|Denver Company’s GPS Service Ensures “Perfect Regulation of Remote Gambling”|
June 22, 2004 [Denver, Colo.] A public hearing was held last week in the chambers of the Nevada Gaming Commission (Carson City, Nev.). The primary topic on Thursday afternoon’s agenda involved the exploration of electronic means to regulate remote gambling that might take place within the state’s boundaries. Among the invitees before the commission was Global Cyber Licensing LLC of Denver, Colorado.
Speaking on behalf of Global Cyber in front of the five commissioners were Bill White [CEO] and Paul Siegel [VP], who explained that the company’s Web-based service—one that employs the U.S. government’s Global Positioning System—offers a foolproof method for guaranteeing that prospective intrastate gamblers are truly situated within the state’s borders.
Two years ago, Governor Kenny Guinn signed legislation that legalized Internet gambling in the state of Nevada. The process is now more broadly referred to as remote gambling as it encompasses a variety of play-for-pay options that can occur outside a casino’s walls. This might include cell phone wagering and kiosk-type gambling from non-traditional locations, as well as the standard profile of at-home gamblers who play slot- and poker-type games on the Internet.
As part of the original legislation, the state’s Gaming Control Board was asked to write a series of regulations that would govern participation and ensure that play was both fair and within the bounds of legality. One of the most important factors involves determining conclusively that registered gamblers are participating only from within the state’s geographic borders. Because the Internet is inherently borderless, the Control Board has heretofore been unable to create rules or adopt the means for making this determination.
Bill White’s opening remarks to the Commission included the statement, “Remote gambling and land-based gambling are essentially the same. Only the methods of delivery are different. We are here today to show how you can extend the same sort of regulatory oversight to remote gambling that is currently enjoyed with casino-based gambling.” He went on to describe the GPS technology that governs Global Cyber’s service. “With this mouse-sized GPS receiver plugged into a player’s computer, Nevada regulators can determine the exact location of any registered gambler.”
Part of the 10-minute presentation involved a live demonstration of Global Cyber’s GPS system. The commissioners were able to see the data stream of GPS signals displayed on Mr. White’s laptop computer, as well as post-processed information that confirmed the location of the computer to within just a few meters.
Afterward, speaking to reporters and other interested parties outside the hearing room, Paul Siegel explained the importance of Global Cyber’s service.
“Until now it was nearly impossible to accurately receive GPS signals indoors. We’ve spent more than $6 million and three-plus years working on perfecting this system, but only in the last four or five months has a reliable indoor GPS receiver been available on the market.”
Global Cyber Licensing uses an off-the-shelf GPS receiver to interface with its proprietary software in order to confirm a user’s exact location. A unique use of the raw data disseminated by each of the 28 satellites that comprise the Global Positioning System allows a central server to identify the exact location of someone who wishes to gain access to a protected Web site. Because of the way Global Cyber’s software processes this data, one’s location cannot be falsified. Through a predecessor company that patented the use of the GPS data stream in network applications—notably for computer security—Global Cyber Licensing holds an exclusive license to deploy this system worldwide for use in Internet gambling operations.
Siegel added, “Our marketing strategy involves introducing this service to gambling regulators worldwide and obtaining their decisions to adopt it as the standard for providing border control within their jurisdictions. The availability of effective border control could open the way for Internet gambling to become a legitimate industry in many jurisdictions throughout the world.”
For the next monthly meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission, a summary of each of the presented technologies will be reviewed. In addition to Global Cyber’s GPS-based border control service, the group will also consider services that help determine that prospective remote players are of legal gambling age, which is 21in Nevada.
About the company
Global Cyber Licensing LLC is a Nevada company based in Denver, Colo. Led by CEO Bill White, the company has created a computer network-based service that uses the Global Positioning System to accurately determine the physical location of prospective gamblers on the Internet. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the following:
VP Business Development
Global Cyber Licensing LLC
P.O. Box 40410
Denver, CO 80204
Tel: (303) 807-6449
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