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Energy and synergy
evident on GPI stand
Bringing three huge gaming brands under one international umbrella was not an
easy process and Gaming Partners International experienced some heavy weather
afterwards. The strength of its product offering and R&D brought it through to
sunnier skies, however - as demonstrated in Las Vegas.
Gaming Partners Interna-
tional (GPI) had a spring in its
step at G2e with a full range of
enabled Easitrax
RFID products on display, at
from MEI enables
both 125KHz and 13.56MHz
instant recording
frequencies with new appli- of the cashbox
cations available for both.
“The market can now see
that we are offering products
with both the low and high
Keeping trax
frequencies,” said marketing
manager Christophe Lep-
aroux. “Operators can get the
of the cash
hardware, the software and
the chips all in one place.”
Both systems have their ValidateToAccumulate Count, which uses an RFID tag
pros and cons, with the issue MEI on the cashbox combined with
of price versus functionality an antenna board on the valida-
at the heart of the matter: “I don’t think we’re the market tor (both easily retrofittable) plus
where the prime concern is leader we’re sure we are,” said a reader back in the count room.
security and chip tracking par- Andy Reichlin, MEI’s director of The system comes programmed
ticularly in the cage, 125KHz marketing for the gaming indus- to provide instant reports on the
technology meets all the try. “We have been offering our acceptance rate of what’s in the
requirements at a lower cost. Value-added Trials to casinos cashbox, a currency report on
But this version of the tech- for a few years now and that has how many of what bills are in
nology also offers plenty of really been successful in that each box and a percentage of
power for customer facing
Christophe Leparoux with the
these operators are finding a the denominations over time, a
applications, such as an RFID- new fast roulette display new respect for what our bill drop status report that helps to
enabled poker table. validators can do and how they manage daily collections, jam
The increased speed and can improve their security, busi- reports and a version report that
power allows the 13.56MHZ plaques, GPI has been con- again improving security and durable layout of any on the ness processes and revenues. ensures each validator has up-
technology to perform at centrating hard on the RFID business intelligence.” market at the moment.” The information gathered in to-date software.
speed for high end applica- sector, releasing a steady GPI is branching out a little, The company has also these peripherals is now being This year, it has added some
tions such as player tracking stream of new applications offering tried and tested prod- launched a brand new roulette used to improve the drop new products to its range,
at tables, but it comes at a including, this year, an inter- ucts developed and success- display, which is quick - “Very process and increase asset effi- including the Cashflow Sphinx.
greater cost. face between video surveil- fully marketed by the quick!” according to Leparoux ciency. And that’s just the tip of “This is a product that a casino
“Operators in Las Vegas are lance systems and chip constituent divisions in world- - and which can deal with the iceberg.” operator asked us to develop
taking up the technology readers, where chip amounts wide markets. double-zero wheels as easily MEI’s range of products for for the cage,” said Reichlin. “It’s
quickly now,” said Leparoux. as registered by the reader are A case in point is the FX as the single-zero wheels more the casino industry is founded a bill validator without a
“Wynn Las Vegas and the new recorded along with the visual layout, part of the Paulson favoured in Europe. on the Cashflow SC validator cashbox: until now cashiers
Encore just opening, Planet images, vastly improving secu- product suite for some time. “We’ve always had a full which the company says offers have had to rely on much less
Hollywood, Bellagio and the rity and tracking and effec- The synthetic layout is range of products,” said Lep- unrivalled acceptance rates, technical ways of validating bills
brand new Alicante Station tively preventing collusion. extremely durable and has aroux. “We are still supplying jam performance and ease of in the cage. The Sphinx allows
have all installed security and “We have also begun a col- proven very popular in Ameri- tables and wheels in Europe, use. Last year it added RFID instant and secure validation
cage applications using laboration with JCM that can casinos. for example, but we want to technology to the mix to enable that is fast, completely accessi-
125KHz RFID. At Foxwoods, allows us to connect the chip “We are now starting to sell make more use of the syner- casinos to monitor closely ble and reliable.”
they have chosen RFID appli- tray with their table bill val- this in Europe,” said Leparoux. gies between all the compo- cashbox security, collect and MEI is also bringing across a
cations at the higher fre- idator,” said Leparoux. “It “For operators looking to keep nents of the company. We are analyse data on the drop and bulk note feeder from its retail
quency.” means that chips in the chip control of their costs, it’s a great now looking closer at other speed up the soft count range, which the company
In addition to its core busi- tray can be constantly product with great potential - available products that will do process. believes will find an application
ness of gaming chips and checked against the drop, we firmly believe it is the most well in other markets.” The result is Easitrax Soft on table games.
Borden and the Beanstalk
quality for signs
highresolution applications with just a few
HARRIS DIGITAL SIGNAGE signs to those with hundreds Taiwanese slot manufac-
that require scheduled and tar- turer Borden Technology
Digital signs are a standard geted content. But it’s the was adding Beanstalk to a
feature of many gaming floors quality of the graphics that set it slot range which already
these days but Harris Digital apart - high resolution digital includes games such as
Signage believes that its Info- video effects that designers can Huga and Pan Jin Liam.
Caster really sets it apart from use to maximise the impact.” Beanstalk is a slot depic-
others in the field. Harris’s equipment and tion of the Jack and the
“We are the only one with software is aimed primarily at Beanstalk story with bonus
broadcast quality equipment, resellers who provide solu- rounds seeing Jack having
the same that the TV company tions and content for the to pit his wits against the
CBC used to broadcast the casino industry. It has already giant to win riches for the
Stanley Cup,” said the seen its system installed in player. Borden Technology’s
company’s Fred Ramsey. “It the world’s biggest casino, Monica Chiang and Serena
offers complete scalability for the Venetian Macau. Huang are pictured here.
48 January 2009 • G2ereport
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