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Title: Macau PolyTech Meeting


1
Macau PolyTech Meeting
  • November 19, 2007

2
Platinum Members
3
Agenda
  • Welcome
  • GSA Orientation
  • Industry Update
  • Technology Overview
  • Next Steps
  • Closing Remarks

4
Who Are We?
  • GSA is a non-profit organization established in
    May 1998
  • GSA is affiliated with
  • UNLV
  • Australian Gaming Machine Manufacturers
    Association
  • Macau Polytechnic Institute
  • GSA is an international organization of gaming
    manufacturers, suppliers, operators, vendors
  • Currently a total of 72 members
  • GSA is funded through corporate membership dues

5
Vision and Mission Statement
  • Vision
  • To be the leading standards forum that creates
    value by facilitating innovation and efficiencies
    for the gaming community
  • Mission
  • 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.
  • Value
  • We will operate with integrity, fairness and
    transparency
  • We believe that open standards benefit our
    industry because they provide speed to market,
    innovation, value and extended useful life

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Global Membership
7
Membership Composition
8
Membership Growth
9
2007 Board Of Directors
  • Chair Lyle Bell Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Vice Chair Randy Hedrick IGT
  • Secretary Don Karrer Penn National Gaming
  • Treasurer Bob Sobczyk Ameristar Casinos
  • Jim Morrow Aristocrat Technologies
  • Ken Bossingham Atronic Americas
  • Ramesh Srinivasan Bally Technologies
  • Derrik Khoo Sin Huat E-Genting Holdings
  • Tim Stanley Harrahs Entertainment
  • Steve Sutherland Konami Gaming
  • Jon Berkley Las Vegas Gaming
  • Tom Peck MGM Mirage
  • Brendan OConnor Multimedia Games
  • Tom Galanty Progressive Gaming
  • Rob Siemasko WMS Gaming
  • John Hilbert Future Logic
  • Bob McKenzie MEI

10
Organizational Structure
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Membership
  • Voting members
  • Platinum annual dues 80,250
  • Gold annual dues 32,100
  • Non-voting members
  • Silver annual dues 21,400
  • Board
  • 15 voting seats 11 reserved for platinum and 4
    at large (platinum gold)
  • The 11 seats reserved for Platinum members are
    elected for a 2 year term
  • The remaining 4 seats are elected for a 1 year
    term
  • Any Platinum member can attend board meetings
  • Committee participation
  • All members can participate in committee meetings
  • Only voting members can chair a committee
  • Only voting members can vote on standards

12
Expenditure Breakdown 2007
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Education Certification
  • GSA sponsored G2S Certified Engineer program with
    UNLV
  • GSA provided a 1.1M grant to UNLV
  • Program was developed
  • First two classes completed 16 G2E certificates
    issued
  • Started development of the S2S Certified Engineer
    Program
  • GSA has enhanced its certification program to be
    International by adopting an ISO 17025
    requirement for recognized Testing Laboratories

14
Program Schedule 2008
Jan 14 Overview of the G2S Protocol GSA 010 GSA 110
Jan 15 - 18 Basic Game Play with G2S GSA 111
Jan 28 Feb 01 Advanced Topics in G2S GSA 112
Feb 12 An Executive Briefing on GSA Protocols GSA 001
Feb 13 An Executive Overview of G2S GSA 010
Feb 26 An Executive Overview of S2S GSA 020
Mar 04 An Executive Overview of Transport and Security GSA 030 GSA 130
Mar 05 - 07 Advanced Transport and Security Protocol GSA 131
Mar 10 Overview of the G2S Protocol GSA 010 GSA 110
Mar 11 - 14 Basic Game Play with G2S GSA 111
Mar 24 - 28 Advanced Topics in G2S GSA 112
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Industry Recognition
  • Jan 05, 2007 Global Gaming Business
  • G2S Top honors as Best Productivity- Enhancement
    Technology
  • Jan 22, 2007 - IGWB
  • G2S one of the top 3 gaming products of the year
  • Apr 25, 2007 Casino Enterprise Management
  • G2S Slot Floor Technology Award
  • May 3, 2007 - UNLV
  • The UNLV foundation honors Gaming Standards
    Association with membership in The Benefactor
    Society of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • May 24, 2007 Casino Journal
  • G2S Silver award in top 20 most innovative
    gaming products of the year 2006

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2007 Achievements
  • Developed a Sunset strategy for SAS
  • Demonstrated GSA Standards Interoperability at
    G2E
  • Developed UNLV GSA Certified Engineer Program
  • Established liaisons with regulator communities
    US, South Africa, Australia
  • Continued to improve standards to support
    business needs - organized operator forums and
    established Operators Advisory Committee
  • Established board subcommittees (certification,
    marketing)
  • Continuing development of a world-class
    certification process
  • GSA has enhanced its certification program to be
    International by adopting an ISO 17025
    requirement for recognized Testing Laboratories
  • International committee meetings Europe / Asia

