Penn National Gaming To Install Synectics in Four of its Hollywood-Branded Casinos
May 16, 2011 — Synectic Systems, Inc. (Synectics), a leading developer and manufacturer of integrated surveillance systems, announced today that Penn National Gaming has chosen Synectics’ enterprise-class digital recording solution for four of its Hollywood-branded Casino properties in Tunica (MS), Charles Town (WV), Toledo (OH) and Kansas City (KS). As one of Synectics long-standing corporate customers, Penn National Gaming will soon have Synectics’ turnkey surveillance solutions installed in a total of eight gaming and racing facilities across the US, including locations in Pennsylvania, Maine, Indiana, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio and Kansas.
Penn Tunica will convert their existing analogue recording system to Synectics’ digital solution to monitor and record over 700 cameras. In the second phase of a 3-phase implementation, Penn Charlestown is converting another 600 analogue channels to digital with the final 800 channels to be converted in phase 3 in 2012. Finally, Synectics will be deployed in two brand new Penn casinos now under construction in Ohio and Kansas. Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is expected to open by January 1, 2012. With its 100,000 square foot gaming floor, 300-room hotel and other amenities, the casino addition to the Kansas Speedway will include 2,300 slot machines, 61 table games and 25 poker tables, estimated to attract over 400,000 tourists annually. The $250 million Hollywood Casino-Toledo project, slated to open in the first half of 2012, includes a 290,000 square foot casino constructed on the banks of the Maumee River opposite downtown Toledo. Designed with the classic style of 1930’s Hollywood art deco, the gaming floor will open with approximately 2,000 slot machines, 60 table games, a 20-table poker room, structured and surface parking, an entertainment lounge and several food and beverage amenities.
These four new Penn installations will record over 4,000 channels of motion picture quality H.264 video using Synectics’ award-winning video management and integration platform, Synergy™. Utilizing industry-leading IP cameras, Synectics will be introducing 1080p high definition recording in critical gaming areas as well. In addition, Synectics is integrating digital recording with analogue switches and cameras (Pelco and Honeywell) and Micros point of sale. Synectics’ state-of-the-art hybrid systems normalize disparate camera streams for a cohesive video solution and provide unparalleled functionality with a simple user interface for operators.
“Synectics is proud to be the specified video surveillance solution for Penn Gaming, the industry’s most forward thinking and fast growing gaming and hospitality provider. Our respective companies share common values and aspirations, which has helped us forge a mutually productive and complimentary partnership,” said John Katnic, COO, Synectics USA.
Known for its reliability and flexibility, Synectics records over 50,000 cameras in over 60 casinos throughout North America, Canada and Europe, with an impressive 99.999% uptime performance record. The company’s unique non-proprietary hardware and software enables existing legacy analogue systems to integrate with IP-based technology as well as third party applications including slot management, point of sale, people counting, and access control, to create a unified video management and security solution. Synectics is part of a stable, fast-growing, publicly traded, global CCTV conglomerate with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Middle East and Asia. With widespread distribution and support facilities, Synectics products are now monitoring some of the world’s most secure and best-known city centers, railways, casinos, refineries, banks, and prisons.
About Penn National Gaming
Penn National Gaming owns and operates gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates nineteen facilities in fifteen jurisdictions, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National’s operated facilities feature over 26,300 gaming machines, approximately 400 table games, over 2,000 hotel rooms and over 959,000 square feet of gaming floor space.
About Synectic Systems, Inc.
Synectic Systems Inc. (Synectics), a wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based Synectics Plc, is an engineering, integration and manufacturing company with expertise in IT and networked systems, CCTV control systems, enterprise storage and command control software applications. Synectics is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.
Synectics’ unparalleled ability to deploy custom, enterprise-class DVR solutions that integrate with existing legacy systems and future technologies has established them as a market leader in the Middle East, the UK, Europe and in North America. For more information about Synectics, go to: www.synecticsplc.com