Los Amigos, like all popular restaurants, is a bastion for thieves “looking for a an easy target.” The original patio area was surveilled by a single fixed view camera that was not capable of covering the dining area as well as detailed imagery of entrance. So owner Chris Mandel asked GeckoTech to add yet another camera to his Milestone System. The new camera being a PTZ with low lumens capability and one that could be controlled by the Milestone operator to change pan, tilt or zoom… After collected detailed user requirements (what did owner Chris Mandel hope to achieve with this new camera/view) GeckoTech selected a high end Toshiba PTZ with a 180′ Panning FoV. Now the property has imagery capable of providing irrefutable ID of all people entering the property through the main gate. Thus continuing to prove that Los Amigos is one of the safest (least # of incidence) to dine out.
Technology changes at an alarming rate, and to be competitive in the hospitality industry you must stay on the bleeding edge. Such is the case with Los Amigos’ video distribution system. During the original deployment of an “easily controlled” video distribution in the Los Amigos Sports Bar, GeckoTech used CATV cabling infrastructure and Composite video injectors to send the multitude of “on demand content servers” to any number of the sports bar’s TVs. This solution has served Los Amigos well for the past 6 years….. But all good things must come to an end. Or must they? Can’t we simply make a good thing better? In this case yes. Los Amigos upped its Cable Tica subscription to use High Definition Set Top boxes. This allows a better experience for the customer on “fight night”. However the HD Set Top boxes posed an integration issue as compared to the legacy video distribution technology. No worries. GeckoTech to the rescue. GeckoTech engineered a hybrid solution that allowed limited distribution of high def content without disrupting the distribution of legacy content/services.
The problem is as old as time itself. Countless TVs, countless sources of content, countless remotes. And no one who knows how to operate them all!! That is why Tim Odom, owner of Hotel Poseidon, decided to call in the “big guns” to help unify his control points for the 7 TVs he recently installed in his Sky Lounge Sports Bar. Step in GeckoTech. We designed a system that used commercial off the shelf components to redistribute HD video over CAT5 cables to each of the TVs. The key components were a video switcher and a URC KP900. These two components will allow the most naive wait staff to push any content to any TV in the SkyLounge or Poseidon Restaurant. Gone are the days of the 10PM calls to Tim’s house asking “how do I get ESPN2 on the TV4?”. Life only gets easier with GeckoTech
Savings and Security. What more could one ask for. Especially when the former pays for the latter. with a little change to spare. Such is the case for 3 rental units at Vista Mar that recently became subscribers to GeckoTech’s services: GeckoEye and GeckoWatch. Vista Mar. situated in Jaco, is one of Jaco’s first developments. The owners were experiencing brisk occupancy, but were having their rental income gobbled up by ICE. So they turned to GeckoTech to help lower their AC operational costs relative to ICE power. GeckoTech answered their “cry for help” by installing GeckoEye. The gEye system not only lowered the owner’s AC operational costs by 30% but also allowed them remote managing and monitoring of doors/windows/thermostats. The subsequent savings afforded them the option to install gPhoto at the front door to track all pedestrian traffic in and out of his rental unit. gPhoto takes successive photos on one second intervals and sends them to a web service where the subscriber can review up to 30 days of photos. Gone are the days of wondering if their units are rented.. All three unit owners are now in complete control of their properties even though they might be 1000s of miles away.
GeckoTech is responsible for one of Costa Rica’s most spectacular Home Entertainment installations. The Vista La Palmas penthouse has in excess of 48 speakers (4 of which drop out of the ceiling and pivot), 8 TVs (ranging from 42 to 60 inches), 6000W of online power backup, 18 zones of audio, 4 movie on demand players. The list could go on and on. During the 2012 September 5th earthquake, the VLP penthouse, situated 17 floors above sea-level experienced more side to side movement than any other area of the pacific coast. Because GeckoTech engineers believe in sturdy/robust mounting techniques not a single TV was dislodged from the wall nor damaged. Pretty impressive given the magnitude of the quake. We wish other units (lower) in VLP had been as fortunate. “Fortune” starts with solid engineering work from GeckoTech.
In order to provide better control for Acqua’ Spa management/ownership, the Spa has signed up for GeckoTech’s GeckoWatch managed service. GeckoWatch is service that allows installation of 1 or more IP video camera(s) that records to a centrally located recording server. The beauty of GeckoWatch is the economy of scales that are afforded to each subscriber that might only want/need a single camera. This is because multiple subscribers share the same infrastructure thus lowering setup costs significantly. Cost for the GeckoWatch service is $200 setup and $20/mo for ongoing managed service and support. With GeckoWatch the cameras can be viewed real-time and historically from an iPad, iPhone, Android or PC.