We survived the days of summer and are now on the downward slope on the temperature curve headed towards the fall weather. GSA's technical committees have managed to stay cool while working hard to produce new versions in several of the committees. Thanks to VGT who hosted the August Technical Meetings in Charlottesville, Virginia. A full meeting schedule can be found here. The next major face-to-face meetings are scheduled for December and will be located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The G2S committee has wrapped up their latest errata document: G2S version 2.0.2. The committee voted this version into existence in the August face to face meeting in Charlottesville, VA. Version 2.0.2 contains numerous updates to the protocol text which provide clarifications for implementers of versions 1.0.3 and 2.0. The new version will be posted for free download shortly along with an updated clarification document that provides more information on the clarifications with references to sections clarified.
This summer there were two new extensions to G2S including a new storage class that allows an EGM to report to a host the available memory and new cabinet extensions that support hours of operation functions. Both these extensions are important to lottery operations as well as other operations that do not operate 24 hours a day.
The committee is now moving on to a new revision to G2S that will contain exciting new functionality such as an employee class, a tournament class, Lottery enhancements, player information extensions among others.
The S2S committee completed its version 1.4 of the S2S protocol. This new version contains the new tax form class that assists in automating the completion of W2G and several other tax forms as well as the financial transaction and S2S GAT extensions that have been available as public extensions but are being incorporated into S2S 1.4. The new version also contains many updates that make the protocol more flexible and user friendly. The version will be out for Membership Comment shortly and is expected to be released for free download in January, 2010.
The committee has also just began working on the next version. The preliminary report is it will include a host of new features including support for central monitoring, central handling of personal identification (PINs) security, service discovery improved communications with true peer to peer communications and others. This is a great time to get involved with the S2S committee as the committee is still in the process of determining what functionality that will be included in the next revision. The time for your input is now.
The Transport Committee is happy to announce that it released a new Point to Point and Multicast Transport specification. Both of the protocols were upgraded to provide much more information to developers making the process of implementation much clearer. Additionally the SOAP 1.1 was made the official SOAP version for the GSA transport. This update represents many hours of difficult and tedious work and the committee is excited to have this released to the public.
The GDS committee is moving closer to establishing an operational certification program. Documents are currently being reviewed to determine the normative requirements in each of the protocols so that an effective certification program can be developed. The group is also looking into an update to the GDS toolkit to make it more compatible with other computer systems. The group also found a few new business requirements such as new support for new barcodes and new feature discovery mechanisms that will be incorporated into the new versions. An update should be released by the end of calendar year 2009.
Marc McDermott, GSA Technical Director
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