range of payment options will still be followed in the future, since AWP machines are designed to be a lower-cost form of entertainment. E-payments or stored value and loyalty cards may be the choice for cautious gamers.
Adam G. Steinberg: The economic benefits to be
Money Controls’ Ardac Elite shows the last bill processed using a PDA
achieved from a move towards cashless payment systems is so compelling for the industry that it is likely that there will be a substantial move to these types of systems within five years. It is unlikely that coins and notes will completely be eliminated by then but I believe they will be in the minority.
Polly Wiseman: E-cards combined with
loyalty bonuses will increase as payment methods in certain environments, as will TITO combined with redemption terminals. But generally, cash will still be king as far as player
P Company focus: Money Controls
ayment Systems Manufacturer Money Controls understands that innovation, flexibility and efficiency are essential requirements for its customers. It therefore ensures that these key elements are integral to all of its products, and the service that the Money Controls team delivers. To provide
innovative and tailored solutions for all of its customers, Money Controls has a network of sales and support offices around the world.
This customer-driven approach has resulted in casinos in over 70
countries worldwide specifying Money Controls’ products for their gaming machines. This trend continues to grow, as more and more casinos recognise the benefits that Money Controls’ products offer.
Changes in legislation, such as the introduction of VLTs in Italy can
bring challenges for operators and OEMs. Money Controls’ presence across the globe allows them to monitor and respond quickly to changes like these, with practical and innovative solutions.
As well as changes in legislation, Money Controls provides a rapid
response to changes in denominations worldwide, such as the upcoming introduction of the new $100 US bank note. If operators choose the right components, such as the Ardac Elite, it allows them to easily update their machines, enhancing efficiency and performance. When the new £20 note was introduced in the UK, 20,000 machines that were fitted with Money Controls’ Ardac Elite bill acceptors were literally updated overnight with no down time for operators.
One of the major changes operators and OEMs face is fraud
attempts. With fraudsters becoming increasingly sophisticated, operators and OEMs are looking for greater security on gaming machines. As a direct response to this, Money Controls has launched its new ccTalk Data Encryption Standard (DES) products.
Money Controls’ DES encrypted products offer a significant weapon
in combating fraud. Using literally millions of potential combinations - 72,057,594,037,927,936 to be precise - they are yet another example of innovative thinking from the team at Money Controls. Unlike existing encryption protocols, every payment device and machine can
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payments are concerned. However , direct cash payments from the machine will reduce, with a greater amount of ticket payments.
Violeta Perez: Although coins will still provide a
method of payment, cashless payments will continue to increase, since operators are realising they cannot afford not to have a card system. The major barrier for operators to going cashless
was consumer resistance. But consumers are rapidly moving from cash to plastic. Today, our society is addicted to card use. It is the simplicity and ease of card use that makes credit cards, debit cards and gift cards successful as they are, and it is the same simplicity which will make token and coin operations a thing of the past.
John Carroll:We believe that coins and notes will
remain in the low-end AWP market but other segments will move to cashless and TITO.
potentially have a different DES key, which can be changed by the host machine. In fact the machine’s software can be programmed to change the key as frequently as every few minutes.
ccTalk DES encryption is a further development of the ccTalk
protocol, a widely accepted industry standard. As a result of using ccTalk, systems and products can benefit from low-cost hardware, increased security, superior fault-code reporting, and real-time monitoring of cash transaction. Money Controls has rolled ccTalk DES out across its full product range, including the Ardac Elite bill acceptor, coin acceptors and hoppers.
Money Control’s coin acceptors are an example of the company’s
innovative, efficient and reliable coin products. The SR3i and SR5i coin acceptors feature revolutionary sensor technology which enables them to provide exceptional acceptances rates. Their download capability means that factory quality coinless programming can take place remotely. The SR5i has been tested recently to ensure it passes the coin processing criteria of the European Anti Fraud Office (OLAF).The SR5i was tested for valid coin acceptance and fraud rejection and passed with flying colours.
The Condor Premier coin acceptor meanwhile is ideally suited to the
demands of casino slot machines, providing acceptance rates of ten coins per second, high level of security and fraud prevention, and full diagnostic and alarm reporting via ccTalk.
Money Controls’ Universal Hopper offers unrivalled performance
including reduced operating costs and an extended operating lifetime. Among the Universal Hopper’s other attributes are its large capacity. The Universal Hopper can hold up to 1,200 Euros, 950 one pound coins, or 1,500 US 25 cent coins, which effectively reduces the number of times it needs to be refilled.
Like all Money Controls products, the Universal Hopper provides
excellent resistance to fraud, and high levels of security. Jams are prevented by continuous agitation of the coins in the hopper and the auto-reverse function. The Universal Hopper has a long-life with minimal maintenance, thus reducing the overall cost of ownership.
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