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NMi launches UK testing
Euromat slams report
F
rom the 1st of January, UK manufacturers and operators can access European
compliance testing services through NMi UK, a joint venture between NMi and T
he Swedish Presidency last month presented its Progress Report on
the Legal Framework for Gambling and Betting in the Member
UK test house GDS Laboratories. Following their successful entry into the Italian States of the European Union to the Competitiveness Council, a report
market with their subsidiary NMi Italia, NMi is continuing its successful expansion which, according to EUROMAT, “falls very short of a factual, neutral
model by teaming up with local industry experts. This development confirms NMi’s representation of the reality of the modern European gambling industry
leading position in Europe as a testing laboratory for AWP machines, FOBTs, and which completely overlooks several forms of gambling which
Casino equipment, online gaming sites and lotteries. currently take place EU-wide”.
NMi’s Director, Pieter van Breugel, explained: “NMi is committed to providing a When EUROMAT brought these omissions to the attention of the
comprehensive service to the gaming market in Europe and – to date – has Swedish Presidency, the Presidency agreed with many of the EUROMAT
obtained licenses for 20 jurisdictions. Our plan is to open a number of additional observations, but  nevertheless these observations were not reflected in
offices to serve national markets, and the UK is a logical next step for us.” the final report, which still contains  many inaccuracies.
Although NMi has already obtained Gambling Commission approval as a test house “This report provides an incomplete representation of the European
for the UK market, their approach has been to explore partnership opportunities gambling industry” said Annette Kok  President of EUROMAT “and we
with local experts. He added, “We are delighted to be entering into partnership with are left wondering why the Swedish Presidency zones in on the most
GDS Laboratories, as they are the market leaders in the UK, with unparalleled regulated form of gambling deeming it the greatest source of problem
experience of the technical standards and legal regulations, and excellent gambling, while failing to address the problems posed by other forms of
relationships with the regulator and the industry.” gambling such as remote gambling and widely-available state-run short
odds games, such as lotteries and scratch cards.”
Inaccuracy I : While tackling the issue of problem and pathological
Clena-Flexible
gambling, the Swedish Presidency fails to mention the high risks involved
with the unregulated provision of remote gambling services across the EU
and solely mentions poker and gaming machines as the main source of
problem gambling in Europe, contrary to evidence-based research which
B
rent Sales has responded to shows a real link between uncontrolled remote gambling and problem
customer demand by making the gambling.
critically acclaimed Clena-Flex Inaccuracy II : The Swedish report mentions the costs of problem
merchandising device available in a gambling to the Member States but does not mention the high level of
myriad range of new set-ups, most tax contributions received by the highly regulated and rightly restricted
notably ticket redemption. Clena-Flex land-based market and does not address the seriousness of the fact that
has established a hard earned reputation unregulated remote gambling companies provide services tax-free across
for being the most consistent and the EU, bringing no benefit whatsoever to the customers of the Member
powerful arcade income generator over States in which these customers are based.
the last three years. Inaccuracy III : The Swedish Presidency lists a number of tools available
Brent Commercial Director John Brennan said: “Clena-Flex has made the to promote responsible gambling but systematically fails to mention how
transition from product to achieve an almost brand-like status due to its longevity the highly regulated land-based gaming and amusement machine sector
and enduring appeal to players of all ages. The product retains its vibrancy thanks has been and continues to be a key promoter of responsible gambling
to the suite of new set-up options which include 12 new experiences and challenges activities in Europe, contrary to that done by other gambling operators.
released for January’s EAG show in London. Clena-Flex is like a shop window and “We  do not  find this report  to be  factually accurate and therefore
tellingly it is the operators who approach it as a fun retailing exercise that have representative of the European gambling industry. We call on
enjoyed the quickest return on their investment.” policymakers to consult the available evidence that provides a more
balanced and thorough examination of such important and sensitive
issues,” concluded Annette Kok.
Heber enhances range Annette Kok
O
ver the last few months, Heber Limited – leading designers and
manufacturers of real time electroniccontrol systems - have been
working on a number of peripheral enhancements to the existing Heber
product range. This includes SAS 6.02 compliance and Money Manager,
both of which were launched at G2E 2009, Las Vegas.
SAS 6.02 is now available on both the Nucleus (N500 and N1000) and
X10i products within the Heber range and is available as a development kit.
The dev kit provides SAS modules with extensions to the existing Heber
libraries allowing for ease of upgrade to SAS compatibility.
Money Manager is the newly released API software interface. By using
this piece of software a designer will be able to integrate various money
handling devices into the game without the need for complicated software
coding. Everything is supplied in a software package that is easy to use
and implement enabling the game to be developed quicker providing a
more reliable basis and a quicker time to market, all important points when
creating that next winning game.
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