Two casinos, both called Paradise but although being located in different States, they are just 24 feet from each other. Apart from sharing this unusual distinction and having the same name, the two casinos have other things in common. Firstly, they are both owned by the Quechan Indian Tribe. Secondly, both casinos will shortly be benefiting from the substantial investment that the Tribe has made in the very latest security technology to ensure that their guests can enjoy their visit in a safe environment.
The Arizona-based Paradise Casino is the first of the two to be equipped with a custom built digital video recording system designed and manufactured by Vigilant Technology. The system is comprised of thirteen Vigilant Elite systems, which are able to record and store real-time high-resolution images from one hundred and ninety-eight cameras located throughout the 30,000 sq ft casino. Twelve of the Elite systems each have a massive 3,200MB of internal RAID-5 storage to allow continuous real time recording at 4CIF while the thirteenth Elite has been equipped with internal and external storage which offers 6TB storage. Operators in the casino's control room can instantly retrieve recorded video captured by any of the cameras as well as continuing to view live images.
"We had previously used an analog video recording system and we wanted to take advantage of the latest advances in technology," said Melvin Pastores, Surveillance Director. "Of prime importance was the fact that any new system had to be easy for our operators to use. Our casinos are very popular and at peak times we need to ensure that our operators can effortlessly control the CCTV system and react appropriately to any incidents."
The installation was completed in January 2006 and work will start shortly to install a similar system at the Paradise Casino in California.
"We took our time to decide which system to purchase," added Mr. Pastores. "We looked at many different types of systems and suppliers over a two-year period. We see this as a major long-term investment and therefore wanted to make sure we were choosing the best option. There is no doubt in my mind that the package offered by Vigilant with its secure and unlimited storage capacity, high resolution recording and most importantly a method of operation that is ideal for our operators, will prove to be the correct choice for Paradise Casinos. "
Paradise Casino Arizona & Paradise Casino California are owned and operated by the Quechan (pronounced kwat san) Indian Nation, and are located on the Fort Yuma Reservation adjacent to Yuma, Arizona and in Winterhaven, California, respectively. The casinos collectively house over 820 slot machines, 15 table games, bingo, live poker, two bars, a 24-hour restaurant and the casinos are known as the regions leader in live entertainment and exciting promotions.