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Already in Use Worldwide, Smart Cards Are Coming to North American Casinos

New technology is slowly rolling across the globe that will not only make cashless gaming system more secure, but also add features that will improve the customer experience in casinos – provided casinos are willing to pay the extra cost.

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The technology is the smart card which, already being used in casinos in Europe and elsewhere, and has begun to appear in North America, goes one better the magstripe cards still used in many casinos worldwide ยูฟ่าเบท.

The main difference between the two cards is how they store information. Mag-stripe cards maintain customer information on a back-end computer, with which the card must link in order to make a transaction. Smart Cards have an embedded microchip in which all data is stored and thus can facilitate transactions even when there is no link to a back-end computer.

The initial use of Smart Card technology in U.S. casinos will be in player tracking cards. While enabling customers to play slot machines and other games in a cashless environment, the smart player cards also will store information about the guest – including his favorite games and wagering patterns – which casinos can use to promote future visits.

Such a card is currently being introduced in the U.S. market by IGT Network Systems, Las Vegas.

IGT, which brought TITO (Ticket-In/Ticket-Out systems) to the gaming floor a decade ago with its EZ Pay System, recently expanded the line to include the EZ Pay Smart Card, on which all cash values are stored on a microchip embedded in the card. When this card is plugged into a slot machine, the stored cash value is instantly altered with each play, deducting cash value with each loss and adding sums with each win. This eliminates the need to take winnings on TITO tickets for cashing at teller stations or automated kiosks, he noted.

In a smart card gaming system values are moved with the card from machine to machine, and the card maintains the value even during power outages. An advantage of the EZ Pay Smart Cards is that it offers an extra level of security to players. With ordinary credit and debit cards, the magnetic numbers are transferred in an online link, and thus can be copied by anyone willing to invest in the technology. But the Smart Card only moves funds in an offline link, so magnetic numbers only move to the game and back.

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