Why regulators are pleased at standards of the industry

Why regulators are pleased at standards of the industry

Friday, July 1, 2016 Posted by Andy McCarron
Peter DeRaedt: 'I personally receive calls thanking us' from regulators

It’s not only operators and manufacturers who are keen on seeing standardised technical standards in the gambling industry, but it makes the job of the regulator easier as well.

Peter DeRaedt, president of international trade body Gaming Standards Association (GSA), told TotallyGaming.com that regulators were usually very pleased when it manages to agree new technical standards with its membership, which includes firms such as IGT, Aristocrat, Konami, Novomatic and Playtech.

Indeed, the fact that the GSA consults with the regulators on various guidelines, including the recent new standards on GAT (Game Authentication Terminal), means that much of the compliance work is streamlined for all stakeholders.

DeRaedt explained: “We have been working with various regulators on the GAT standard. I personally receive calls thanking us for the great work we have been doing for them. Today there are other standards that we are working with the regulators on to review. One has to do with exchange of information of product testing and certification and the other one is the regulatory reporting interface which will be extremely useful in the online gaming market segment.”

The GAT standards were part of the recently agreed 11 new, mature standards for the gaming industry from the GSA and included includes GAT (Game Authentication Terminal) v4.1, NGI (Network GAT Interface) v1.0, and TGR (Trusted GAT Results File Format) v1.0.

Mark Pace, vice president of global technical operations at Scientific Games International, and Vice-Chair of the GSA Board of Directors commented: “Identifying and authenticating gaming software and firmware in the field is an integral part of regulatory landscape. These three new GAT-related standards address each of the primary points of GAT interaction – the terminal, the network and the results – creating an all-encompassing ecosystem. The benefit to regulators, suppliers and operators is a modernisation and streamlining of the entire process.”

While agreeing technical standards sounds like a laborious, long-winded process, DeRaedt suggested that it is swifter than expected.

“For more than 18 years have we been creating standards and we noted that once companies identify the need for a standard - we need a minimum of three of our members to agree - then it is surprisingly easy to create the standard,” he said. “Collaboration between our members is extremely productive. GSA manages the meetings and provides all the support needed to create the requested standard.”

DeRaedt said that GSA is creating standards for the global market, with the focus on creating communication standards for both land based and online gaming. However he added: “We will support the creation of any open standards as requested by our membership.”

Totally Gaming Says: “The GSA model of agreeing industry standards appears to be quicker than you’d expect, especially with the inclusion of feedback from the regulators, making it an efficient way for the industry to work together. Given the highly regulatory nature of the gambling business, any co-operation in these areas to streamline the interaction between operators, manufacturers, suppliers and regulators should be encouraged.”

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