Lab Notes

GLI Asia lab receives important testing accreditation

Gaming Laboratories International’s GLI Asia laboratory was the first full gaming testing lab in Macau, and now the lab has achieved another important milestone, becoming the first and only gaming test lab in the region to achieve accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for ISO/ISE 17025:2005. The scope accredits GLI in software and hardware tests or types of tests on electronic gaming devices, including Internet gaming.

Ian Hughes, GLI senior director of engineering and client services, called the accreditation a major achievement and said receiving such accreditation “proves that GLI meets the very highest international standards, and that means our regulatory and supplier clients can trust GLI for testing that is accurate, thorough and independent.”

Earlier this year, GLI attained new accreditations for its labs in the United States and the Netherlands for ISO/IEC Guide 65. GLI was the first lab of its kind and remains the only such organization to achieve accreditation for ISO 17025 and 17020.

According to its website, A2LA is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, public service, membership society. A2LA provides comprehensive services in laboratory accreditation and laboratory-related training. Laboratory accreditation is based on internationally accepted criteria for competence (ISO/IEC 17025:2005).

For more than 20 years, Gaming Laboratories International has been a leader in providing independent testing, inspection and certification services to the gaming industry. With 15 laboratories spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America, GLI is the only global organization of its kind to hold U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020 and Guide 65 standards for technical competence in the gaming industry.

BMM Compliance wins primary provider contract with ALC

BMM Compliance is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as the primary service provider to the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) for certification services of all of its gaming products. This agreement will create a partnership between the ALC and BMM through to the year 2016.

BMM Compliance Global President and CEO Martin Storm said BMM is delighted by the selection as ALC’s primary certification provider.

“The four Atlantic provincial governments established the Atlantic Lottery for all Atlantic Canadians,” he said. “Our acknowledged certification expertise in video lottery terminals and advanced technologies will enable us to support the ALC in its important expansion plans over the next five years….”

BMM Compliance has been servicing the Atlantic Lottery Corporation as a secondary provider for the last five years and is excited to have been awarded the primary service provider position. The decision was made based on a formal RFP that was reviewed by the ALC earlier this year.

Alaisdar Graham, executive vice president, operations with Atlantic Lottery, said the lottery was pleased to be working with BMM Compliance. “We look forward to receiving their independent and unbiased consultations so that we can continue to offer our players [the] safest products in a regulated environment.”

BMM Compliance offers insight, expertise, testing, customized training and education for gaming compliance issues affecting manufacturers, operators and regulators in the gaming industry. BMM’s global compliance expertise and commitment to innovation and quality are the foundation of its growing client partnerships worldwide.

BMM is headquartered in Las Vegas (United States), with offices in Lima,(Peru), Midrand (South Africa), Graz (Austria), Barcelona (Spain), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Singapore, Macau and South Korea.

S.D. Lottery, GLI renew longtime exclusive contract

Since 1989, the South Dakota Lottery has exclusively trusted its lottery device and system testing to Gaming Laboratories International. Now the South Dakota Lottery has renewed its exclusive testing contract with GLI.

“The South Dakota Lottery is one of the most highly regulated lotteries in North America and one of the most closely scrutinized agencies in South Dakota state government,” said Lottery Executive Director Norm Lingle. “We have an intricate system of checks and balances that involves every branch of our state government, and GLI’s testing capabilities help to keep that balance and maintain the public trust that is essential for a lottery’s success.”

Andy Comer, GLI senior director of corporate compliance, noted that GLI’s relationship with the South Dakota Lottery is long-standing and important to GLI. “The South Dakota Lottery is world-renowned and respected for its stringent standards, and we are thrilled that, being free to choose any testing lab in the world, the Lottery has chosen to continue its exclusive relationship with GLI.”

GLI has a separate contract with the South Dakota Commission on Gaming to provide comprehensive testing on a wide variety of gaming equipment including slots, systems and peripheral equipment. The contracts with the South Dakota Commission on Gaming and the South Dakota Lottery were the first contracts in GLI’s history, which has since grown to more than 450 jurisdictions globally.