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Dome cameras to match your interior design

28 January, 2009
The Dallmeier electronic stand at Intersec proved that white isn't the only option for interior dome cameras, displaying a range of products for casinos, hotels and other buildings where ambiance or discretion precludes the use of clinical white.
With its corner display cabinet of colourful dome cameras shining under jewellery shop style spot lighting, the Dallmeier stand wasn't difficult to find among the alleys of surveillance exhibitors at Intersec. The company has a wide product range covering IP and analogue systems, video management and recording which it promotes with bold and somewhat audacious branding such as the 'a tribute to Amadeus' range. I was met by Alaa Nasser and Thomas Dallmeier who provided me with some insight into where the company is going with its range of products.

I started with the DesignCams, a series of housings in various metal or wood finishes, carbon fibre, marble or even crystal. Dallmeier was the first to offer housings for its cameras in different designs and has managed to perfect the finishing process to such an extent that they can now offer custom designs too. I asked Alaa what the minimum camera quantity would be for this to be cost effective and was surprised that the company is willing to provide any quantity, believing it to be competitive with subcontract quotes whilst offering the expertise to do the job properly. 'Dome camera casings and mounting rings aren't easy to paint and the job could easily be botched', he pointed out.

Dallmeier cameras are popular in casinos and I suggested that maybe this was the primary market for the DesignCams since casinos spend so much attention and money on interior design that it would be a shame to spoil it with standard white dome cameras. However, Thomas pointed out that although the DesignCams do enjoy popularity in casinos, this is by no means the only area that benefits from having architecturally blended security systems. Hotels, museums and other public buildings often want the cameras not only to blend in with the dÃęcor but also to be unobtrusive so that people who use these facilities don't feel that they are being 'spied upon'. The final point that Thomas made was that some clients want their installations to be bright and to actually contrast heavily with the surroundings to signify an overt security presence and act as a crime deterrent. An example would be at the exits of retail outlets.

Still dazzled by the DesignCams, I returned to the glitzy theme of casinos and Dallmeier's undeniable presence in that market. I started by asking what makes their cameras so popular in the highly demanding area of casino surveillance? Two of the clearest reasons are presets and Dallmeier's proprietary Cam_inPIX technology. In terms of presets, casinos want to be able to have custom camera settings for specific environments without having to buy different types of cameras and without enduring the problem of setting up cameras on-site. To solve this, Dallmeier offers a range of firmware presets in their cameras to cope with different environmental conditions such as the high levels of contrast and low lighting at a card table or the speed of a roulette wheel. Cam_inPIX technology enables picture optimisation on analogue cameras for coping with difficult lighting conditions without smearing or blooming.

Thomas Dallmeier also told me about the 'Casino Competence Centre' that the company has recently opened at its Regensberg site in Germany. The Centre is of particular benefit to larger casino installations where the entire system can be set up prior to delivery for acceptance testing and training.


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