SOURCE: Gaming Standards Association (GSA)

Gaming Standards Association (GSA)

July 26, 2016 11:00 ET

New GSA System-to-System Standard (S2S) and Simple System Interface (SSI) Specification Streamline Network Interfaces, Increase Efficiencies and Speed

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Jul 26, 2016) - The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) recently released 11 new mature standards, among which is an updated S2S (System-to-System) standard and a new specification called SSI (Simple System Interface). The new S2S and SSI are purposefully designed to increase operator and developer efficiencies and, because they align with G2S, unleash R&D potential.

In its new release, S2S is fully aligned with GSA's award-winning G2S standard, making it easier to dispatch G2S transactions and to extend G2S functionality to other end-points. In this latest S2S update, message handling and communications requirements have been simplified, unnecessary and redundant features have been removed.

"The bottom line is the S2S protocol is now easier -- easier to implement, easier to test, and easier to operate," said S2S Committee Chair, Jeff Shephard of IGT. "From its inception, GSA has been creating standards to increase creative and profit potential. This new version of S2S is the latest milestone in GSA's journey, and we are very pleased to present it."

Additionally, GSA released a new specification, SSI (Simple System Interface). Designed to address implementer needs, SSI provides a method to achieve simpler client-server mode of operation where the full power of S2S is not required. SSI accomplishes this by providing implementers with a simple and efficient method for accessing system resources.

"The initial SSI release includes a limited set of functionality designed to deliver G2S events to a third-party server. With all of GSA's standards, we constantly seek feedback from operators, suppliers, and regulators, and if the SSI concept proves popular, additional functionality will be added in future releases," said GSA Protocol Director Ethan Tower.

GSA's S2S standard is a communications protocol that helps untangle the jumbled web of back-of-house network interfaces. S2S allows manufacturers to develop a single peer-to-peer communications interface for communicating with gaming and non-gaming systems, simplifying connectivity with business partners over wide-area and local-area networks. S2S standardizes information communication and improves consistency to increase operational efficiency.

S2S extends the functionality available through G2S, such as progressives, bonuses, and vouchers, to other types of end-points, such as table games and self-service kiosks. S2S also allows transactions generated by multiple front-end systems (or from multiple venues) to be dispatched to a central application server in a standardized manner, allowing functionality such as vouchers, wagering accounts, and daily accounting to be consolidated in a single location.

Each of the standards is available for free to all GSA members on GSA's website, www.gamingstandards.com.

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GSA Platinum members include: Aristocrat Technologies Inc.; International Game Technology (IGT); Konami Gaming Inc.; NOVOMATIC Gaming Industries Gmbh; Playtech, (PTEC.L), Scientific Games International (SGMS), & Sega Sammy Creation, Inc.

Other members include: Ainsworth Game Technology Inc.; Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission; Amatic Industries GmbH; APEX pro gaming; Appolonia; Ares Way; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; BMM Testlabs; Casinos Austria; CasinoFlex Systems; Casino Technology; ComTrade Gaming; Combination AB; Crane Payment Innovations; eBet Gaming Systems Pty., Ltd.; European Casino Association; Every; FortuNet, Inc. (FTNT); Gamblit Gaming, LLC; Gaming Laboratories International, LLC. (GLI); Gaming Technologies Association; Gauselman GmbH; Ganlot; Grand Vision Gaming; Intralot S.A. (INLr.AT); Inspired Gaming Group Ltd.; Interblock USA; Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (ISLE); Loto-Que�bec; Kobetron; Macao Polytechnic Institute; Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation; Maxgaming; Multi-State Lottery Association; Nidec Sankyo Corporation; Oregon Lottery; Radical Blue Gaming; Random Consulting; RAY; Seminole Tribe of Florida; Seoul National University of Science & Technology; Smartgames Software Hardware Systems Holdings Ltd.; techno-consult GmbH; Transact Technologies Incorporated (TACT); U1 Gaming; Universal de Desarrollos Electronicos, S.A.; UNLV International Gaming Institute; Western Canada Lottery Corporation.

For more information, visit www.gamingstandards.com

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