Sona Mobile Holdings Corp., which develops handheld, wireless gaming devices, has filed a licensing application with Nevada’s Gaming Control Board, and has submitted its mobile gaming platform with Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) for testing and certification.
A license from Nevada regulators would allow Sona to operate as a vendor to Nevada casino operators. While the license application is under review, Sona will operate under Shuffle Master’s license.
"Last year the state of Nevada passed a law allowing for wireless gaming on casino premises, creating significant opportunities for the wireless gaming delivery system developed by Sona and our strategic partner, Shuffle Master," said Shawn Kreloff, Sona Mobile chairman and CEO. "Getting licensed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board would represent an important step in building our presence with Las Vegas casino operators."
Similarly, GLI is designated as the official test laboratory by over 360 gaming jurisdictions worldwide. Certification by GLI is crucial for getting approval to submit and operate gaming solutions in a variety of domestic and international jurisdictions.
"GLI has been selected as the certification authority of choice by a wide range of gaming regulatory bodies that are outside Nevada in the U.S., and throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia," Kreloff said. "Accreditation by GLI is a necessary milestone to achieve commercial success for our secure mobile gaming platform."
The Sona Mobile Platform consists of device software that runs on a personal digital assistant (PDA), mobile phone or similar device, and application software for various games including Shuffle Master’s proprietary table games, horse racing and sports book applications. The many applications running on the gaming platform are intended to provide a rich wireless extension to the gaming experience.
"We believe that our product is the first wireless gaming solution to be submitted to GLI," Kreloff said.
In addition to casino accounts, the company plans to offer its platform and gaming applications to horse track and sports book operators.
Sona’s horse wagering application is likely the only wireless application that enables real time track wagering while receiving video in real time to watch the races, offering a rich experience for players.
"We have previewed our horse wagering application for track operators in the US and Europe and have received interest," Kreloff said.
Founded in 2000, Sona Mobile Inc. has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.sonamobile.com.