The six casinos of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Nation provide the means for the tribe to create opportunities in education and business development for both its tribal members and other Wisconsin residents. The network of casinos, scattered throughout central Wisconsin, features a total of 175,000 square feet of casino floor space, 5,000 slot machines and about 100 table games including blackjack, poker and roulette. The facilities also feature such amenities as hotels and fine dining, convention centers, camp grounds and entertainment venues.
Because of the importance of the casinos to the Ho-Chunk Nation, keeping the security and surveillance technology and infrastructure current – and planning for the future – is critical to the operation. Since the systems were first deployed, the original VCRs have been replaced with digital recording systems to create a hybrid digital surveillance system. Additional plans called for a complete digital system, standardized on all sites to the same platform for ease of operation and economies of scale. The upgrade blueprint for the multi-site project also included new cameras at most locations along with renovated control rooms featuring new operator furniture/review consoles, monitor walls with large screen displays and the integration of the video surveillance system with the casinos’ point of sale (POS) systems. The infrastructure improvements to support the digital solution required new field cabling at each of the locations.
The challenge for the Ho-Chunk Nation was to find the right partner to complete the turnkey design/build for the multi-site project. To take on a project of this magnitude, technological competence, solid experience and a strong track record were essential resources that would be needed by the integrator. As the project moved forward and plans would need to accommodate changes in construction schedules and casino operations, these capabilities would be even more essential. The integrator partner would be required to work on parallel projects in separate locations as well as manage any last minute requests or developments – and still bring the project to completion on time and at budget.