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Luxury Cypriot casino uses IDIS to secure high-stakes poker tournament

IDIS has provided advanced video technology to protect a high-stakes poker tournament in a luxury casino in Northern Cyprus, designed to improve video coverage of the gaming tables and the casino floor.

The Merit Royal Hotel and Casino offers an exciting gaming environment for guests, with the ‘world’s largest’ roulette table, 950 of the latest slot and gambling machines, 63 live gaming tables and a number of luxurious VIP lounges.

To enhance security in preparation for the World Poker Tour’s Texas Hold’em poker tournament, as well as to ensure the safety of VIP guests, a video surveillance upgrade was required within weeks. The casino needed to have comprehensive coverage, to secure the premises but also to protect against fraud and theft as well as to fulfil legal requirements set by local regulators.

Volga Elektronik was awarded the installation contract and deployed an end-to-end IDIS solution. To improve video coverage of gaming tables and the casino floor, Volga’s engineers installed IDIS 5MP dome cameras with motorised lenses, true WDR and IR up to 30 metres, delivering high-resolution images in varied lighting conditions.

DirectIP plug-and-play connection of the cameras, 24 PoE switches with 64-channel network video recorders (NVRs), which come pre-installed with IDIS Solution Suite (ISS) VMS, meant cybersecure, ‘rapid and hassle-free’ installation for Volga’s engineers.

ISS Expert provides control room staff with an ‘easy-to-use’ VMS designed for mission-critical surveillance operations including administration, video wall monitoring, streaming, and recording services. The feature set is designed to allow operators to detect, verify, analyse, and rapidly respond to security and safety events and meet the requirements of regulatory gaming integrity.

The solution from IDIS, ‘encourages honest and fair’ game play and is designed to provide operators with complete visual awareness of the gaming tables, casino floor, lounges, and other key areas.

Malik Oğuz, Director of Security Systems at Merit Royal Hotel and Casino said: “IDIS video technology is providing high performance yet intuitive surveillance operations with exceptional image capture. Our security team can quickly and efficiently respond to incidents and resolve disputes to reduce table stoppages. The result is an enhanced patron’s experience that builds on our reputation as one of Europe’s top gaming destinations. The resort can now benefit from a truly scalable and future-proof solution, with the assurance of a low total cost of ownership.”

Muhammet Ali İpek of Volga Elektronik added: “Merit Royal is delighted with the end-to-end IDIS video surveillance solution that meets the complex security demands of world-class casino gaming to create a safe and welcoming environment for VIP guests. We are looking forward to expanding the system across the resort and other Merit International hotels.”

The Merit Royal is said to have plans to extend the system to cover hotel facilities and outdoor areas, featuring two swimming pools, gardens, and a private beach.


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