NEW MEMBERS GOLD The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (US) DR Gaming Technology Europe (Belgium) Isle of Capri Casinos (US) SILVER Cadillac Jack (US) Hermes Softlab (Slovenia) AFFILIATE European Casino Association (Belgium) QALab (Australia)
MISSION STATEMENT The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) is an international trade association that creates benefits for gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators, and regulators. We facilitate the identification, definition, development, promotion and implementation of open standards to enable innovation, education, and communication for the benefit of the entire industry.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2010 Lyle BellSeminole Tribe of FloridaChairman Adrian MarcuIGTVice – Chair Rob SiemaskoWMS GamingSecretary Scott NormanBCLCTreasurer Greg DeWittAMX Jim MorrowAristocrat Technologies Walt EiseleBally Technology Melissa PriceHarrah’s Entertainment Steve SutherlandKonami Gaming Bob McKenzieMEI Morrison ReynerNCR Corporation Tom BeauchampPenn National Gaming Don DoucetSpielo Ron MacNeilTechlink Entertainment International
MOVING AT THE SPEED OF BUSINESS Growing support for GSA standards Illinois: must use GSA to communicate with central system – in legislation Maryland, Oregon recommend/require GSA standards in RFP’s Canadian jurisdictions recommend/require GSA standards in RFP’s Austrian Government Belgium gaming board Asia Incorporated GSA Asia Limited Extended our relationship with MPI for another 3 years in Macao Created a new MOU with MPI to support the creation of Gaming Technology Education program in Macao Created additional revenue by supporting knowledge transfer program
OPERATORS DRIVING REQUIREMENTS Operator Advisory Committee (OAC) OAC priorities approved by the BOD S2S download capability (WAN): addressed in S2S v1.6 G2S occupancy meter (WAN): addressed in G2S v2.1 Daylight saving time adjustment (WAN): addressed in G2S v2.1 Audit meters (WAN): addressed in G2S v2.1 Player enrollment: addressed in G2S v2.1 Ability to set play limits: addressed in extension Additional messages to improve player communication: in G2S v2.1 OAC developed workgroups to solve industry issues Informed Player workgroup: focusing on allowing players to make decisions on play: addressed in G2S v2.1 Player User Interface (PUI) workgroup
OPERATORS DRIVING REQUIREMENTS Operator Advisory Committee (OAC) OAC commissioned a Study for GSA protocols in a WAN environment Radical Blue Gaming Study shows G2S to be suitable for WAN environment Study based on current operator requirements G2S bandwidth calculated from user requirements GTECH bandwidth study shows G2S to be suitable for WAN environment Study based on actual data from a WAN operation Bandwidth usage derived from GTECH DXS protocol – to - G2S protocol conversion.
OPERATORS DRIVING REQUIREMENTS Operator Advisory Committee (OAC) Operators are opening new territory for GSA standards GSA Board approved an evaluation of PUI templates Templates provide common look and feel across different manufacturer’s platforms Templates can reduce the support requirements for manufacturers Allows for certification of template implementation GSA BOD approved an evaluation of the concept of Display capability sets Defined sets of software (browser, Flash, plug-ins, etc) that facilitate the function of the PUI Provided easier development of operator or third party PUI content development Reduces support requirements for manufacturers
TECHNICAL COMMITTEES Game To System - Stability VerErrat a Re l CommentsCert 1.03YFoundational Standard (released April 2007) Q new functionality + clarifications Address regulatory concern re reel tilt reporting Improved download and configuration control Y1.0 + new functionality + clarifications Device configuration class Bug fixes and enhancements manufacturers extensions + new functionality + clarifications Include OAC functionality Address regulatory concern re reel tilt reporting Improved download and configuration control Device configuration class Bug fixes and enhancements 2.1
TECHNICAL COMMITTEES Game To System – G2S Extensions G2S 2010 Extensions to v1.0.3 provide new capability quickly Extension 1F provides remote cash out capability (WAN Support) Extension 1G provides informed player support to allow for players to make decisions on game play Extension 1H adds pause, resume and abort capabilities for software download (WAN support) Extension 1I adds enhanced remote game configuration capabilities
TECHNICAL COMMITTEES Game To System - G2S v2.1 v2.1 in development Incorporates current Operator committee requirements: Audit meters Occupancy meter Remotely set daylight savings time changes Provide support for Informed Player Choice programs Support for PUI Incorporate all existing extensions for WAN and Casino operations
TECHNICAL COMMITTEES Game To System - S2S Roadmap VerErrRelCommentsCert 1.42Y1.0 + new functionality + clarifications Service Discovery to automatically configure S2S servers PropertyInfoclass allows an operator to standardize information across multiple properties Employee class consolidates employee information InformedPlayer class provides the ability to provided player activity to a central system for analysis Hotel reservation class allows the hotel system to send a player’s reservation information to a CMS Q new functionality + clarifications Sets the foundation for future S2S development Service discovery 1.6 S2S Download (OAC) SDDP Development
TECHNICAL COMMITTEES System to System – S2S Architectural committee decided to progressively change S2S v1.4 released to member comments Multiple technical improvements New tax form class to automate form completion Incorporate existing extensions (GAT / financialTransaction classes) v1.5 in development Updated classes to be more extensible and easier to maintain New service discovery feature (server info assets and requirements)
TECHNICAL COMMITTEES Gaming Device Standard - GDS Game Device Standard (GDS) GDS certification targeted for Q1/2011 Added new connector Type for integral devices Non-ASCII character support Ability to indicate international character support Ability to expose more device capabilities to EGM
TECHNICAL COMMITTEES Certification Program G2S EGM certification for v1.0.3 completed Host certification for v1.0.3 completed S2S Certification for v1.2.6 completed (2009) Certification for v1.3.1 completed (2009) Certification for v1.4.1/1.4.2 completed Transport Point to Point certification program completed Multicast certification program completed GDS GDS certification program (targeted Q1/2011)
2011 KEY GOALS
1.Complete certification of standards – DONE! 2.Increase operator awareness and involvement 3.Encourage adoption 4.Educate regulators on the value of GSA certification 5.Expand standards functionality to address operator requirements 6.Collaborate with other industry associations like HTNG
What is the industry saying about GSA?
Operators “With GSA standards, we no longer have to spend time and money creating IT ‘fixes’ and ‘patches’ try to get proprietary protocols to talk to each other. We can now redirect those savings to better serve our customers” Lyle Bell - Seminole Tribe of Florida
Regulators ”We specify GSA standards because they give us improved monitoring capabilities, including remote software validation, direct machine access and enhanced encrypted information exchange. We see it as a benefit for both operators and the vendors since we can better focus our development efforts on serving our customers by offering them a wider array of games and entertainment experiences based on G2S protocols rather than having to spend time and money on writing to proprietary protocols." Cornell Balagot - Video Product Manager, Oregon Lottery
Suppliers “The fact remains that our customers have many other entertainment options besides gaming, however the GSA standards empower us to develop floor-wide products and applications that can create new exciting and entertaining experiences not currently available on the casino floor.“ Rob Siemasko - VP Product Development, WMS Gaming
KEYNOTE Scott Voeller Vice President of Brand Strategy and Advertising MGM MIRAGE