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Key 2008 Goals
  • S2S Standard Update
  • Hire an S2S Technical Director
  • Ensure a Single Toolkit for G2S Standard
  • Provide a subsidized toolkit to regulators
  • Drive international adoption of standards
  • Partner with MPI knowledge transfer, adoption of
    standards
  • Australia, South Africa adoption of standards
  • Continue to support key GSA programs
  • Certification
  • Education (UNLV)
  • Provide Toolkit Subsidy for Governmental agencies

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Expenditure breakdown 2008
20
Industry Update
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GSA Technology A Quick Overview
23
Standard Development Process
24
GSA Technology
  • S2S System to System
  • G2S Game to System
  • GDS Gaming Device Standards (8 standards)
  • Transport Standard - Point to Point
  • Transport Standard - Multi - Cast

25
Standards Drive Business Value
26
Gaming Today
27
Gaming with GSA Standards
28
Break
29
GSA Technology More Details
  • Russ Ristine
  • Radical Blue Gaming

30
GSAs 3 Protocols
S2S
Configuration
Kiosks
G2S
GDS
Coin Acceptor
S2S
Player Tracking
Coin Hopper
Point of Sale
Game Control
S2S
Note Acceptor
Advanced Slot Accounting
Coin/Bill Counters
Printer
S2S
Touch Screen
Class II Servers
Progressive
S2S
EGM
Host Systems and other S2S devices
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Agenda
  • GDS GSAs Gaming Device Standard
  • G2S GSAs Game To System Protocol
  • Changes to the slot floor network
  • S2S GSAs System To System Protocol

32
Gaming Device Standard (GDS) Protocol
Coin Acceptor
GDS
Coin Hopper
Game Control
Note Acceptor
Printer
Touch Screen
EGM to Peripherals protocol
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Benefits of GDS
  • Standardizes communications between EGM and its
    peripheral devices
  • Easily change between peripherals from different
    vendors
  • Plug and Play USB communication
  • Peripheral device provides detailed information
    to EGM
  • This info can then be forwarded to host systems
    (via G2S)
  • Device commands (and code) can be sent from host
    systems through the EGM to peripheral devices

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Agenda
  • GDS GSAs Gaming Device Standard
  • G2S GSAs Game To System Protocol
  • Changes to the slot floor network
  • S2S GSAs System To System Protocol

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Game To System (G2S) Protocol
Code Download
G2S
Coin Acceptor
Player Tracking
Coin Hopper
Game Control
Slot Accounting
Note Acceptor
Printer
Progressives
Touch Screen
Configuration
EGM
Host Systems
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What is G2S?
  • Current Status
  • Protocol definition complete
  • Manufacturers are demonstrating interoperability
  • 3rd Party development and test tools are
    available
  • Certification program in development
  • UNLV Certified Engineer Program

GSA develops BOB
Agree to merge protocols
G2S is born The best of both!
IGT develops SuperSAS
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What Is G2S?
  • The gaming industrys protocol for networked
    casino floors (Games to Servers)
  • Based on current, proven technology standards
    XML, SOAP, Web Services, etc.
  • Expandable from low-speed (EGM and SMIB over a
    serial link) to very high-speed communications
    (EGM to multiple back-end servers over Ethernet)
  • Consists of three independent components
  • G2S Message Standards (The contents of the
    messages)
  • Standards for Transport (XML over TCP/IP using
    SOAP)
  • Standards for Security (SSL - just like the
    Internet)

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Here is what is on the gaming floor today...
Looks like hex to me
39
A G2S Meter Request
A little easier to understand
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Why do we need a new protocol?
  • Current protocols are fine for EGM to SMIB
    communications
  • Challenge is expanding beyond current model
  • EGM Configuration and Code download are coming
  • Can expand by adding additional wiring to your
    floor
  • New features must work with your existing system
  • It would be nice if all games and systems spoke
    the same language in this new world

41
G2S Promotes Innovation
  • Each EGM has a list of legitimate hosts and can
    talk to multiple servers
  • Event and Meter subscriptions allow any host to
    subscribe to the specific information they need
  • Operators can try out new products to see if
    they like them
  • All communications use web services same as on
    the Internet (XML, SOAP, TCP/IP, SSL)

42
Slot Analysis Benefit
  • Which themes / paytables are most popular?
  • Which denominations are most popular when?
  • Make changes remotely, then use this data for
    impact analysis
  • gamePlay device meters include all performance
    meters by theme/paytable combination
  • Class meters accumulate the totals for the EGM

43
Marketing benefits
  • Direct access to slot performance data
  • Direct messaging to players
  • Interval ratings by time and game change
  • Complete countdown and bonus point support
  • Subscriptions enable real-time access to EGM
    events for any server

