t MEI's stand, the firm exhibited its SC Advance new bill validator. What can you tell us about it? Which are its main features?
MEI introduced SC Advance, the next generation of the CASHFLOW SC, at G2E Asia. SC Advance further raises the bar for performance features that directly impact operator profitability: acceptance, jam rate, security and cost of operation.
Increased value created by SC Advance is highlighted by the following enhancements: an improved recognition system, faster bill-to-bill speed, expanded memory, comprehensive barcode recognition and upgrade to USB 2.0
Because the enhancements are localized to the acceptor head, SC Advance can work hand-in-hand with legacy CASHFLOW SC units already in the field. This capability is facilitated by intelligent support tools, which are able to sense the product version and provide the appropriate software.
SC Advance not only is compatible with previous versions, but also with product extensions that have expanded the reach of bill acceptors from the slot machine to the entire cash management process. EASITRAX Soft Count, as an example, has changed rapidly the expectations for what a bill acceptor can offer by improving efficiencies associated with the cash drop process.
What other products did the company showcase at recent G2E Asia edition?
Along with SC Advance, MEI exhibited its portfolio of products including CASHFLOW SC, EASITRAX Soft Count, MEI BNR (Banknote Recycler) and more. With the customizable nature of MEI products, we will work with operators to find them the right solution to make MEI their cash management partner.
Table games are very popular in Asia. Does this characteristic bring more opportunities for MEI?
MEI is very excited about the potential for designing the right product for table games. It is ongoing development. Unfortunately, we don't have a product that provides the right functionality today to suit the application's needs - as we understand them. True to MEI's value proposition, we're currently designing a product that exceeds operator expectations. That development is contingent upon the completion of other products that will ultimately construct a comprehensive system and provide the security and information that is required.
How did you see the show this year? Which is the final balance you can make about MEI’s presence in G2E Asia this year?
G2E Asia was successful this year with a high OEM participation rate. There was a lot of traffic on the first day of the show, creating opportunities to meet with potential customers.
How do you see Macao’s market? Which other countries in the region offer positive business options for the gaming industry?
The gaming market in Macao will continue to grow, as there are no predictable policy changes in China. Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia are big growth opportunities in Asia, as they continue to expand the gaming market.