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What Stays in Vegas by Adam Tanner

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Thousands of Eyes

Inside the Surveillance Room

It’s a typical Friday evening inside the surveillance room of the ARIA Resort and Casino. The nerve center of an $18 million security system at a five-star facility, the room evokes a high-tech, sophisticated look. As at all casinos, the cameras record vast amounts of activity every day, but actually spotting suspicious activity falls to human surveillance and security officers. At a big casino hotel, three to six people per shift watch what is happening across the thousands of cameras.

They look for certain patterns of behavior suggesting a thief or a con, and rely on internal and external databases about people. They see all the joy, the foibles, the antics of hundreds of thousands of people ...

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