building, giving security personnel high-definition, 24/7 visibility into what every patron and every employee is doing at any given time. They know which games you’re playing and for how long. They can track how much money you’re winning (or, more likely, losing), and what you do after you leave the table. They can even use advanced AI and analytics to predict your next move so that they can accurately staff bars and tables based on real-time activity.
They’re looking for card counters, whose disguises (glasses, mustaches, wigs, and hats) are no match for their facial recognition technology. (Hot tip: If you’re counting cards and the casino hasn’t kicked you out yet, it’s not because you’re really good. It’s because you’re really bad and they’ve decided to let you stay to lose more money.)
They’re looking for people with gambling addictions who have placed themselves on exclusion lists and can actually sue the casino if they’re allowed to play. And they’re looking for criminals who aren’t allowed in casinos by law.
Admittedly, much of the video captured by casinos is used after the fact for evidence. So even if you do succeed in pulling off an Ocean’s 11 heist, it probably won’t be long until the video is used to track you down.
Cameras are essential to the 24/7 operation of a casino. If even one camera goes down over a game table, the casino must shut down that table. If several cameras go down, they must close the entire floor, potentially losing thousands of dollars in revenue, to say nothing of the damage to their reputation. In the event of a shutdown, a casino can even be penalized by regulatory agencies, with fines reaching into the millions.
Julie Fagan has a long career in high-tech solutions marketing. She loves working at NetApp where she gets to focus on bringing the best video surveillance and high performance computing storage solutions to the world along with her awesome co-workers.