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EUROPEAN UPDATE GPI agrees RFID dealwith IGT


GPI to strategically unite RFID technologies with acquisition of IGT rights


Gaming Partners International Corporation (GPI) has entered into an RFID License and Transfer Agreement with International Game Technology (IGT) covering certain high-frequency RFID rights and products including software related to a Chip Inventory System (CIS), a newly developed communication platform to integrate RFID data into a variety of casino management systems and a license to certain other RFID related IP and assets.


As a result of the agreement, GPI has acquired the ability to develop, manufacture and distribute additional high-frequency RFID products and systems worldwide. Together IGT and GPI will provide for transition of sales, support and service of IGT's current high- frequency RFID customers.


Casinos worldwide continue to increase their desire for RFID technology in both low (1.25 KHz) and high (13.56 MHz) frequencies. Previously, GPI held rights and licenses for low-frequency RFID products and software systems, as well as limited rights for high-frequency products. This transaction, which provides GPI access to certain RFID related intellectual


ATRONIC International has launched its King Kong Cash WAP across casinos in three cities in Chile. This wide area progressive marks the first-of-its-kind national progressive jackpot in Chile and at the same time in South America (Mercosur), following the recent approval by the country’s Gaming Superintendent Office.


The King Kong Cash multilevel WAP was developed by ATRONIC’s Systems Division for the Dreams Group, which is the first operator in Chile offering a major jackpot generated simultaneously across three casinos in the cities of Temuco, Valdivia and Punta Arenas. The starting value for the top jackpot level in the nationwide jackpot is over 70m Pesos.


“This acquisitionwill


aid in the expansion of our opportunities in


RFIDsystems both in terms of sales or hardware and the


licensing of software. Thiswill allowour


customers to better secure its currency, authenticate chips,


and gather data at the table and cage,while


linkingwith a casino's backend system.We


will beworking closely with IGT to provide our customerswith a


smooth transition," GregGronau,GPI President and CEO.


property for the 13.56 MHz Phase Jitter Modulation technology and the rights to IGT's CIS, will enable GPI to converge RFID applications for the two frequencies and add improved functionality, security and communications with a range of casino systems.


GPI's low-frequency and IGT's high- frequency systems have been the most widely implemented chip tracking technology in the marketplace. Both employ RFID-based capabilities to provide casino operators with the tools necessary to maintain an accurate real-time inventory of the entire stock of chips, and securely and efficiently transfer gaming chips to each table across the casino floor into the cage areas and all validation points. Subsequent to this transaction, GPI's customers will now have a larger array of RFID options and solutions.


“Dreams is the first WAP operator in Chile and in South America, which demonstrates once again our leadership in this industry and allows us to offer the highest wins ever seen in Chile to our clients. The starting value of the top jackpot was 73.8 million pesos,” said Jaime Wilhelm, Dream GM.


Commenting on this first WAP install in the Chilean gaming market, Francisco Javier Leiva, Gaming Superintendant in Chile said: “I feel satisfied when I see how just 10 days after we emitted the new rule about the implementation of the wide area progressive system, the first WAP in Chile is already live! It is great to see the casinos of the Dreams Group in Temuco, Valdivia and Punta Arenas utilising this new technology provided by ATRONIC, which will make the gaming offers at Chilean casinos even more attractive and facilitate a further consolidation of this permanently developing industry.


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