he A2LA is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, public service, membership society that specializes in laboratory accreditation and training. The GTIC's reaccreditation through A2LA enables the Center to certify IGT products according to the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) protocol standards.
Products that meet the GSA's Protocol Certification Program requirements are certified for consistency in Game to System (G2S), System to System (S2S), and Transport protocol implementation, which is critical to success in a system-linked environment.
The GTIC is open to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), strategic partners and systems integrators to test the compatibility of GSA protocol-based solutions with IGT games and systems. The facility features five private testing rooms, badge-only access, and 24-hour surveillance to ensure comprehensive security and confidential testing.
The GTIC conducts testing in a real-world environment, complete with full-scale systems and the ability to emulate individual customer sites. Tested products are exposed to large-scale load performance and stress testing, usability testing, longevity testing, and end-to-end testing while running a variety of IGT and non-IGT products, as customer requirements demand.
"Rigorous interoperability testing at the Center played a key role in ensuring that two of the newest large-scale casinos in Las Vegas opened smoothly with IGT's sbX(TM) and Advantage systems running on GSA protocols. This is the place that welcomes all gaming manufacturers to come in and test their products with GSA protocols," said Kara Matthew, IGT Vice President of Software Quality Engineering Services.