he award was received by GPIC President and Chief Executive Officer Gerard Charlier during the gala ceremony held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London on January 26, 2009.
A panel representing leading gaming-industry professionals, gaming journalists and gaming-industry analysts from around the world honored the company with the Best Technology Manufacturer award. According to the International Gaming Awards nomination categories for 2009, "the category is open to any technology company that with a specific product, has shown originality, the ability to succeed in a highly competitive market, offered services to clients that have helped increase profitability or have helped working environments become an easier and more productive place."
"This prestigious international award is a tribute to GPI’s hard work to bring efficient and cost-effective RFID solutions to the table games industry," declared Gerard Charlier, President and CEO. "Our TableTop Authenticator is a great device to fight counterfeiting and fraudulent activities by verifying incoming chips at the very first entry point in the casino: the tables." Christophe Leparoux, International Sales and Marketing Manager added, "Several operators in the US, Europe and recently South Africa have already opted for this innovative product in its 125 KHz or 13.56 MHz versions to secure their tables."
The receipt of the award kicked off GPIC’s successful participation at the International Gaming Expo ("IGE") held January 27-29, 2009, at Earls Court in London. With the live demonstrations of both lines of 125 KHz and 13.56 MHz RFID chips, readers and operating software, the new products presented are the most comprehensive and extremely efficient offerings from GPIC to date.
In addition to the market proven applications of Casino Currency Control and table management, GPIC introduced several new exciting RFID products including:
its latest RFID TablesSolution platform for the casino cage, gaming floor and dedicated poker area; a progressive version of its RFIDPoker Table; a bill validator integrated to a RFID-enabled blackjack table; a roulette table with RFID bet recognition; and the widest range of RFID readers in both 125 KHz and 13.56 MHz frequencies ever displayed for use in the casino industry.
GPIC’s RFID chip security technology includes RFID embedded casino currency (gaming chips, plaques and jetons), hardware and software that allows the operator the flexibility to track and verify gaming chip authenticity for its casino almost instantly, which can eliminate the possibility of counterfeit chips or errors in chip counts. RFID technology enables casinos the ability to track individual chips throughout the gaming floor and, with special readers and software, follow payments, fills and credits, table drops, tips, and win and losses per table at any time of the day.
"For more than 15 years, GPI has engaged in extensive R&D efforts resulting in its current supply of RFID casino currency, hardware and software in 2 frequencies to customers on 5 continents," remarked Gregory S. Gronau, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer. "GPI’s new software solutions allow for efficient currency monitoring and management both out front at the tables and in back in the casino cage," added Gronau.
In reviewing GPIC’s accomplishments in London last week, Charlier concluded, "It was a thrill to receive such distinctive recognition of our development of RFID products for casinos. I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to all at GPIC who have worked with the development and promotion of this technology over the years and we are pleased to be the leading provider of RFID technology to casinos worldwide."