he total amount of the two orders exceeds us$ 8 million with RFID chips accounting for approximately 80% of the total.
City of Dreams in Macau, a Melco PBL Entertainment property, scheduled to open in the second quarter with 550 gaming tables when completed, has chosen GPI to provide high-frequency RFID Bourgogne & Grasset plaques. GPI has also been providing Melco PBL properties Crown Macau and Crown Melbourne with RFID Casino Currency Control solutions since 2007. This new order maintains GPI’s dominance in the Macau casino currency control market.
Newport City in Manila, Philippines, a development of Star Cruises, a division of the Genting Bhd subsidiary Resorts World, in association with a local company Alliance Global Group, will include a casino with 450 tables scheduled to open by the middle of this year. Newport City has chosen GPI to supply low-frequency RFID Bourgogne & Grasset, gaming chips, jetons, plaques and readers for Casino Currency Control solutions. Through its French subsidiary GPI SAS, GPI is a long-time supplier to the Philippines market.
The company has been providing chips, jetons and plaques to all Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation casinos for more than 30 years. Recent orders include supplying Eastern Hawaii and Sun City casinos in the Cagayan Freeport zone with RFID chips and jetons.
GPI’s RFID (radio frequency identification device) Casino Currency Control technology available in low or high frequency (Brands: Bourgogne & Grasset, Bud Jones, and Paulson) allows casinos to verify the authenticity and value of each chip, plaque and jeton almost instantly, which reduces the possibility of counterfeits, staff pilferage or errors in casino currency counts.
This RFID technology enables casinos to track individual chips, plaques or jetons throughout the gaming floor and, with specialized readers and software, follow payments, fills and credits, table drops, tips, and win and losses per table at any time of the day. GPI’s high-frequency RFID chips are compatible with special player tracking hardware and software that allow for accurate tracking of play data from tables so casinos can follow player bets and accurately rate and reward players.
"We are thrilled to have secured such substantial orders for these two exciting new Asian casinos," said Christophe Leparoux, International Director of Sales and Marketing for GPI’s subsidiary in France. "The acceptance of GPI’s RFID technology in Macau casinos is exceptional and the growth of RFID implementation in casinos in the Philippines and more broadly Asia has been on the increase."
Gerard P. Charlier, President and CEO of GPI commented, "The continued confidence in GPI and our RFID products by our leading customers all over the world and particularly in Asia is extremely encouraging as we strive to provide creative casino currency tracking solutions to meet the specific needs of our valued clients and their players. These orders also significantly strengthen our backlog for a positive start for 2009."