News and notes from the regulatory side

GLIlink earns spot on Top 20 list

Gaming Laboratories International has earned distinction on one of the gaming industry’s most coveted awards lists – Casino Journal’s Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technologies.

Its GLI Link brings global interoperability testing as close as the nearest lab.

With GLI Link, suppliers can test devices against systems for interoperability over the internet, with no physical shipping of devices.

Making sure that games and systems talk to each other correctly and give accurate reporting of casino activity is absolutely vital to ensure accurate transfer of information, including accounting and security events, and more and more jurisdictions are requiring this type of testing. However, shipping devices and systems all over the world can be cumbersome, expensive and delay time to market. To solve that problem, GLI’s engineers created GLI Link.

GLI Link connects manufacturers’ products and operators’ systems online, and expands interoperability testing to every GLI lab. With GLI Link, interoperability testing can performed on any game with virtually any system from any GLI lab in any time zone. With GLI Link, suppliers can test against specific casino configurations in their local lab, in their own time zone. GLI Link eliminates wasted time and cost and streamlines the testing process.

GLI official speaks to Brazilian officials about technology's role in ensuring regulatory aims

Gaming Laboratories International official Ian Hughes appeared in March before the Diputados of the Congress of Brazil.

“We are not here today to advocate or express whether gaming should exist in Brazil,” said Hughes, senior director of engineering and client services. “We are a global technology company that provides testing services and advises governments on how technology can be used to ensure regulatory objectives are met. We are neutral and independent.”

GLI has been active in Latin America for years, and works with regulators in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru. Hughes summarized GLI’s extensive global experience working directly for and on behalf of government regulatory and statutory bodies in 13 laboratories, including two in Latin America.

He outlined GLI’s testing capabilities, including mathematics, random number generators, communication technology, hardware and software architecture and security. He also emphasized GLI’s staff experience and capabilities.

“Technology is key to protecting the interests of government and its citizens and through which almost anything is possible. It is in the jurisdictional power to use the technical means and establish the necessary technical requirements for the gaming industry to comply, to be able to maintain, supervise and control activity,” Hughes told the officials.

GLI promotes Dan Lewis to engineering director

Gaming Laboratories International has promoted Dan Lewis to director of engineering.

Lewis has been with GLI for seven years as the company’s technical devices manager in the Las Vegas Lab, overseeing the intricate process of device testing. In his new position, Lewis will direct all engineering effort in the Las Vegas Lab and will report directly to Ian Hughes, senior director of engineering & client services.

“We are thrilled that Dan has accepted this new position as director of engineering,” Hughes said. “Over the past seven years, Dan has proven himself to be an invaluable team member and team leader, and our customers can continue to feel confident that only the best engineers are testing devices and systems.”

Lewis has an extensive engineering background including engineering support for business application systems, CAE, CAD and CAM products; systems software quality assurance; writing application software; and project management directing new products through agency testing for FCC and UL.

In business for more than 20 years, Gaming Laboratories International has 13 testing laboratories spread across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and the United States.

BMM official indicates company anticipates expanding in Europe

BMM Compliance President and CEO Martin Storm has indicated that the company may expand in Europe this year.

Storm’s comments came in a news release about BMM Compliance’s successful showing at the International Gaming Expo in London earlier this year. “It was a pleasure to be in London once again for Europe’s largest gaming event,” he said. “We look forward to coming here every year. IGE is ideal for catching up with our key clients, but more importantly the show gives us an opportunity to present ourselves to a wide variety of gaming industry participants.

“In 2010 BMM anticipates expanding further into Europe through our offices in Spain and Austria, as more and more jurisdictions are recognizing the quality of our work and our excellent customer service,” Storm said.

In 1981, BMM Compliance provides product testing, certification, consultation and technical expertise to the global gaming industry.

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GLI Europe holds 6th annual Regulator Roundtable

GLI Europe recently held its 6th Regulators Roundtable in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

The event, held April 15-16 at the Carlton Square Hotel, featured several presentations and panel discussions, as well as a tour of the GLI Europe Lab and a cocktail reception.

Presentations covered topics such as “Automated Table Games - Slot Machines or Not?” and “VLT Systems - The Italian Example and Potential.”

Others focused on Internet gaming policy and regulation; street AWPs/low price machines; technology and tools for control of Internet gaming; and communication protocols.