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September 30, 2020

How Live Casino Technology Trends are Improving the Overall Player Experience



Live casinos are part of a fast-growing trend in the world of online gaming. These institutions employ personnel who work in a physical casino environment, but they allow players to place wagers from their own devices no matter where they are at the time. While this has proven extremely convenient for players, it's also ensured that live casino operators have needed to invest heavily in technological solutions that power this unique betting experience.



Perhaps the most visible adaptations have been related to payment services. Some cashless casinos now accept cryptocurrency tokens while others have elected to focus on traditional online financial exchange services like PayPal (News - Alert). These features have given users the freedom to deposit money as well as withdraw their winnings when they have a particularly good day of gaming. By employing 256 and 512-bit encryption algorithms coupled with two-factor authorization schemes, casino operators have helped to dramatically reduce the risk of fraud as well.

On top of this, a number of other technological features have also helped to bring the live casino concept to a wider audience.

Cameras & Teleconferencing Equipment

The most sophisticated live casino operators have done their best to replicate the experience of being in a physical gaming parlor even when a player is sitting in their own living room looking at a laptop or smartphone. In order to do this, they've cordoned off sections of their establishments and surrounded them with cameras. Depending on the specific type of games being offered, they might provide a variety of different angles to show players that the games are being played fairly.

Each of these cameras is then tied to a live video stream, which is accessible by visiting the casino's website or through using a locally installed app. Many of these services are offered by existing gaming organizations that make use of their current staff. For instance, the Hopa Canada new online casino services are provided by actual real dealers who play live roulette, blackjack and baccarat in front of a series of cameras tied to encrypted HTTPS-based video feeds. Players can place bets based on the actions taken by these real individuals.

This provides an experience that's much closer to what one might have experienced in an actual casino. When computers attempt to pick random numbers, they normally struggle to some degree because most seed states generate numbers in a pseudorandom manner. Real dealers help to overcome this technological limitation by drawing from actual decks of cards.

Engineers have developed a special device known as a game control unit, which aids dealers in providing these services online.

New Technologies Incorporated into GCU Boxes

Every table that provides live casino services needs to have a GCU box attached to it. These normally contain a microcontroller as well as a piece of boot media that contains a valid install of an open-source operating system and a series of codecs or compression algorithms. The GCU encodes the video feed that's broadcast and makes sure that there's no major delays involved with getting the feed to individual consumers. These normally rely on transport layer security to protect any financial credentials that pass to and from a casino operator's endpoints.

Roulette tables often integrate a series of built-in sensors into the wheel, which are connected to the GCU box. These sensors interface with proprietary casino software to help punters calculate the odds and place wagers. Some organizations have integrated wearable devices as well, which can add an additional dimension to casino gaming. In a few instances, engineers have been able to provide optional VR feeds for the benefits of those using headsets.

They've also taken a look at new ways to integrate database software into the equation.

Sophisticated Databases Developed by the Casino Industry

As the legal landscape changes, many live casino operators have been able to add some form of sports betting to their list of services. Providing these kinds of services requires providers to come up with some way to feed statistics to players as well as the casinos themselves.

Distributed database software works by deploying a portion of a software installation inside of a cookie served to client devices. The remainder of the database is run from a cloud-based infrastructure and communicates with statistics provided by the various sports leagues to keep players abreast of changes in real-time.

All of these technological advancements have led to a much improved experience for players. Those who find it inconvenient to make their way to a physical casino can enjoy the same type of services directly on their phones or PCs. They're also free to enjoy games that might not otherwise be offered at the casino they would otherwise frequent.

While it can be difficult to predict trends in the live casino industry, it's likely that engineers will devote themselves to further developing these technologies in the hopes of providing an even more secure and fun experience for consumers.


 
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