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ICE 2019 REVIEW DRGT


DRGT CEO Jurgen De Munck discusses his highlights of ICE…


Q: What were the product highlights at the show?


Jurgen: Well as you know system solutions are an ever-evolving technology, driven not only by player and operator needs, but by advancements in broader technology too. Our Tables Management system


has been a key focus for us for some time. We have previously spoken about bridging the gap between what has been a very slots biased management tool from all service providers, based simply on the electronic nature of slots. Our ability to now seamlessly integrate Tables game play data into our accounting, cage and reporting modules generated a lot of interest. The technology now does away with what was until recently very much a ‘pen and paper’ system, and affords operators the ability to


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reward players better, and more accurately, and probably most importantly, affords more time for staff to actually engage with players as opposed to them literally being ‘tied down’ with administrative tasks.


Q: Where your expectations in terms of both the volume and quality of visitors to ExCel over the three days met?


Jurgen: Yes, I think they were. I believe we were all expecting to see the negative effect of the general global economic downturn, but we


didn’t. Actual numbers may have been down, I’m not sure, but we secured some really good footfall, particularly on the Wednesday. Tuesday was relatively quiet, but we secured a number of key meetings ahead of the show, so whilst our booth itself was not as busy as the Wednesday there was a constant flow of customers in an out of our meeting rooms all day, and ultimately that is where the deals are done. So yes, I was very happy with the volume and quality of visitors to ICE London 2019.


progressive win levels. Linked Progressives continue to be a major topic at the NOVOMATIC stand and advancements to the NOVO LINE Novo Unity II electronic table games offering were also showcased at the fair. New modules for the Octavian myACP casino management system, such as GDPR and Anti Money Laundering functionalities, were also presented. Another highlight, specifically for the UK market, was the BIG BONUS WHEEL from Astra which made a standout appearance at the centre of the stand.


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OVOMATIC presented product highlights for the various industry segments and specific markets, from land-based casinos to AWP and street markets as well as online & mobile. Also a


range of solutions for sports betting, specific bingo products, server- based systems, casino management systems and cash handling products, as well as market-specific products from group subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, were on show. “NOVOMATIC offers one of the most comprehensive product


portfolios in the industry, enabling us to cover every segment of the industry,” said Harald Neumann, CEO of NOVOMATIC AG at a press conference during ICE. “As a producer and operator of gaming technologies, we have the opportunity to test and optimize new products in our own gaming establishments and in various markets,” explained Mr. Neumann. In London, NOVOMATIC presented a number of brand new slot


games such as the new game Lucky Lady’s Wild Spell which premiered on the PANTHERA Curve 1.43 and V.I.P. Lounge Curve 1.43 cabinets. This game features the popular Lucky Lady character in a big upright game format with an entirely new Wild feature. The show also saw the international launch of the IP game MacGyver on the NOVOSTAR V.I.P. 3.50 and the compact V.I.P. Lounge 2.32 cabinets. Another new game that has already been highly successful in the online market, has now been transferred to the land-based offer: Apollo God of the Sun. Also premiering at ICE was the new PAY DAY concept – with the first two titles, Prized Panda and Prize of the Nile – both featuring six


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rane Payment Innovations (CPI) showed at ICE why its technology is renowned for defining the future of payment systems in the global gaming industry. Alongside its extensive


product range for coin and banknote validation, CPI took the opportunity to showcase the Easitrax Connect platform and the CPI Ticket Purchasing Kiosk. CPI now offers operators a unique hardware/software platform that combines the power of the renowned SC Advance with real-time payment connectivity so that operators can manage their floors and their cash more profitably than ever before. This global solution, which CPI launched to the European market at ICE, is called Easitrax Connect. Easitrax Connect offers an extensive range of features and benefits, and the software has been designed to work intuitively. It provides operators with a real-time look at how all their banknote validators – and even machines – are performing. Operations can now be streamlined and simplified. The drop can be managed to ensure that no full cashboxes negatively affect machine play because Easitrax Connect will send a real-time warning as the cashbox volume approaches capacity. Any suspicious note activity is also immediately registered, enabling operators to react straight away. Maintenance issues can also be prevented before they even occur, helping to make machine downtime an event of the past. “Easitrax Connect is simple to install. There are just three elements


to it,” explained Anette Jauch, CPI sales director for EMEA Gaming. “First, you need our small Universal Connectivity Box that easily


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