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Ameristar Casino St. Charles became the
first casino in Missouri to implement server-
A first
based slot technology when it began testing
the system in conjunction with Missouri
for Gaming regulators and IGT. It consists of 50
gaming machines and is similar to the
same IGT system being tested at Barona
Valley Ranch Resort & Casino in San Diego
and the TI Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Bold claims
sonagamingsystem foundation for a wired or wireless
SONA MOBILE server based gaming solution.
The gaming engine operates on
The Sona Gaming System is a server secure servers in the casino’s data
based software application that deliv- centre. The Sona Gaming System pro-
ers slots, table games, video poker, vides real-time monitoring and game
With more
bingo, and race and sports wagering. play accounting providing a wealth
than ten years
The system consists of server and of information about player activity.
experience in
device software that runs on personal The server uses GLI standard slot-
Sona Mobile is the first
digital assistants (PDA), mobile machine style reports for casino
company in the world to
phones and fixed device terminals. accounting systems.
achieve Gaming Laboratories
With the Sona Gaming System you Sona’s control mechanisms ensure
International GLI-26 certification
can bring your casino’s activity to a play only where authorised; geo-
whole new level by offering real-time, fencing controls prevent access from
for a server based wireless single or multiplayer games to accom- unapproved locations. The system
gaming system and has also
modate an unlimited number of can operate on public carrier net-
received the GLI-21 certification
virtual players. The System can deliver works for those states and countries
claims to be
games on a play-for-free, points or where internet or telephone wager-
for server based gaming.
play-for-pay basis, providing a proven ing are approved. The gaming system
the industry
leader and the
standard for
secure, flexible
ACE Servers
ACE Interactive is at the forefront of a casino gaming ‘paradigm shift’, according to CEO
Michael Koch. Casino Review caught up with Koch to find out what he means and why,
CYBERVIEW when it comes to Server-Based Gaming, his company is holding all the aces.
At its simplest, Department of Defense serveandlolly ogy was born out of expertise
Cyberview’s system and others in government ACE INTERACTIVE and integrity gleaned as
comprises local networks and industry to protect providers to Norway’s ‘Norsk
of gaming machines, each their vital and highly To know where casino gaming Tipping’ Lottery operation as
monitored and controlled sensitive information. might be going, it’s crucial to long ago as 2004. As a result,
centrally. Each network, Indicative of its total know where it, and ACE Inter- ACE Interactive can guaran-
which could be a single dedication to security, the active, are coming from. tee an operational network
casino or multiple sites, company employs a Michael Koch explained: “We 99.9 per cent of the time. Koch
for example, connects to patented, redundant stand at the foothills of one of explained: “The level of
Cyberview’s central system of checks, policies the most technically exciting integrity and security needed
servers, which remotely and procedures which periods in the long history of to run a state lottery provides
dispatch maintenance and provides continuous the casino sector. A consensus the perfect framework on
new software updates, tracking and verification is emerging that standalone which to build server based
including new games. for trusted traceability and video terminals are becoming gaming, where commercial
This core server-based security on every phase of obsolete, a growing agree- success and reliability are
system is built and the cycle from beginning ment that EPROM has a limited intertwined.”
packaged to meet the to end. shelf-life and that, sooner or In terms of where Koch
various needs and Operators have the later, the developed casino sees Aristocrat’s products
specific requirements of ability to change the mix world will employ SBG.” working, his analysis is clear:
particular gaming of games on their Before SBG conquers all “On video slots in the
jurisdictions. Currently, machines either instantly who stand in its way, there is a 9/20/25 line games, the
the company provides or schedule particular period of education needed. casino workhorse, ACE Inter-
fixed odds betting configurations to activate Quite simply, how does it active SBG will allow the
terminals (FOBTs) to at predetermined times work? Koch explained: “ACE retention of old favourites
betting shops and race with the company’s award Interactive’s strapline is ‘Any and a steady stream of new
and sports books, winning Scheduler. As a Game, Any Where, Any Time’ games. Plus, SBG offers an
interactive video lottery result, operators can and this is the mindset needed opportunity for dynamic,
terminals (IVLTs) and target the right games to to understand our proposi- linked features that could
secure interactive video the right player tion. A central computer change from game to game -
lottery terminals (SIVT) to demographic. which can host thousands of as these features are run at
lotteries and slot machine Experimentation of new machines at any one time pro- the server level rather than
gaming terminals to the games and functions can vides a library of games across Koch.“F or operators, the ability minutes, would you like to bet at the gaming machine level.
casino industry. In each be done with ease and at a national or international to constantly change games on on Lewis Hamilton to take For Jackpots, the news is
case, the platform is a low cost. The system is platform. Theoretically, a cus- any terminal depending on the Pole?’ and provide the odds. equally good; our SBG will
adapted for local expandable and tomer could go into any time of day or customer mix, ACE Interactive will also be allow us linkage. As well as
regulations and local transparent allowing casino supplied by an ACE makes much sense. Never will able to offer SBG betting the operator having the
game and cabinet operators to start with a Interactive server and play an operator who uses ACE exchange software that choice of allocating a player
preferences. few machines and any one of 25 games, designed Interactive’s SBG have a player allows customers to offer terminal to a particular
Regardless of which scale up. by ACE and Aristocrat, on any who can’t access their odds to fellow players on mystery or progressive
jurisdiction the system is Billions of transactions terminal at any time of the favourite game (unless their Hamilton’s chances. That’s jackpot, they could nomi-
deployed, key essentials on thousands of gaming day or night.” casino is running at 100 per not even scratching the nate to link individual
remain the same; end-to- machines have been At present, those 25 games cent) every terminal can carry surface of peer-to-peer or players or a particular batch
end security, flexibility processed using are designed by ACE, Aristo- every game. For players, our multi-player gaming; there are of machines together, to
and scalability, experience Cyberview’s system. crat and a third undisclosed technology not only allows 24- very few limits to what ACE share a bonus prize based on
and IP. The company is Covered by numerous company. That portfolio is hour access to their favourite Interactive’s SBG can do.” a tournament or competi-
raising the bar by focusing intellectual property expected to reach 40 next game but to an exciting While ACE Interactive is tion play. In short,
on enhancing critical patents, the Cyberview year, created by a further three number of media applications. giving its new technology a ACE Interactive SBG will give
infrastructure protection Technology system has companies. ACE Interactive For example, say a player purposefully low profile (the the operator an opportunity
even beyond the current been the recipient of a has adopted an open software accesses a machine with a card product will be given a minor to link players and modify
advanced security host of industry awards protocol which allows a wide which contains their profile launch at G2E before being the value of mystery and pro-
standards and products. for innovation. It was the variety of designers to create and cites Formula One as one sent to Gaming Labs Interna- gressive prizes dynamically,
This system follows first in the world to games for its SBG platform. of his or her interests. We can tional), the company is pre- tuning them to the floor
recognised security and achieve Gaming “Accessibility and versatility flag up a message that says ‘Mr. pared to shout a little louder occupancy, and offering a
cryptology standards, the Laboratories International remain central to ACE Interac- Smith, testing at the Japanese when it comes to reliability. truly bewildering array of
same used by the US GLI 21 standard. tive’s SBG vision,” continued Grand Prix starts in fifteen The company’s SBG technol- choices.”
48 December 2007 serverbasedgaming
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