Slot protocal allows
mixing, matching

May 17, 2005 4:04 AM

The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) on Monday announced a milestone that it believes will revolutionize the slot making industry.

GSA’s new Gaming Device Standard (GDS) Tool Kit, according to its developers, allows gaming machine and system manufacturers to mix and match peripherals — coin acceptors, hoppers, bill validators and printers.

"This is the next major step forward in achieving open standards for the gaming industry," said Abdul Ali, senior software engineer for Aristocrat Leisure Ltd., and chair of GSA’s GDS Committee. "Specifically, the tool kit allows manufacturers to exercise commands and verify that devices conform to the GDS standard. This moves us further down the path of a plug-and-play world where we will choose peripherals based on features, rather than just on compatibility."

Up to now, most slot peripherals worked only within the manufacturer’s line of machines. The GDS Tool Kit allows for wedding, say, an Aristocrat printer with an IGT slot machine.

The tool kit was developed over a period of just seven months and has been okayed for peripheral devices, specifically bill acceptors, coin acceptors and hoppers.

It was designed to be flexible enough so that different types of peripheral devices can be added at different times.

"The delivery of the GDS tool kit is part of our commitment to the industry to support every GSA standard with the right development and test software," said GSA President Peter DeRaedt. "They facilitate rapid adoption and increase time to market. GSA’s open standards offer the industry a smooth migration path."

The Gaming Standards Association is an international trade association representing gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators and regulators.