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Redundancy for Gaming Industry

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Most aspects of life experience change. Standards and policies are no different. The regulations regarding surveillance in gaming institutions, namely casinos, will change significantly if the proposed modifications to the Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) are approved. These modifications have been considered for nearly 2 years and apparently are now ready to pass. The most significant of the regulations is regarding redundancy for the gaming industry as a whole. The proposed language specifies true redundancy. In fact, the language stipulates the video recording system must be designed such that no video recording is lost due to the failure of any single component. The redundancy language that is actually proposed is below (copied from standards). “(v) Have a media storage system that is configured so that a failure of any single component will result in no loss of data from the media storage system.”

The only way to satisfy the above requirement is by designing and installing a completely redundant system. The gaming industry is adopting this strict redundancy policy to ensure the security of their assets. Traditional answers to surveillance media redundancy, such as RAID configurations, will no longer be valid once this proposed modification is approved since a failure of a processor, RAM, RAID controller, or motherboard would result in loss of video storage.

The cost of doing business will increase for the gaming industry as this redundancy requirement is enforced. Once passed, each facility will have 6 months to implement the new standards. As you can imagine, each system will have to be analyzed by experts to define the most efficient way to redesign the system to meet these redundancy requirements. Once designed, an implementation plan has to be presented and then progress can begin. Orion Security Solutions continues to be the leading end to end surveillance provider for the gaming industry and invites all gaming industry facilities to contact us to ensure the proper financial and operational plans are in place.

Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you here at The O next Wednesday.

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Sean Crain is founder and CEO of Orion Security Solutions (OSS). Prior to starting OSS, Sean spent over eight years with the U.S. Department of State as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Officer working in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents around the world including Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Switzerland, Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, and Columbia.

He received advanced training in the techniques and methodologies of counter intelligence and anti-terrorism in order to carry out responsibilities which included designing, installing, and maintaining state-of-the-art security solutions to protect national security information, U.S Embassies and other sensitive U.S. facilities, and diplomatic personnel, including U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State. Sean was also called upon to design and implement security protocols and systems which included video surveillance, intruder detection, access controls, locks, perimeter security, and assessments. He also played an integral role in writing the U.S. Department of State security policies for post communications centers, controlled access areas, and building management systems in U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, and inter-agency facilities worldwide.