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Thumbs up — or at least on the scanner — for Panorama Towers

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Steve Marcus

Security Director River Polson demonstrates a finger print scanner as he makes access to a fitness room during a hi-tech security tour of the Panorama Towers Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The fingerprint scanners improve security and add convenience for residents who no longer need to cary keys or keycards to access common areas, he said. The tour was held in conjunction with the International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) taking place at the Sands Expo Center.

Panorama Towers Security Tour

Christian Petrou, CEO and founder of Rvnue Technologies, poses in the Security Operations Center before a hi-tech security tour of the Panorama Towers Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Petrou designed the security system at the condo towers. The tour was held in conjunction with the International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West)  taking place at the Sands Expo Center. Launch slideshow »

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The Panorama Towers condo project offers high-rise luxury living near the Strip.

It also offers high-level security with dozens of cameras, video-phones and fingerprint scanners.

The 33- and 34-story towers on Dean Martin Drive once had 23 cameras scattered around the place, with another eight in the elevators. Now, thanks to a new system by consultant Christian Petrou, there are 80 cameras, with at least three more on the way.

Petrou, hired in 2010 by the homeowners association board, also brought "biometric," or fingerprint, scanners to common areas such as the gym, parking garage and lobby.

But the towers don't rely solely on high-tech gadgets to keep things safe. There also are more than two dozen security personnel, who are led by Security Director River Polson, a 31-year-old former marine.

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