The standard of bill validators changed dramatically in 2002 with the introduction of CASHFLOW SC bill validator with a proven field jam rate of 1:100,00 bills. This is mind, Fisher emphasizes that having the lowest jam rate in the industry results in reduced labor costs and increased machine up-time, explaining: “The reliability of MEI products allows operators to increase player experience and reduce maintenance costs. Operators know that choosing the product with the lowest cost of ownership in the industry allows them to be more profitable.”
Recently MEI announced the product enhancements of the next generation of CASHFLOW SC, MEI® SC Advance™. The enhancements on SC Advance are localized to the acceptor head and therefore work hand-in-hand with legacy CASHFLOW SC units already in the field. Intelligent support in the unit will be able to sense the product version and provide the appropriate software. Increased value created by SC Advance is highlighted by an improved recognition system, which provides proactive security by utilizing transmissive sensors to see all the way through bills in multiple wavelengths. SC Advance also offers faster bill-to-bill speed which upgrades the player experience and speed up transactions to expand throughput. Other benefits include expanded memory, comprehensive barcode recognition and an upgrade to USB 2.0.
“The benefits of SC Advance further raise the bar of performance expectations in driving improvements in both the player experience and operator profitability,” says Fisher. “SC Advance is not only compatible with legacy CASHFLOW SC units, but with product extensions that have expanded the reach of bill validators from the slot machine to the entire cash management process.”
One product extension that extended CASHFLOW security to the soft count room is EASITRAX Soft Count, an integrated software/hardware solution that places information collected in the CASHFLOW SC bill validator into a database that can be networked to multiple locations and be accessed to analyze slot floor performance through a series of instant reports. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is used to connect slot machine asset numbers and bill validator operational information to a specific cashbox.
Introduced in 2008, EASITRAX Soft Count is installed in more than 30 casinos globally. A few of the most notable US openings that specified EASITRAX Soft Count are Green Brier Resort, Calder Casino, Aria and Snoqualmie Casino, while international installations have occurred in Macau, Manila, Morocco and Singapore. A total installed base of over 64,000 games in two years proves the operator’s awareness of the benefits of having MEI’s products impact profitability.
MEI leverages the expertise gained from the production of over one million CASHFLOW SC bill validators. Fisher explains, “MEI continues to expand its portfolio of solutions to increase the breadth of applications in which MEI can provide operators.” MEI products are reliable – exceeding expectations on the core values that create value.