The Tatts Group, a global provider of highly secure technical systems and networks for electronic gaming machines, has acquired more than 12,000 Opengear SD4000 series device servers.
The SD4000 series will be used by MaxGaming, a subsidiary of Tatts Group, to provide secure remote control, monitoring and data acquisition on electronic gaming machines in the UK and in Australia. MaxGaming will use the SD4000 device servers to communicate with MaxGaming monitoring system software; provide statistics on wins, turnover, jackpots, loyalty cards, cashbox, credit and games played; and provide process automation and detailed auditing.
“We evaluated systems from a variety of vendors,” said Darryl Green, Technical Specialist - Gaming Technology at MaxGaming, a subsidiary of Tatts Group. “We chose Opengear because it provided our engineers a customizable open source-based architecture, highly secure OpenSSL connections, proven reliability and lowest cost.”
The Opengear SD4000 device server enables users to securely connect, manage and control RS232/422/485 serial devices from anywhere over ethernet or the internet. The SD4000 provides fast, secure and reliable local and remote connectivity to serial ports on meters, scanners, access control, sensors, PLC's and SCADA equipment. The compact size of the SD4000 makes it the ideal choice for connecting RS232/422/485 serial devices to the network or to each other with its serial tunneling capabilities. The SD4000 series offers highly secure transactions over TCP/IP (SSL/SSH) with code integrity checks.
In November, 2009, Opengear launched the ACM5000 series. This family of products expands beyond the functionality of the SD4000 device servers, offering gaming operators a flexible commercial off-the-shelf platform for monitoring, control and supervision of thousands of distributed gaming machines.
The ACM5000 adds an Internal V.92 modem, cellular wireless connectivity, as well as having Ethernet, Wi-Fi and serial connectivity. With power and environmental management coupled with digital input sensors and a local flash disk, Opengear expects industry demand from the ACM5000 in the gaming industry.
“The gaming industry is looking for ways to cut costs. That’s why a move to open source-based device servers makes so much sense,” said Bob Waldie, founder and chairman of Opengear. “We provide the highest level of security and ability to customize – at a much lower cost than proprietary alternatives.”