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Material luxury marries
high technology
The VIPs that help make casinos profitable demand the best and
most stylish equipment to play on. Abbiati has long set the
Giorgio Abbiati with the
new Corian and wood
benchmark and now it is expanding the range of materials it works
composite and other
with to provide even more inspiration.
materials in the range
shiningthrough The company is never Great Canadian for their VIP
ABBIATI CASINO EQUIPMENT afraid to try out new things rooms in British Columbia
and has also created a and also for a new casino in
Italian is a byword for style, roulette wheel out of carbon Romania, which was con-
something that Abbiati fibre, the light and strong firmed in the week before
Casino Equipment proves at material used in the con- the show. Since September
every turn. Its latest prod- struction of F1 cars among things have been moving
ucts include a range of best other things, which is also again with orders for five
quality composite materials packed with other Abbiati cruise ships this year with
that it will use in the design technology including its dis- more to come.”
and construction of its creet and fast laser sensor Commercial director
higher end tables. linked to brand new 29-inch Terry Clarke added: “There
Abbiati has married display, crystal clear and six are not the same financial
DuPont’s super plastic inches larger than the stan- restraints for operators at
Corian with fine woods, dard display. the top end. And they are also
such as walnut, ebony and Abbiati was showing its realising the benefits of
mahogany, and optical fibres products on the stand taken moving up the quality scale
to develop a material that by Alfastreet, with which the in terms of attractiveness and
when backlit with LED light- company enjoys an informal durability - this is something
ing creates a stunning effect. but mutually beneficial rela- we have seen in Romania in
Other materials can also tionship. Abbiati’s live particular.”
be used in the sandwich, wheels can connect to Alf- Abbiati’s product range
such as marble, silver street’s electronic roulette extends across the whole of
and chrome. system to offer operators and table gaming, through RFID
“The new materials come players more choice. chips and other accessories
in depths of between 10mm The quality of its products and now to playing cards:
and 60mm, which means has helped Abbiati ride the the company last year signed
they can be used in great new recession in style: “We a distribution deal with
designs for our tables,” said haven’t seen and real down- Gemaco for both its 100 per
doyen of the company Gio- turn in the last year,” said cent plastic and its plastic
vanni Abbiati. “They are Giorgio Abbiati. “In fact this coated paper cards. “That
expensive, so these wonder- year, we will see growth over deal has now started to bear
ful materials will be used only last year. We are still winning fruit in the last few months,”
on our best tables.” large orders, such as with said Clarke.
Time to save energy
Bigger board,
on the slot floor
timerissues such as JackpotJunction
GAMING SUPPORT XL, which helps communi-
cate jackpot levels and wins
One of the biggest expenses using all the media available
a casino faces is its energy on the gaming floor and
bill: operations with large beyond, driving play and
numbers of slot machines promoting the celebrations.
Heber’s technical support
use a lot of electricity. Aside It has just been installed in
manager (l) with managing
from just not being fashion- City of Dreams in Macau.
director Les Ashton-Smith
able any more, in purely The company has also
business terms, it makes released a new member of interiorflexibility minimum of five year in pro-
sense to trim costs where Don Baugh of its BaseSys gaming man- HEBER duction.
you can.
Gaming Support
agement system family, The development kit offers
This is where Gaming
with the new
BaseSys Navigator, which Gaming controller manufac- a full suite of software drivers
Support’s SlotTimer can
allows operators to manage turer Heber launched its new for both Windows XPe and
really save an operator jackpots, update setting, Nucleus N1000 series board at Linux.
money. “Casinos that close He added: “It’s designed Timer across its entire oper- emphasise jackpot values G2E to complement the N500 “There are a lot more
for part of the day can’t nor- by slot managers for slot ation of 7,200 machines on and trigger special effects, released last year. peripheral controllers on this
mally just switch off the managers, so every angle is 14 sites. all from a PC. The system The board features the board,” said technical support
power without the risk of covered. The maths is The company is also con- can cope with hundreds or groundbreaking Intel GM45 manager Richard Horne. “They
blowing monitors or creating simple and the savings are tinuing to promote its inno- thousands of slot machines chipset combined with the will deal with additional top-
blackspots in the audit trail,” huge. These days every cent vative BonusBox, which and can route jackpot data Scalable Celeron and Centrino boxes, digital signage and illu-
said Don Baugh, CEO and counts.” offers instant prizes on to LED displays and media Core 2 Duo CPU options with mination boards.”
general manager of Gaming The small add-on unit banks of machines, such as systems for high-impact pro- I/O design. Enabling direct or Heber now implements the
Support USA. SlotTimer allows both daily and weekly cash, mobile phones, MP3 motion. It can also manage backplane connections it SAS 6.0 protocols on all plat-
means operators can power programming, switches players, even the keys to a up to eight jackpot triggers allows designers flexibility forms for the US with a new
down their machines effort- automatically to and from car. BonusBox received GLI for each jackpot level, every- inside the cabinet and indus- suite of software called Mon-
lessly saving thousands in daylight savings time and is approval in May. thing from standard PA trial components ensure a long eyManager: it can now link up
the process and keeps the accurate to within 1s per Gaming Support is known systems and displays to operational life and are backed peripherals from any OEM,
power leads to the machines day. In the summer, Holland particularly for its signage, confetti canons, animatron- by the Intel embedded which can shorten develop-
and the systems separate.” Casinos is installing Slot- media and jackpot systems, ics and pyrotechnics. roadmap that guarantees a ment time considerably.
46 January 2010 • G2ereport
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