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NEC Display Solutions selects new touchscreen technology from EMT Touch Systems
NEC Display Solutions Europe is to market NEC displays integrated with MicroTouch Dispersive Signal Technology (DST) touchscreen from 3M to address the growing demand for large format, interactive LCD displays in environments such as retail and entertainment. Clemens von Braunmuehl, Section Manager Product Management at NEC Display Solutions Europe told us: “Our decision to market 3M’s Micro Touch DST touch enabled products demonstrates our commitment to the display market and our strength in recognizing new, compelling technologies that will benefit our customer base. 3M’s DST has made a great impression on us, particularly for its unique feature set and ability to accommodate large LCD display sizes. We are positive that our customers will feel the same.” The NEC MultiSync LCD4010, 40-inch LCD public display is the first commercialized product to be integrated with 3M’s Micro Touch DST touchscreen technology. The NEC-based touch monitor solution is manufactured by Richardson Electronics, who has been playing a key role in the integration of DST technology into the NEC public a display LCD. Richardson will integrate the technology at its ACT Kern division in Germany. According to Antonio Antonini, European product Marketing Manager, Richardson Electronics: “We are pleased to be able to offer this new touch technology in large format to the European market. Richardson Electronics has strong engineering capabilities and we have been working closely with 3M and NEC Display Solutions to develop touch-enabled large format public displays such as the NEC MultiSync LCD 4010.”
He continued: “We will be offering the products via our own channel as well as the NEC Display Solutions distribution network. Our key strengths in delivering comprehensive product support and servicing to customers will be fundamental for a successful launch of DST large format displays in Europe. “The 40 inch MicroTouch DST touch screen is the first in a planned product range of large format (over 30 inches) touch screens. Key application include conference rooms, educations, financial exchange, retail signage and billboard, transportation, and other varied indoor venues such as casino hospitality, trade shows, clubs and restaurants.“We are seeing significant potential for touch in the non-consumer, large screen LCD display market,” commented Francesco Fasoglio, European Market Development Manager, 3M Touch Systems. “Large format touchscreens offer particular benefits for the retail market. As more and more purchasing decisions are made at the point of advertising, whether in a supermarket or a retail chain, large format displays help to capture the audience and direct the customer to the most profitable item. Using touch, customers interact with the system to access more information on a specific item, enhancing their overall shopping experience. This helps the retailer to maintain a strong brand image whilst improving customer satisfaction and retention.” DST represents a fundamentally different approach to touch. Unlike other solutions that recognize touch by the interruption of electrical fields, acoustic waves, optical fields, or infrared light, DST recognizes touch by interpreting bending waves created in the overlay substrate via the impact of a touch. This approach helps eliminate performance issues associated with on-screen contaminants and surface scratches, while offering enhanced palm rejection. All of these features represent key functional advantages in the target application segments.
* The head of the development department of Gauselmann. Dr. Werner Schroer, has been appointed as a new member of the board of Gauselmann AG. Dr. Schroer joined the Gauselmann Group as head of development of adp Gauselmann in 2000. Since 2004 he has been responsible for the entire developments field of German and European AWP gaming and touch products (Merkur subsidiary). In addition, Dr. Schroer also took the lead in introducing the LED technology to Gauselmann benchmark for the whole industry.
* Progressive Gaming International has dropped its patent infringement suit against Paltronics in the US. Executive Vice President and General Counsel Robert Ziems stated: “We have been evolving away from proprietary hardware to a software –based technology and content business model across the board, including our architecture of these systems will not be dependent on proprietary hardware. Our software-based progressive and mystery systems have been submitted to the key gaming jurisdictions and are pending approval in the large US markets where customer interest continues to grow. We could no longer justify the expense of pursuing a patent infringement case primarily focused on hardware.”
* Tony Jones and Brian Mitchell, the two owner Directors of JPM International, last month recruited Charles Walker to the company. Mr. Walker take the role of Managing Director, assisting in the formation and implementation of JPM’s business strategy as JPM expands its international operations and enters new markets. Mr. Walker, 42, brings with him a wealth of top level experience in managing high-growth companies and is already discussing new and exciting ideas for leading and developing JPM’s business news over the next few years. Mr. Walkers previous experience includes a role at Telecoms and Home Services Group, Servista, where he was Senior Vice President. Before that he was Vice President of Belgium’s national Airlines, SN Brussels Airlines (formerly Sabena), and was the founding Managing Director of Lycos UK & companies creating a major Internet brand and $ 1bn of shareholder value. Before Lycos, Charles launched Reed Elsevier’s IT online information service for 250,000 subscribers after an initial career as a news reporter for BBC Radio.
Double the sound means the widest range around
Sound Leisure and Soundnet exhibited the widest range of juke boxes and background music system at Preview 2006. “There was literally something for everyone,” said Chris Black Managing Director of Sound Leisure. “We had entry products such as our CD to digital conversions and our exciting Top of the Pops units, which are exclusive to Sound Leisure. We also displayed our new Nostalgia digital video system, and understandably this attracted considerable interest as it combines old fashioned build quality and retro good looks with cutting edge technology.” Sound Leisure also exhibited a number of custom display screens including the popular Bubbles housed in acid-colored acrylic spheres and the picture block systems that allow customers to build ‘video walls’. On the background music front, Sound Leisure has combined with its partner DT Productions/ Soundnet to create ‘Music in a Box’ a low-cost, reliable system for retailers and site owner that has very few moving parts and is incredibly simple to use. ‘Music in a Box’ cross-fades all the tracks creating seamless and integrated music programming. Key tracks on the poker play list can be tagged ensuring that important recordings are played more often.
