Though a few gamblers may disagree, security is critical for success in casinos. Statistical and Software Analysts, Inc. uses Texas Instruments’ TMS320DM642 DSP in its Casino Class Systems, which have been approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission. SSAI’s C-Class supports up to 4,000 cameras divided into 100 zones with as many as 250 individual users. Images are stored in a RAID system built using Seagate’s SV35 hard drives, which are optimized for video surveillance systems. Digital zoom, instant replay and image printing are among its standard features.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.