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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 06-560


[58 PA. CODE CH. 465a]

Digital Video Recording Formats

[36 Pa.B. 1586]

   On February 2, 2006, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (Board) adopted a statement of policy in § 465a.1 (relating to digital video recording formats) which provided technical standards for use by slot machine licensees in surveillance of a licensed facility. This statement of policy was published at 36 Pa.B. 919 (February 18, 2006). The Board has decided to make editorial changes to this statement of policy.

   Therefore, the Board has deposited with the Legislative Reference Bureau an amendment to § 465a.1. The amendment is effective as of March 16, 2006.

   This technical standard in Chapter 465a is amended by amending § 465a.1 to read as set forth in Annex A.

Fiscal Impact

   This statement of policy will have no appreciable fiscal impact upon the Commonwealth.

Contact Person

   Further information is available by contacting the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, P. O. Box 69060, Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060.

Effective Date

   This statement of policy will take effect March 16, 2006.


   Fiscal Note: 125-19. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A





§ 465a.1 Digital video recording formats.

   (a)  Any digital video recording system utilized by a slot machine licensee must:

   (1)  Be capable of recording, and thereafter being viewed, at a minimum of 30 frames or images per second, full screen, in real time.

   (2)  Have a visual resolution of 640 × 480 pixels or greater unless the Board expressly determines that an alternative visual resolution can achieve the clarity required to meet the purposes of this section.

   (3)  Be capable of retaining for at least 30 days all images obtained from all approved video cameras.

   (4)  Have a failure notification system that provides an audible, as well as a visual notification, of any failure in the surveillance system or the digital video recording media storage system.

   (5)  Have a media storage system that is configured so that a failure of any single component will not result in the loss of any data from the media storage system.

   (6)  Have no more than eight of the cameras utilized to satisfy the coverage requirements in § 465.10(c)(1) (relating to surveillance system; surveillance department control; surveillance department restrictions), be in the first stage of concentration, unless the slot machine licensee has a fault tolerant or redundant system so there is no loss of data in the event of a failure of a single first stage concentrator.

   (b)  Remote access to a digital surveillance system from any location outside the surveillance monitoring room may not be permitted without the approval of the Board.

   (c)  Digital video disks or other storage media produced from the digital video recording system must contain the date and time of recording superimposed thereon, clearly identify the type of media player and software prerequisite to viewing the digital images and identify the video verification encryption code or watermark.

   (d)  Details with regard to the digital video recording system's video verification encryption code or watermark shall be provided to the Board, at no cost to the Board, prior to the inspection and approval of the system.

   (e)  The slot machine licensee's contingency plan required under § 465.10(f) must expressly provide that any failure in a digital video recording media storage system must be repaired or replaced within 8 hours of the failure.

   (f)  The Board may, in its discretion, waive one or more of the requirements or technical standards applicable to a surveillance system upon a determination that the nonconforming surveillance system nonetheless provides for adequate and effective surveillance of activities inside and outside the licensed facility.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-560. Filed for public inspection March 31, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]


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