|The US$1 billion GTech Holdings today announced that Organizacion Nacional de Ciegos Espanoles (ONCE) has with GTECH for the provision of an additional 7,000 handheld lottery terminals. ONCE, also known as the Spanish National Organization for the Blind, is authorized by the Spanish government to administer lottery and wagering games in Spain.|
ONCE, which provides employment to over 60,000 disabled people, many of whom are visually impaired, was the first GTech customer to be connected to an online lottery system through the new, highly secure handheld lottery terminals.
In 2002, GTech teamed with Ingenico, a transaction payments vendor to deliver a secure handheld lottery terminal for the thousands of visually-impaired retailers in Spain.
‘Last year, we collaborated with ONCE to bring their existing lottery activities online, and introduced a new handheld lottery terminal to the thousands of visually impaired retailers who sell lottery tickets,’ said Bruce Turner, GTech President and CEO.
The new handhelds integrate highly secure online transaction capabilities, with state-of-the-art GSM/GPRS wireless communications. The terminal also offers array imaging technology, which allows retailers to scan previously issued tickets, smart card and magnetic card readers, a receipt printer, and Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology to aid the visually impaired ONCE lottery retailers. The TTS technology reads and translates incoming messages into Spanish for the retailer, while the GSM/GPRS wireless communication permits the retailer to roam.
With the new order worth US$11 million, ONCE’s handheld terminal count is expected to rise to approximately 14,000 by the end of this year.