Merkur rising in Czech capital
Aggressive expansion is the best way to describe Merkur Casinos ‘Czech market growth
Whilst visiting the product presentation of the Gauselmann subsidiary Stella and Mexim at this year’s forbes in Pragu, Rolf Klug, Member of the Gauselmannm Group Board and responsible for its Merkur International subsidiary, and Rolf Flake, CEO of Merkur Casino took the opportunity to visit the newly opened Merkur Casino located in the south-east of Prague. This new opening adds to the total of 15 Merkur operations that span the Czech Republic, five of which are located in the capital. The new Merkur Casino, with a floor space of around 400sq.m. is located in typical Czech shopping mall in a Prague suburb, and is equipped with two roulette tables, 42 AWPs and Lucky Wheel roulette innovation form Gauselmann. This high–end entertainment offer includes a hi-tech interior enhanced by a bar that serves snacks alongside hot and cold drinks. The new Merkur Casino in the garden city of Zahradni Mesto has a staff of six whose professional and high quality service is every bit as equal to that of their German Merkur-Spielothek colleagues. The Gauselmann Group has been expanding its leisure entertainment operations across Europe and the recent acceleration now see around 220 ‘hi-tech arcades’ operated by the family-run Gauselmann Group, from Germany, through Czech, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Romania and Hungary. With plans to open in Russia, Croatia, Spain and the Baltic States.
Reflex offers the Spanish alternative at FER Madrid
Since UK based Reflex Gaming was formed just one year ago, the company’s philosophy has been to offer an alternative options. Speaking to Quentin Stott on the Videmur booth at FER Madrid, and again at Preview in London, it was clear that this policy is paying dividends. Their first Spanish game, ‘Hot Reels’, is a traditional UK styled AWP, with traditional reels and a lapping secondary ‘board’ game. “The Spanish market has been dominated by six-reel games,” said Stott. “Rather than compete head-on with bigger players, we simply decided to offer a point of difference. ‘Hot Reels’ has been tested and has been homologated. It is manufactured in Spain, using our game software, so is a true partnership. Our objective is to export game software, not to build machines. We are developers and as such, are keen to establish other similar relationships with like-minded partners around Europe.” In London, Reflex showed five games for the UK market and the thinking is exactly the same. ‘Magic 500 cash’ is a multi-player Section 16 game, as is ‘Banco 500’ which refreshes the existing Bell-Fruit three-player cabinet, and the lipse based ‘Reel High Roller’. For the UK club machine market, which is now all rebuilds, ‘Pharaoh’ is high-tech lapping game and ‘Twins hot’ is a four-feel mid-tech alternative. “Again, we are all about creating differential,” confirmed Stott. “in the UK, we offer an alternative in terms of both product and price.”
* Sega Sammy buys animation studio
Sega Sammy in Japan has made TMS Entertainment a consolidated subsidiary by acquiring a 50.2 per cent stake in the affiliated animated movie maker for ¥ 5.1bn. The acquisition of TMS shares through the Nagoya Stock Exchange is part of Sega Sammy’s plan to become one of the world’s leading entertainment companies, said the holding company of amusement equipment maker Sega Corp and pachinko machine producer Sammy Corp. Sega has expanded its interests in the animation market, while scoring some success with its spin-off toy division. Sega is likely to use TMS to produce Sega-based animation for the Japanese and overseas markets. Subsidiary, Sega Toys, has also announced year–on-year revenue increases of 87 per cent, fuelled by an international distribution deal with Hasbro, Robot iDog has also been a key product selling 800,000 units, while the Mushiking franchise continues to be a runaway success.
Having poured over the statistics, the organizes of London Preview 2006 have stated that this year’s event was the largest to date. Over 3,000 coin-op industry professionals visited the show during the two days, many of them coming from overseas, with a 40 per cent increase pre-show registrations. There were a record number of exhibitors, every one of them helping to make Preview the essential networking and selling platform that it has now become in the European coin-op market. Continuing the show’s policy of bringing quality products to a quality audience, organizers have received reports from exhibitors of good sales and a strong interest in much of what was on display. Most of the exhibitors have expre4ssed their wish to exhibit again at next year’s show. “We are particularly pleasure with the amount of networking which took place, with amount of networking which took place, with many people staying well into the early hours of the following day. The hundreds of innovative new ;products on display was a credit to all the Preview exhibitors. They demonstrated a commitment to the coin-op industry by showing a positive attitude towards the future against a background of uncertainty,” stated preview’s Philip Howard. Dates for Preview 2007 to be added to your diary are: Wednesday October 11-12, 2006.
The UK Gambling Commission has appointed Philip Brear as Director of Operations. Mr. Brear joined the Commission in mid-November and is tasked with overseeing the licensing, compliance, intelligence and enforcement functions. Mr Brearjoins the Commission following a 30 – year career in policing with the Lancashire and West Yorkshire Police forces. He is currently Deputy Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, a position he has held for three years. The Gambling Act 2005, which comes fully into force in 2007, tasks the Commission with implementing and overseeing a rigorous new regulatory regime for commercial gambling in Britain, including poker betting and remote gambling. The Commission is currently recruiting new staff to carry out this enhanced remit, in preparation for its move to new Birmingham offices early in 2006.