More than 55 regulators and other dignitaries joined GLI Asia for the grand opening of its GLI Asia Interoperability and Testing Center, the first gaming test lab in the region. The Macau event drew a large mix of dignitaries from across the region and from many aspects of the industry, including suppliers, government officials, operators and regulators.
The GLI Asia Interoperability and Testing Center will serve several regional markets such as mainland China (lottery), Japan, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and other emerging Asian gaming and lottery markets. Many of these markets have already utilized GLI’s services including Macau, China (lottery), Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan.
“Our goal was to have more than just a testing laboratory or a ‘Macau office,’” said Larry Xiao, GLI Asia general manager. “Our goal was to establish an Asian base for GLI, which we now have. From GLI Asia, we serve multiple countries along the Pacific Rim, including their governments, local and international suppliers, as well as the casino and lottery operators.”
Part of the excitement surrounding the new lab is GLI’s agreement with the Macau Polytechnic Institute. GLI Senior Director of Engineering and Client Services Ian Hughes said GLI entered into a memorandum of understanding to work with the Macau Polytechnic Institute to work on joint research projects, to provide training at the Institute, and to cultivate and hire future graduates. “We are proud that our relationship remains strong, and we expect it will be expanded to include other areas of cooperation in the future.”
GLI Asia is staffed with local test engineers providing service mainly to local companies. Xiao said. “We wanted to better serve our customers by establishing a full laboratory that is truly global in resources and local in focus, which is the driving principle of GLI services worldwide.”