44
Remote Configuration
  • Make changes from your desk or via a schedule (no
    more trips to every EGM)
  • Access most parameters you now configure via the
    operator screens in the EGM
  • Use software that is already on the casino floor,
    or will be available as an upgrade to most EGMs
  • G2S can now configure gamePlay, cabinet, note
    acceptors and enable vouchers, progressives,
    bonus, WAT, and player functions

45
G2S Certification
  • The G2S Certification program is designed to
    minimize interoperability problems
  • With Certification testing, there is only one
    correct interpretation of the protocol for all
    EGMs and Systems
  • Feedback loop from Operators will ensure the
    Certification program remains viable (and
    relevant)

46
Agenda
  • GDS GSAs Gaming Device Standard
  • G2S GSAs Game To System Protocol
  • Changes to the slot floor network
  • S2S GSAs System To System Protocol

47
Slot Floor Network - Today
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Moving forward
  • First Goal remotely configure EGMs with G2S
  • If only doing configuration, a second connection
    to the EGM is needed
  • You can start anywhere on the gaming floor
    start with one bank or area
  • A wireless network might be used to minimize
    infrastructure costs

49
Adding a New Network
FTP
(S2S fixes this mess)
50
No Traffic Jams
Network Backbone 1 Billion bps
51
No Traffic Jams
  • New Network infrastructure
  • 1 (or 10) Gbps backbone
  • 100 Mbps to every EGM
  • Staff transitions from slot mechanics to network
    configuration and management
  • Slots IT Success
  • Dont go cheap - like a computer, your network
    cant be too fast

52
Historic Approach to Adding Functionality
Slot Floor System
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G2S (Web Services) Approach
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Advantages of the G2S model
  • To implement a new feature
  • Plug in new server
  • Configure a group of EGMs
  • Try out the new feature
  • Get rid of it if you hate it
  • G2S is designed so every functional group could
    be owned by a separate server
  • G2S Protocol already accommodates new features
  • Configuration
  • A rich Accounting Model
  • All Messaging required to implement the feature

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Challenges of the new model
  • Need new infrastructure (100Mbps to every EGM)
  • Staff must transition from slot machine mechanics
    to network configuration and management
  • Slots IT Success
  • Dont go cheap - like a computer, your network
    cant be too fast
  • Can implement gradually, but your slot floor
    management system must get on board soon...

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G2S Summary
  • EGMs will be able to talk to multiple servers
  • More accurate info from every game
  • Changes made in one place, distributed to all
    EGMs
  • Try before you buy
  • Many new innovators will be able to enter this
    space
  • Much more efficient casino slot operations
  • Much better use of resources

57
Agenda
  • GDS GSAs Gaming Device Standard
  • G2S GSAs Game To System Protocol
  • Changes to the slot floor network
  • S2S GSAs System To System Protocol

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What about Systems?
  • Every System vendor has their own suite of
    protocols for connecting to peripherals
  • Every peripheral has a suite of protocols for
    connecting to different systems
  • Everything eventually works together but its
    hard to make changes
  • New vendor
  • New feature

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System to System (S2S)
S2S
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What is S2S?
  • Operators asked GSA to take on the
    standardization of inter-system messages
  • S2S is that standardization, using Internet
    technologies (TCP/IP, XML, Ethernet, SOAP, SSL)
  • Created by system developers and operators
  • S2S messages considered systems that were built
    or used by all participants

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Whats the benefit?
  • As each function is implemented by system
    vendors, it becomes open
  • Over time, S2S will reduce the number of
    protocols needed by systems and peripherals
  • Certification will ensure that protocol
    implementations are done correctly
  • In time, operators will be able to add a GSA
    certified system to their network, and it will
    effortlessly interact with other systems

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Plug and Play Benefits
  • Systems move from proprietary solutions to
    standard communications
  • Vendors spend less time maintaining protocols
  • Easier to test a single protocol
  • Operator doesnt have to wait for their version
    to get modified
  • Easy to try a new peripheral (kiosk, currency
    counter, POS system)

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GSAs S2S Protocol
  • With GSAs S2S protocol, theres now one
    standard System to System protocol
  • Provides a standardized way for communications to
    occur (messages, transport, and security)
  • S2S can be easily extended to accommodate new
    features and functions
  • S2S uses proven Internet technology such as
    TCP/IP and Web Services, and is designed for
    reliability in a high traffic network

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However
  • Even with S2S we have differing implementations
  • Seminoles was sort of S2S 1.1.5
  • Choctaws S2S 1.10 with non-std transport
    extra classes
  • Chickasaws S2S 1.2 but developing in a vacuum
    (uh-oh!)
  • Why is this occurring?

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Solutions
  • Eliminating non-standard implementations
  • Doing it right must become the only way
  • Standard reference implementations for S2S
  • Certification program is needed
  • Achieving certification must have value
  • Operators MUST insist on certification

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Next Steps
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Next Steps
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • UNLV
  • GSA to MPI
  • Educate students / local industry
  • GSA Office
  • Representatives work together with GSA
  • Answering service that forward information to GSA

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