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Gefen AV over IP removes casino’s video distribution worries

Local integrator the WED Group was called in to improve the video graphics on display at the prestigious St George Leagues Club Casino in Sydney, Australia. Club executive manager Gary Garr had noticed that the graphics on the casino’s displays looked “messy”.

WED Group services & integration manager Matthew Joyce suggested that the club completely redesign its content distribution system – utilising Gefen’s 1080p video over IP solutions to distribute video graphics to the casino’s 100 displays neatly and seamlessly.

“Over the past few years, the club’s video distribution system became increasingly unreliable, which is a significant problem in a venue of such a high calibre that is expected to deliver premier entertainment,” said Joyce. “Gefen equipment completely eliminates reliability issues, and offers a seamless new way to distribute content across multiple displays. With this new video distribution system, the club can now easily distribute animated gaming graphics – such as current jackpot levels – for customers to see across the entire casino floor. Plus, if any rare issues are to arise, troubleshooting for the technical team is as easy as can be.”

Previously, the casino’s system used VGA extenders that were ‘piggybacked’ off each other, which proved to be extremely sensitive. Additionally, the extenders were not labelled, making it nearly impossible to diagnose problems. The newly built system utilises a network of Gefen 1080p products paired with a Cisco SG500 48-port switch and ASUS Wireless Router to eliminate these issues. With four Gefen VGA KVM Video Over IP Senders, 12 Gefen VGA KVM Video Over IP Receivers, six Gefen HDMI KVM Video Over IP Receivers, four Gefen 1 x 8 HDMI splitters, and two Gefen 1 x 4 HDMI splitters, Garr and the team at St. George Leagues Club Casino can rest assured that the graphic content is distributed smoothly within the casino.

“We essentially took multiple gaming graphic PCs and connected them to Gefen KVM senders,” Joyce explained. “Once they were connected to the Cisco switch and programmed with their output channel, they could be left alone to keep the transmission extremely neat. The result is a simple and seamless video distribution system.”

St George Leagues Club Casino has plans to expand the system in the future to add an additional 100 screens, and incorporate digital advertising to boost revenue for the casino. “Gefen offers ideal solutions for casino applications,” Joyce continued. “These solutions make configuration and implementation easy. We look forward to expanding the system to include the entire casino floor!”