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AI-based lottery slip recognition for tablets at lottery sales points


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adesso has developed software designed to recognise lottery slips automatically using cloud and AI technology for Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG (WestLotto). The software, optimised for use on handy tablet computers and the first of its kind on the market, will allow lottery players to hand in their slips at smaller sales points that do not have the space for conventional lottery terminals. WestLotto is set to roll out the practical tablet solution across its sales points in North Rhine-Westphalia from early 2023. The new software is being unveiled to the international lottery industry at the World Lottery Summit in Vancouver, which begins on 16 October. ​

Tablets have been in use at smaller WestLotto sales points in North Rhine-Westphalia since 2017. WestLotto uses the handy, space-saving devices as an alternative to large lottery terminals in stores, with one downside: customers can only play the lottery by the salesperson entering their numbers directly, by choosing a set of random “lucky dip” numbers or by using WestLotto’s digital service. Without a scanning function, the tablet terminals cannot read or process paper slips. The new software changes all this. From next year, it is expected that customers will be able to play the lottery by filling out a conventional lottery coupon at smaller sales points, such as newspaper kiosks, small beverage stores and bakeries, too. Using the software developed by adesso for WestLotto tablets, lottery slips can be scanned directly at the sales point.

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Andreas Luckmann heads the sales department in the Lottery business unit at adesso: “The adesso solution for lottery ticket recognition relies on cloud and AI technologies in combination with machine learning methods.” (Copyright: private)

“Tablet-based lottery slip recognition is a challenging task,” explains Andreas Luckmann, who heads up lottery business at adesso. “Conventional terminals feature a feed-in scanner that takes in the lottery slip, smooths it out if it is creased and reads the numbers selected by the player. Tablets don’t have such scanners, and so have to determine the numbers on the lottery slip using a photo. The adesso solutions combines cloud and AI technologies with machine learning methods. The selected lottery numbers are correctly interpreted using AI algorithms.”

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Michael Stücker is Head of IT Development at WestLotto that “has been relying on adesso’s technical know-how and lottery expertise for many years”. (Copyright: WestLotto)​

Michael Stücker is head of the IT development department at WestLotto and has been working with IT service provider adesso for years: “We have relied on the wealth of technical know-how and lottery expertise at adesso since 1999. After adesso’s successful design and realisation of our online lottery portal for our customers, we have now joined forces again to implement lottery slip recognition on our Android tablets. We have created a fully fledged alternative to conventional terminals, with slips able to be scanned and processed using the tablet’s camera function.”

WestLotto will be presenting the tablets with the new solution together with adesso at the adesso booth at the World Lottery Summit, which takes place between 16 and 20 October in Vancouver, Canada. Alongside its successful multi-channel sales platform LotteryForce, adesso will also be showcasing another new solution adessoDraws, the electronic lottery number drawing system that is based on blockchain technology and open source algorithms.

New partner Fennica Gaming, a subsidiary of Finland’s national lottery provider Veikkaus, will also be present at the adesso booth to demonstrate the online scratch card solution (elnstants) developed in partnership with adesso’s LotteryForce system.

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nanocosmos is kicking off its 25th anniversary at ICE London 2023 to present refined features for real-time streaming at booth N9-322

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The well-established and awarded provider for B2B interactive live streaming starts this year’s dedicated celebration of the company’s 25 years of innovation at ICE London.

Since nanocosmos joined ICE for the first time in 2018, the unique live video streaming platform nanoStream Cloud has raised the bar for live games and live bets being available anywhere at any given time on any device. Right from the beginning, the global gaming industry responded with fantastic feedback in regard to the ultra-low latency live streaming platform that delivers interactive content anywhere in the world on any device – even on mobile platforms, including iOS. The solution has matured and grown into a full featured end-to-end platform with a global network with hundreds of hosts for 24/7/365 operations. This includes unique live video streaming technology and additional tools for analytics and security. Clients from the iGaming and betting space particularly value the fact that the solution combines 100% stability with global access and allows platform operators to deliver interactive games with maximum quality of service and quality of experience for business applications around the world.

CEO and founder Oliver Lietz says: “In the midst of a rapidly changing industry, we noticed that next to the strong demand for games and betting to be available on any device anywhere in the world at ultra-low latency, it is incredibly important for our clients that they can rely on the stability of our platform. 25 years in the audio/video industry is a lot considering how we started in the video broadcast industry with software innovations from the ground off. I am proud that we can dedicate this year to celebrate sustainable innovation and partnerships, which have been our core values from the beginning.”

