Resorts World Las Vegas is the first ground-up resort built on the Las Vegas Strip in over a decade. The near 88-acre property boats 3,506 guest rooms and suites in three distinct hotels, over 40 world-class food and beverage outlets, a 5,000-capacity theatre and a two-story dining and retail promenade. It is equipped with an AV-over-IP system featuring Visionary powered networked audio and video.
“Resorts World Las Vegas has built what is probably the largest AV-over-IP network of its kind,” said Scott Freshman, chief operating officer for Visionary. “It encompasses almost every portion of the property, with more than 2,000 endpoints and growing. The size and scope of the project brought together multiple AV integrators, each of whom took on specific areas of the massive venture. It’s unique to have this many integrators who were once competitors coming together to put this wonderful project together.”
Technology West Group of Las Vegas was selected to oversee the design and implementation of the overall AV system and property-wide network specifications. Richard Reisig, vice president for Technology West Group, worked to facilitate the design of the “the podium,” the west tower, The District and all outdoor areas. “A critical component in a network AV system is the network. The network at Resorts World Las Vegas includes over 2,000 PacketAV endpoints and 2,000 QLAN channels,” said Reisig. “The number of endpoints continues to grow as we build out the system. It’s a very large, purpose-built network designed to supply one gigabit of non-blocking bandwidth, end to end, to any location on the property with less than a millisecond of latency.”
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Unique to Visionary, the PacketAV endpoints allow internal device VLAN tagging. Due to the complexity of the network and the different protocols, including video, QLAN, Dante, AES67, DMX and control, it is critical to segregate the traffic for effective network management. “With the size and complexity of the network, VLAN tagging was critical for us. Especially at the scale that we’re hitting, you can’t have 2,000 devices on a single VLAN network and just hope it works,” Reisig said.
Visionary also created a custom Bluetooth-enabled wall plate encoder that was implemented throughout the system. The encoder combines powerful 4K UHD video and Dante/AES67 audio embedding and de-embedding over a single gigabit Ethernet port. Using Bluetooth 5.0 for extended range, faster data throughput and reliable connections, the Duet Wall Plate Encoder supports bi-directional smartphone connectivity for soft-codec web conferencing AV integration to eliminate the need for separate bridging hardware.
Each guest room features an intuitive AV system designed by One Touch Living. “The scope of the project was to design the technology in the rooms to enhance the guest experience,” said Corey Brushia, president of One Touch Living. “Our goal was to create an environment that enables guests to interact with the rooms and the property. Visionary eliminated the need for a conventional HDBaseT matrix. Visionary allowed us to network from anywhere to anywhere.”
National Technology Associates was selected for technology integration in the resort’s first-floor common areas, including the hotel lobbies, registration, casino, gaming areas and underground levels. Shane Snell, project manager for National Technology Associates, said, “One of the largest challenges of this project was the scale. The property has nearly 2,000 video endpoints and thousands of loudspeaker channels. I’m not sure it’s possible to distribute those components in any way other than networking. Every system can now reach each other because the audio and video integration are on the same network. We’ve standardized Visionary and QSC to streamline the communication between the technology components.”
Resorts World Las Vegas was designed as one of the largest AV integrations on the Strip. The building can transmit a signal from anywhere on the premises and distribute it to the 100,000-square-foot LED screen (one of the largest LED building displays in the United States), the theatre, the casino or anywhere else on the property, and vice-versa. The resort also features a state-of-the-art 5,000-capacity immersive theatre. Scéno Plus, a Montreal-based theatre design firm, was enlisted to create the design, and Solotech was selected for the technology integration.
Sébastien Larose, AV designer for Scéno Plus, said, “We have over 150 televisions in the theatres. The ability to put the content onto the network and run a single CAT5 cable allows us to simplify the system. We have Visionary endpoints almost everywhere because Visionary allows us to take a signal from any location and transmit it to anywhere on the property.”
Solotech was selected for the design-build for Resorts World Las Vegas’s Zouk Nightclub, Ayu Dayclub, and the accompanying restaurants and lounges. “We have a mixture of displays throughout the restaurants, cabanas and bungalows in the dayclub and nightclub. We’ve integrated Visionary’s endpoints in all of those areas to enable simplified control for the guest to choose between sources and have content delivered to those endpoints,” said Aaron Beck, business development manager for Solotech.
Visionary’s efficient endpoints use standard PoE power. This distinguishing feature ties directly into Resorts World Las Vegas’s sustainability initiatives. By integrating standard PoE power, Resorts World Las Vegas can reduce energy consumption with the added benefit of saving tens of thousands of dollars per year for the project’s life.
Being the first resort built on the Strip in over a decade, Resorts World Las Vegas has a natural advantage to create the city’s most technologically advanced resort experience. Visionary’s AV-over-IP technology and standard PoE have enabled Resorts World Las Vegas to deploy a networked AV matrix at a fraction of the cost of traditional AV distribution methods. There are no matrix switchers anywhere on the property.