Wireless gaming has seen a rise in popularity as sophisticated handheld devices with rich feature capabilities continue to be developed. For gamblers, the added mobility provided by these handheld devices allows them to raise a bid wherever they may be. This increasing availability of online gambling via mobile devices creates many concerns over security, the law and identity theft.
Recently, Diamond I Inc.,
developer of wireless gaming devices, announced
their thoughts on the positive contribution of biometrics for wireless gaming and other wireless application systems such as shopping and entertainment.
Diamond I believes the benefits provided by their patent pending Biometrically-Secured Portable Wireless Entertainment, Shopping & Gaming System application can offer enhanced security and identification benefits for both users and businesses.
For casinos, who have begun to adapt handheld devices for on-premise gambling that doesn’t require gamblers to be located right in front of the table, including voice and fingerprint biometric technologies into the design of Diamond I's new GS2 models lets casino's verify users and ensure that those using the devices are authorized to do so.
According to a recent news release
, "Diamond I believes that the GS2 is the first newly-designed wireless hand-held gaming device introduced since the Nevada Gaming Commission adopted final regulations implementing Nevada Law AB471, which authorizes the use of mobile communication devices for gaming in public areas in Nevada casinos."
Both voiceprint and fingerprint biometrics offer enhanced security by scanning a persons unique fingerprint or measuring and identifying various aspects of a persons voice to ensure their identity. With these capabilities added to wireless gaming devices, the risk of breaking the law, becoming a victim of identity theft and other related threats are eliminated.
The news release
also highlighted Diamond I's intentions to pursue cellular gambling over cell phones as well as cellular-gambling opportunities in international markets. The company also noted voiceprint and fingerprint technology as not just providing benefits for gambling, instead, their biometric technologies can extend beyond gambling and provide security products for the financial services, travel and tourism industries. These strategies are currently being developed by Diamond I management.
Fixed-mobile convergence is no longer a matter of “if” but “when” and although projections vary on timing, everyone knows the it is now inevitable. How can service providers capitalize on it? What do enterprises and end-users need to do to prepare for it? Be sure to attend the Mobility Summit taking place at INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & Expo, WEST, which runs October 10-13, 2006, in San Diego.