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GSA BOB Message Protocol v1.1

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000127701D
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-10
Document File: 564 page(s) / 6M

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Abstract

Support for dozens of proprietary gaming industry protocols are commonly required to allow various types of gaming systems and components to function properly and communicate with each other. In many cases that communication is impossible. With the enormous number of available combinations of systems and equipment, much of the cost and resources in gaming development, production, and implementation is diverted from actual game content and expended on complex solutions to incompatibility issues. The Gaming Standards Association provides the Best of Breed (BOB) Message Protocol, an open standard, to resolve the incompatibility issues between gaming devices and host systems. BOB enables secure communications between a gaming device, such as a slot machine or meter, and multiple host systems, such as accounting and cashless. BOB is based on XML and other industry standard protocols, such as TCP/IP, XML, SOAP, HTTP and Ethernet. BOB is a request-response protocol organized into classes of commands that correspond to logical or physical components of an electronic gaming machine (EGM). A core set of required classes provides for essential functions: manage logical devices and host command subscriptions, manage EGM-host communications, monitor/manage statuses of physical components and security, monitor/control main processor board and ancillary components and data related to game play (such as paytable, theme, and denomination), and collect meter information. Manufacturer-specific extensions are allowed for a number of BOB elements, such as the various meter classifications, identification types, and logical devices. Additional, optional classes enable capable EGMs to monitor and control peripheral devices: coin and note acceptors, hoppers, and printers. Other optional classes allow EGMs to perform advanced functions: manage large wins and other payouts not payable at the EGM, such as jackpots and cancelled credits; control traditional progressive jackpots; award bonuses, such as win multipliers or mystery progressives; track player activity and provide player incentives; issue and redeem vouchers (also tickets or coupons); and manage funds transfer between EGM and host. There are also classes for gathering delta (as opposed to absolute) meter information and performing game authentication functions. The BOB Message Protocol addresses EGM-host communications in a gaming environment. Other GSA protocols address EGM-peripheral and system-system communications. All GSA standards are open, founded on existing industry standards and technologies, and developed to support each other. BOB can be implemented alone or with other GSA open protocols for complete integrated solutions. Development of the open BOB Message Protocol is a collaborative effort by and for the gaming industry, with the involvement of worldwide GSA member gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators, and regulators. Widespread implementation of the BOB protocol will reduce costs for development, production, and integration of EGMs and gaming systems; and allow competition and resources to focus on innovation in products and processes.

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ABSTRACT

GSA BOB Message Protocol v1.1

Support for dozens of proprietary gaming industry protocols are commonly required to allow various types of gaming systems and components to function properly and communicate with each other. In many cases that communication is impossible. With the enormous number of available combinations of systems and equipment, much of the cost and resources in gaming development, production, and implementation is diverted from actual game content and expended on complex solutions to incompatibility issues.

The Gaming Standard Association provides the Best of Breed (BOB) Message Protocol, an open standard, to resolve the incompatibility issues between gaming devices and host systems. BOB enables secure communications between a gaming device, such as a slot machine or meter, and multiple host systems, such as accounting and cashless. BOB is based on XML and other industry standard protocols, such as Ethernet, SSL, SOAP, and TCP/IP.

BOB is a request-response protocol organized into classes of commands that correspond to logical or physical components of an electronic gaming machine (EGM). A core set of required classes provides for essential functions: manage logical devices and host command subscriptions, manage EGM-host communications, monitor/manage statuses of physical components and security, monitor/control main processor board and ancillary components and data related to game play (such as paytable, theme, and denomination), and collect meter information.

Additional, optional classes enable capable EGMs to monitor and control peripheral devices: coin and note acceptors, hoppers, and printers. Other optional classes allow EGMs to perform advanced functions: manage large wins and other payouts not payable at the EGM, such as jackpots and cancelled credits; control traditional progressive jackpots; award bonuses, such as win multipliers or mystery progressives; track player activity and provide player incentives; issue and redeem vouchers (also tickets or coupons); and manage funds transfer between EGM and host. There are also classes for gathering delta (as opposed to absolute) meter information and performing game authentication functions.

The BOB Message Protocol addresses EGM-host communications in a gaming environment. Other GSA protocols address EGM-peripheral and system-system communications. All GSA standards are open, founded on existing industry standards and technologies, and developed to support each other. BOB can be implemented alone or with other GSA open protocols for complete integrated solutions. Development of the open BOB Message Protocol is a collaborative effort by and for the gaming industry, with the involvement of worldwide GSA member gaming manufacturers, suppliers, operators, and regulators. Widespread implementation of the BOB protocol will reduce costs for development, production, and integration of EGMs and gaming sy...