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G2E PREVIEW MEI continues to push the envelope


The next generation of CASHFLOW SC is on show at G2E from MEI – the new SC Advance


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his year at G2E, MEI will exhibit its portfolio of products including SC Advance, the next generation of CASHFLOW SC. SC Advance is evolutionary – applying new


technology and market knowledge to make a great product even better. MEI further raises the bar for performance features that directly impact operator profitability: acceptance, jam rate, security and cost of operation.


SC Advance is currently in the OEM script


testing phase. MEI plans to go through beta testing and submit to OEMs for final approvals by the end of the year.


Increased value created by SC Advance is highlighted by the following enhancements:


• an improved recognition system, which provides proactive security by utilizing transmissive sensors to see all the


way through notes in multiple wavelengths. • faster bill-to-bill speed, which upgrades the player experience and speeds up transactions to expand throughput. • expanded memory, which limits part numbers and submissions by allowing more notes to be recognized in a specific release of firmware. • comprehensive barcode recognition, which processes barcode coupons in all four directions and improves acceptance on multi- width currencies. • upgrade to USB 2.0, which speeds up communications with the host machine and even potentially expands functionality.


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 CASHFLOW STS, intelligent support tools, which are able to sense the product version and provide the appropriate software. CASHFLOW STS supports a full range of configuration and software update functions with easy-to-use software and handheld tools, performance management and reporting and modular product repair. Additional benefits include fast and easy updates for currency data, configuration data and 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 – building an installed base over 64,000 games in 18 months by improving efficiencies


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process. The integrated software/hardware solution uses information collected in the bill validator and makes it accessible in a database that can be networked to multiple locations and be accessed to analyze slot performance. RFID technology connects slot machine asset numbers to a specific cashbox to help eliminate “hot boxes” and increase operational efficiencies.


MEI values the trust customers place in its


products. Operators now have the luxury of updating the slot floor at their own pace as capital becomes available. As new games are purchased with SC Advance, the enhanced heads can be strategically placed throughout the floor. For example, the high limit room would be optimal given the increased security offered by the next generation product.


The modular design of MEI’s product


portfolio allows operators to select the best product mix for the application. Operators that use CASHFLOW SC can upgraded to EASITRAX Soft Count with a simple upgrade kit and future purchases can be ordered with the hardware preinstalled. For high traffic areas on the floor CASHFLOW SCM offers 50% more capacity, helping operators manage the need for emergency drops.


Operators are looking beyond note validators,


searching for product extensions that provide value to the entire cash management process. Through the evolution of its products MEI has become a cash management partner to customers across several industries. Product extensions like cashbox sizes, slot tracking, additional security features for relevant markets, stackerless options and bunch note feeders are examples of how MEI listens to its customers and develops products that make its customers more profitable.


MEI is committed to innovation—it does not


rest on its laurels despite the leadership position it has built. SC Advance, like EASITRAX Soft Count and CASHFLOW SC before it, represents a progression of developments that will continually expand the value that MEI will provide the gaming industry.


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