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US – Regulators and suppliers reap benefits of new GAT Standards from GSA

By - 21 June 2016

Recently the Gaming Standards Association (GSA) released 11 new, mature standards for the gaming industry, and now regulators and suppliers are reaping the benefits of three of GSA’s new standards that relate to GAT (Game Authentication Terminal).

GSA’s suite of GAT-related standards includes GAT (Game Authentication Terminal) v4.1, NGI (Network GAT Interface) v1.0, and TGR (Trusted GAT Results File Format) v1.0. Each of the standards enjoyed review and input from regulators and is available for free download now at www.gamingstandards.com.

“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 modernization and streamlining of the entire process,” said Mark Pace, Vice President, Global Technical Operations at Scientific Games International, and Vice-Chair of the GSA Board of Directors.

First in the suite is GAT (Game Authentication Terminal) v4.1 standard that broadens GAT’s appeal and further standardizes usage. With this standard, regulators and operators can better identify and authenticate gaming software and firmware in the field, streamlining the authentication processes.

Next is NGI (Network GAT Interface) v1.0 standard, which makes GAT functionality available through network connections using a simple HTTP/REST interface, providing an additional access option to regulators. NGI v1.0 also includes new commands for requesting expected GAT results from a trusted source.

Last in the GAT suite is TGR (Trusted GAT Results File Format) v1.0. This new specification describes a simple file format for distributing expected GAT results in a secure manner. Download servers can use these results to verify proper software installation. Regulatory servers can use these results to authenticate software that has been deployed in the field.

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