San Jose’s Casino M8trix may have been originally founded in 1946, under the name Garden City Casino, but this venue has received some significant upgrades through its years of operation. Its latest upgrade comes from the installation of Atlona’s in-wall switchers, allowing those in the VIP lounge direct access to HDMI and VGA ports.

Prior to the installation, Casino M8trix was trying to work with its legacy closed-source system with no HDMI inputs, making it difficult to adjust to the increasing number of digital outputs on guests’ personal devices. The facility was stuck figuring out how to serve the needs for digital compatibility with an aging analog system.

Daniel Weissman, the systems administrator for Casino M8trix, had grown accustomed to late-night calls from colleagues trying to help guests get the system to work with their gear.

As part of a plan to replace the dated entertainment infrastructure, Casino M8trix realised its need for a new architecture with digital as well as analog inputs and simple, automatic control features. Casino M8trix also wanted identical hardware in every room and was keen on acquiring technology that was user-friendly, fool-proof and reliable.

After consulting System Designer Jesse Portillo of Dream Digital in Pleasanton, Casino M8trix chose to install the Atlona AT-HDVS-150-TX, a 2×1 in-wall switcher with HDMI and VGA wall-plate inputs, HDBaseT output and automatic display control, to be used in conjunction with the company’s AT-HDVS-150-RX receiver/scaler.

Casino M8trix’s goal was to create an experience in each of its VIP lounges for guests to enjoy their time plugging and playing, not plugging and plodding.

“Our installer recommended the Atlona components cautioning that it wasn’t the cheapest option, but he assured us that once it was installed and working, we wouldn’t have any problems with it and it wouldn’t require a control system to run it,” says Daniel.

“The product lived up to its billing and turned out to be very good quality as well. It’s not a plastic wall plate where someone is going to snap off the HDMI jack after a few beers.”

Since the installation months ago, Daniel has not had to service the hardware and the facility has been able to train people internally to direct guests on how to use the systems.

This story originally appeared on CommercialIntegrator.com.

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