s the show drew to a close, the CEO of the firm commented: “ICE is the highlight of the year for the gaming market and is a bellwether for the industry. From what I've seen over the last three days, I'd say that manufacturers and operators are more optimistic about the future and have put the recent uncertainty in certain markets behind them. That was certainly the impression gained on the Money Controls stand, where the level of interest shown, in both our new and long-established products, was the highest I've known for several years.”
Two of the products highlighted on the Money Controls stand had vastly differing pedigrees: the Universal Hopper, boasting over 25 years of success, stood side-by-side with Ardac Elite, their new bill and ticket acceptor. And yet, the two products had one thing in common: they have both set new standards in their own field.
The Universal Hopper was the original' hopper - and with its world-proven reliability, security and high capacity, is still the best - the standard to which Money Controls' competitors aspire.
Ardac Elite was announced at last year's ICE, and since then, it has since undergone extensive field trials in casinos around the world. These trials returned acceptance rates of street-grade bills in excess of 97%. The company is now using data from these trials to push that rate ever closer to 100%.
Money Controls' stand featured their complete range of money-handling products for the gaming market - the most comprehensive in the industry. As well as the Universal Hopper and Ardac Elite, these included: PayLink, the USB integration module that dramatically reduces the time-to-market for new games and new machines; Condor Premier, the coin and token acceptor that handles up to ten coins per second and accepts up to 95% of the world's coins; and Cyclone High Capacity hopper, which, as well as high capacity, offers high speed, high security and high reliability.
The Combi hopper system was another big draw for visitors to the stand. Based on the well-proven Compact platform, it was originally developed to meet the particular requirements of the Italian market, providing fast payout of 2, 1 and 50c euro coins from just two hoppers. Machines can operate with a very low float and so the Combi is now attracting interest from manufacturers and operators in other Eurozone countries.