At booth N9-322, the nanocosmos team will showcase their product – nanoStream Cloud – with new features that highlight ease of use and refine the focus on Quality of Service and Quality of Experience.

 

New technical features to boost iGaming, betting and live casino include expanded global footprint, security, ease of use and the SRT launch

The smart spectrum of nanoStream Cloud delivers games in real-time, provides adaptive, data driven streaming for improved Quality of Service and Quality of Experience and relies on a strong Content Delivery Network, which has been significantly expanded over the last 12 months and which now further improves scalability to South America.

A series of new features make it easier and faster for stream administrators to manage and secure their streams: nanocosmos will launch nanoStream Guardian at ICE, which extends nanoStream Cloud’s security features to protect streams from misuse. Based on IP and referrer blocking, users can create blocklists for their organization and easily control which pages and users are allowed to play their streamed games.

In addition, new API routes are now available within Analytics: This allows customers to better observe their streams and to optimize the performance of their delivered content. Clients can now detect issues early during the ingestion of content, e.g., by receiving information about data not coming through or dropping bitrates. By contributing to a “healthy streaming workflow” right from the beginning, clients can optimize the quality of experience for their customers based on adaptive bitrate streaming on any device and network. Another highlight is the official launch of the SRT and Whip streaming protocols for improving live stream quality in bad network situations and from distant locations.

At ICE booth N9-322, the nanocosmos team plans to run special events and activities to celebrate 25 years of innovation.

 

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MGA Games presents Circus Mystery, the first slot game on the market featuring mini-games with hidden objects

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Jokers, cannons, and top hats welcome players to Circus Mystery, the new casino slot game from MGA Games. A game that invites you to explore the mystery behind its circus reels.

With great themed music, the slot game’s protagonist acts as the master of ceremonies and leads the players to the big circus stage. With its 5-reels, in the main game, artists, acrobats, and clowns present the most wonderful show in the world.

In addition, the slot game incorporates an outstanding innovation with its ‘hidden objects’ mini-games, which makes it the first slot game on the market with this new option. When a player gets 3 or more bonus symbols in the main game, they can access the Circus Mystery mini-games. There are 3 in total, the circus tent, the office full of mysterious objects, and the secret room of chests. Players are encouraged to play the different mini-games and find a hidden key. In two of them, players must locate the hidden objects, either manually or by allowing the game to do so automatically by clicking on the ‘play’ button.

Circus Mystery is a technologically perfect product, designed with MGA Games’ Triple View technology, that allows you to play from any device without waiting, thanks to sequential loading. MGA Games remain true to its philosophy of continually improving and offering better effects, graphics, and animations, as seen in this slot game. The moving birds, balloons, spotlights on the reels, and confetti celebrations all deliver the authentic magic of the circus.

Circus Mystery is a low-volatility game with 25 prize lines available in multiple languages. It will be available to international operators as of January 30th, 2023.

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Red Tiger’s Blood Suckers™ Megaways™ Allows Players to Hunt Down Creatures of the Night in Epic Revamp

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Red Tiger has launched Blood Suckers™ Megaways™, a chilling revamp of the renowned NetEnt classic enhanced by the industry-changing MegawaysTM mechanics. This macabre game, where players are advised to hang tight onto their wooden stakes as they slay the vampires, comes in addition to great Red Tiger remakes of further successful heritage NetEnt titles, such as Gonzo’s Quest™ Megaways™ and Piggy Riches™ Megaways™.

Creatures of the dark manifest onto the blood-soaked reels as the game’s noir ambience tests the player’s nerves. Sliding the top of the randomly appearing coffins aside, players must drive a wooden stake through the sleeping vampire’s hearts for valuable rewards.

Random and Super Wilds will either summon symbols to complement Megaways™ matches or evoke random Ways Multipliers onto the reels, respectively. If at least 3 Scatters club together on the reels, they will take the player to Free Spins—the more Scatters, the more coffins the lucky players can open at the beginning of the Bonus Round. Unveiling the rewards in the coffins by killing the undead monsters, players can enter the moldy mausoleum for Free Spins, where they may be empowered by random Wilds, Super Wilds, Bonus Spins, and Wins Multipliers for potentially greater wins.

Gionata La Torre, Chief Executive Officer Europe at Evolution, said: “The sinister creatures of the classic NetEnt title make a second appearance in this epic revamp, spiced up with exciting new features. The team has done a fantastic job bringing together the best signature elements from our versatile brand portfolio to create a game that will thrill and entertain new and returning players alike. Better keep the garlic and holy water close – it’s time to go vampire hunting in Blood Suckers™ Megaways™!”

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