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Casino Prevents Security Violations Via Beacon Solution

Thanks to a system provided by Barcoding Inc. and Visybl, Mount Airy Casino Resort is alerted if an employee begins to remove a key from its facility, enabling it to prevent regulatory infractions.
By Claire Swedberg

Once the reader comes within approximately 15 feet of the CloudNode, it identifies that beacon transmission and forwards the data to the software. The software then prompts two light stacks to begin flashing: one at the employee door and one in the security communications office, where a worker is stationed 24 hours a day. If the employee with the key sees the light, he or she can step away from the door and place the key in the locked cabinet. If that individual were to continue through the door while still possessing the key, an audible alarm would sound and an e-mail would be sent to the department managers onsite, as well as to Asbury.

The audible alert would go silent after about 15 seconds. However, the light stacks would continue to flash red until a manager acknowledges the alert message.

Barcoding Inc.'s Tom O'Boyle
Additionally, the system consists of a Visybl app that is downloaded on Asbury's iPhone, enabling her to use her own phone as a secondary beacon reader. The app can capture transmissions from the key beacons when they are within about 100 feet, depending on the exact location. That means, for instance, that while she is walking the casino floor, she can use the app to identify where a specific key is located, gain reassurance that it is also on the floor and determine its distance from the phone.

The system has proven to educate managers regarding how often keys may be approaching the doorways, even if the individual in possession of them simply intends to briefly step outside the facility. (Mount Airy's standard procedure is for personnel to place the key in the locked cabinet anytime an employee steps outside, even for a moment.)

When the system was first installed, Asbury says, numerous flashing-light alerts were triggered, typically because an employee was about to take a break outside and forgot that he or she still had the key. "It was a transition of getting used to the system," she recalls. "We had instances of people going out to the food truck [for example] and setting off the alarm." Those alerts continue to this day, she notes, and are serving the purpose of preventing potential violations for the casino.

During the past two months since the system was installed, Asbury reports, no keys have been removed from the facility. She attributes this to the effectiveness of the solution that Visybl installed.

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