n addition, Progressive is showcasing its Casinolink Enterprise suite featuring a demonstration of the new Progressive Gaming/Acres-Fiore jointly developed innovative mystery progressive game enhancement and Casinolink Enterprise Analytics, which provides the tools needed to analyze and mine data collected by the various systems deployed throughout the casino.
Dave Waters, VP Europe, Middle East and Africa for Progressive Gaming International Corporation, commented, “At ICE 2008, Progressive has the largest presence we have ever had at this important global gaming conference. Our wealth of systems products on display offer unique solutions to meet the diverse needs of our growing global customer base.”
“The innovative mystery progressive features included within the Casinolink Enterprise suite are already proven in their ability to drive strong returns for operators and we believe the new Win Proximity Meter feature we developed with the team from Acres-Fiore will provide an even higher level of entertainment experience for players which in turn will generate even higher returns for our customers.”
He added: “In addition, our Casinolink Enterprise Analytics is a scalable solution that provides our customers with all of the tools necessary to mine and analyze data collected for slots and table game performance, membership and patron tracking and cage accounting.”
Then, he commented that 13.56Mhz PJM RFID technology for table games is on its way to becoming the gaming industry standard for accuracy, speed, security and integrity and pointed they are excited to be showcasing their premiere table tracking capabilities for roulette tables, alongside RFID tracking on card tables.
”Our updated CIS software also utilizes leading edge RFID technology to provide operators with a reliable solution to greatly reduce the risk of any potential unfortunate security issues such as chip counterfeiting or chip theft thanks to the unique information associated with each chip and validation that occurs at every redemption point that allows for the secure tracking of a chip throughout its lifecycle in a casino. Progressive has a substantial international presence and we are excited to introduce new and updated offerings for our current and potential new customers at ICE.”
13.56 MHz PJM technology is the global gaming standard used by most of the major global casino operators. Through its utilization, technology Progressive has addressed the biggest challenge associated with RFID-based chip tracking, speed. Its RFID on roulette provides the advantages of secure tracking of chip movements and player tracking without slowing down the game speed thereby allowing for the optimal number of games played per hour.
The newest version of CIS includes enhanced features such as the ability to attach to RFID enabled chip trays including single and dual level trays; Invalid Chip Detection, which detects and reports any chip not recorded as part of the casino's existing approved chip stock; Stolen Chip Real-Time Alert reporting that notifies management of potential security breach attempts at which point all chips in question are automatically marked as “missing” and ineligible for cash redemption; Chip Location Tracking; and, a variety of enhancements to the user-friendly CIS reporting and user interfaces.
Casinolink Enterprise Edition is the latest version of Progressive's innovative suite of gaming management system products that support every facet of a gaming operation. It also enhances the player's experience by delivering a full suite of custom branded and prepackaged Jackpot and Mystery progressives. Operators enjoy the simplicity of basic, intermediate, advanced and enterprise mystery jackpot tiers while players enjoy a wide variety of new progressive mystery jackpot innovations including Countdown Mystery, Scheduled Mystery, Happy Hour Bonus and the Acres-Fiore premium game enhancements featuring the Win Proximity Meter that adds a new level of anticipation for players when jackpot awards are close to being hit.
Casinolink Enterprise Analytics is a scalable solution that leverages Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions to provide analytics of historical and operational requirements. It provides the tools needed to analyze data such as Slot performance (Management, Accounting, Progressives); Table game performance (Accounting and Hourly Analysis); Membership and Patron tracking (Patron Analysis and Gaming and Rating) and Cage Accounting (Transactions, Cash Flows and Foreign Exchange).
The RFID technology is licensed by Progressive Gaming through its strategic partnership with Magellan Technology, the providers of the RFID products and the PJM protocol used for item level identification systems that provide reliable high speed processing of items including stacked gaming chips.