Aura ESM: Casino Enterprise Security Management

Aura ESM is a complex casino security system for situational and incident management. It integrates all the existing systems into a united collaboration platform leveraging intelligence and security services to investigate and account for incidents in a broad context.

It all started with a partnership with a top Russian system integrator. Cortex acted as an executive and technology partner, responsible for legislation, HR, product management, customer relationships, project management, software development, IP rights protection, production, and general administration.

The first customer was the largest casino in Russia – Sochi Casino and Resort – required to design a complete security surveillance system that will make it easier for the client to manage any incident on the premises, including:

  • Customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Access control
  • Video surveillance
  • Face recognition
  • Game management
  • Fire alarm
  • Security/intrusion alarm
  • IT infrastructure monitoring
  • Power supply subsystem monitoring
  • Evacuation control
  • Telephony and instant messaging systems

The platform Aura created still acts as a core integrational solution in the primary Russian casino.

Project Facts

Deployed in 2 Casinos with 4 000 devices connected
Deployed in 2 Factories
Team of 7 developers
Efficient budget of 200K USD


Java for the backend applications and services
WSO2 for integration
PostgreSQL as a database and Yandex ClickHouse for time-series and analytical data processing
Zabbix for self-monitoring and diagnosis
Git for codebase management


Cortex. Aura features

We integrated the following:

  • Access control systems
  • Bosch Fire Alarm System FPA-500
  • Complex of inspection equipment
  • Emergency telephony system
  • Face Detection System
  • Gambling control
  • Power supply subsystem "UPS”
  • Security alarm system
  • Security television system
  • Warning and evacuation control systems

As well as designed a messenger for management and security personnel



We developed a software product that integrates all security systems distributed among multiple facilities, allowing the operator to manage systems from one unified, intuitive interface. Flexible automatic incident detection based on rules and types of events allows identifying most incidents without direct operator involvement. All security systems are united to provide the operator with invaluable support during the incident handling phase.
The system, designed for scalability, processes more than 4 000 end devices and 11 external informational systems in real-time. Aura ESM shows linear load growth essential to scale; it passed the test under a load of more than 15 million events per day.

Aura Development Timeline

Idea (4Q 2017)

  • The customer approached us. An action plan was developed once we had a clear understanding of what our new clients wanted.
Proof of

(1Q 2017- 2Q 2017)

  • Multiple visits made to the casino site to get acquainted with all the details.
  • Figured out the Correct technology stack, how to do it and the timeframe for the project. Project costs and probable outcomes were calculated.
  • We developed the brand identity.
  • We registered an SPV for the project.
  • We supplied programming professionals.
  • First working prototype with limited functionality released for testing by the client.

(2Q 2017 - 3Q 2017)

  • Gradually, more than 4000 end devices on 6 systems integrated into Aura on the casino premises.
  • Thorough tests have been conducted during which Aura successfully handled a load of more than 15 million events per day.
  • Fully functional product released and delivered to the customer.

(4Q 2017)

  • Some essential parts of Project documentation with the technical specs handled over to the client.
  • Deployment and integration of Aura completed on the casino’s premises.
  • Casino staff trained on how to use Aura.
  • Legal aspects of the project finalized.
  • The majority partner bought out technology partner stake.
The majority partner bought out technology partner stake in SPV.
Cortex Technology holds exclusive rights for the software product.


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