MEI SETS DIRECTION FOR NEXT-GENERATION BILL ACCEPTOR
MEI has introduced the product enhancements that will define the next generation of its CASHFLOW SC bill acceptor. The resulting benefits will further raise the bar of performance expectations in the metrics that matter most – driving improvements in both the player experience and operator profitability.
“CASHFLOW SC has been embraced by the industry since its introduction in 2002, establishing itself as the industry leader that other bill acceptors are now measured against,” said Tom Nugent, president, gaming and retail. “The next generation is evolutionary. The path forward is clear – to apply new technology and market knowledge to make a great product even better.”
Momentum driven by satisfied customers has grown globally – resulting in a ship share for the product of more than 90 percent of games sold for US casino openings and expansions, as well as the acceptor being specified in all slot machines selected for the two Singapore properties opening in 2010, the company said.
“CASHFLOW SC’s success in the marketplace proves that operators have embraced the value of improved acceptance, jam rate, security and cost of operation,” Nugent said. “The industry will be thrilled the next generation because it successfully balances the need for progress with the comfort of knowing CASHFLOW SC has not strayed from its winning formula.”
Increased value created by the next generation CASHFLOW SC is highlighted by the following enhancements:
*An improved recognition system, which provides proactive security by utilizing transmissive sensors to see all the way through notes in multiple wavelengths.
*Faster bill-to-bill speed, which will upgrade the player experience and speed up transactions to expand throughput.
*Expanded memory, which will limit part numbers and submissions by allowing more notes to be recognized in a specific release of firmware.
*Comprehensive barcode recognition, which processes barcode coupons in all four directions and improves acceptance on multi-width currencies.
*Upgrade to USB 2.0, which speeds up communications with the host machine and even potentially expands functionality.
Because the enhancements are localized to the acceptor head, the next generation product can work hand-in-hand with legacy CASHFLOW SC units already in the field. This capability is facilitated by intelligent support tools that will be able to sense the product version and provide the appropriate software.
“It was very important for us to reward past investment in CASHFLOW SC by creating a new product that can operate in concert with the existing field base,” Nugent said. “This is consistent with our focus on adding value by lowering our customers’ operational costs and helping them to maximize precious capital.”
Development on the next generation CASHFLOW SC product is well under way. MEI is planning to begin delivering samples to OEMs for testing mid-year. Depending on the speed of testing and jurisdictional approvals, the new product could be in production by the end of 2010.