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NMi SMDA test facility Southampton live!!

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NMi has opened a new SMDA test facility in Southampton for interoperability and interchangeability testing, which is live since the 4th of August 2017!

Smart metering systems are being installed in around 26 million homes and small businesses in Great Britain. Correctly performing and secure smart meters and devices will ensure that smart metering benefits are delivered to energy consumers, energy suppliers and other industry parties. Assurance that smart metering devices will meet requirements and can be exchanged without impact to other devices will provide confidence and eliminate avoidable costs.

SMDA scheme
Energy suppliers in liaison with other key players decided that specific Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) scheme was needed to deliver the necessary confidence to consumers, suppliers and financiers that smart metering devices in homes and small businesses will work properly. In January 2015, Gemserv was appointed as the SMDA Scheme Operator by the SMDA Company (SMDA Co) to take the main task of setting up the assurance testing scheme.

One of the key aspects of the SMDA scheme was to have an independent test house that conducts testing of the devices. NMi was selected to take this forward as the official SMDA Test House at the end of last year. This was an important step towards supporting the smart metering rollout in Great Britain.

A new dedicated SMDA laboratory in Southampton that offers all necessary testing services for smart metering devices was opened by NMi. Since the 4th of August 2017 this laboratory is live. Manufacturers of smart gas and electricity meters and other devices, such as In-Home Displays (IHDs) and Pre-Payment Interface Devices (PPMIDs), can have their products tested in this laboratory against a set of test specifications developed by the SMDA Scheme Operator in consultation with the scheme members. When after testing a smart metering device is found to meet the SMDA test specifications, that design will be awarded the SMDA assurance mark and registered in the Device Assurance Register (DAR).

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The SMDA testing consists mainly of two items:

  • interoperability testing, to demonstrate that smart meters are able to communicate properly with the Data Communications Company (DCC) systems; and
  • interchangeability testing, to check that all devices connected to any individual Home Area Network (HAN), such as meters, IHDs, PPMIDs or HAN Connected Auxiliary Load Switches (HCALCs) can communicate and operate with each other correctly, irrespective of the device manufacturer.

Henri Schouten, Business Development Manager Utilities at NMi explains: “We are proud to be selected SMDA Test House and offer those services to support the Smart Metering rollout in Great Britain. In our Southampton lab the smart metering devices will be tested and examined using all necessary Wide Area Network (WAN) and HAN communication technologies and applications. We have also prepared specific equipment for electricity meters to perform the interoperability and interchangeability testing to simulate real life operation using actual electrical load where required. Furthermore, for gas meters a specific rack is installed, producing air flow that will also simulate real life conditions during testing.”…

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Fast Track Enters into Partnership with 4Play

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Fast Track, the leading player engagement platform built specifically for the iGaming industry, has partnered with 4Play, a dynamic and innovative gaming operator renowned for its exceptional player experiences in both casino and sports betting.

Launched in 2023, 4Play has rapidly gained recognition in the industry, primarily targeting the burgeoning Brazilian market. With a commitment to delivering unparalleled entertainment, 4Play offers its players a seamless experience in Portuguese, featuring popular gaming verticals such as casino and sports betting.

4Play’s decision to integrate Fast Track CRM comes as part of its strategic initiative to bolster player retention and streamline operations through advanced automation. Fast Track’s robust platform will enable 4Play to automate complex player journeys, ensuring each interaction is personalised and timely.

“We are excited to partner with Fast Track to elevate our player engagement strategies. Their innovative approach to CRM and their commitment to creating individualised player experiences align perfectly with our vision for 4Play. We look forward to leveraging their platform to enhance our player retention and operational efficiency,” Mateus Ihering, Chief Operating Officer of 4Play, said.

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Fast Track’s CRM platform, recognised for its real-time data capabilities and comprehensive automation suite, will support 4Play in achieving its business goals. By automating player communications and optimising the registration journey, 4Play aims to significantly increase its number of depositors while maintaining a high level of engagement among its 148,000 monthly active users.

Simon Lidzén, Co-Founder and CEO of Fast Track, said: “We are delighted to welcome 4Play into the Fast Track family. Their innovative spirit and dedication to providing top-tier player experiences make them an ideal partner. Together, we will set new standards in player engagement and retention, ensuring that 4Play continues to thrive in the competitive iGaming landscape.”

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Pragmatic Play Enhances FullReto Partnership with Virtual Sports Addition

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, has reinforced its commitment to Latin American expansion by strengthening its existing relationship with Colombian operator FullReto.

The latest agreement will see FullReto offer its players a broad selection of Pragmatic Play’s unique Virtual Sports titles, building on an already extensive offering of over 300 Slots and Live Casino games.

Fantastic League, Greyhound Racing, and the thrilling motor racing-themed Force 1 are among the games now available to FullReto customers as the operator looks to capitalise on the rapidly increasing popularity of Virtual Sports to consolidate its position as a leading platform in Colombia.

The multi-product partnership reaffirms Pragmatic Play’s intentions to expand its offering in the LatAm markets, with FullReto now offering a vast catalogue of Pragmatic’s award-winning games across three verticals.

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Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Pragmatic Play is delighted to reinforce its partnership with FullReto by providing its players with access to its renowned Virtual Sports games. The deal not only emphasises Pragmatic Play’s desire to provide Colombian players with an exciting online gaming experience, but also demonstrates the supplier’s dedication to furthering its Latin American expansion.”

Andrés Tamayo, General Manager at FullReto, said: “FullReto’s continued collaboration with Pragmatic Play highlights our main objective of supplying the optimal player experience. The addition of Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports offering, on top of its Slots and Live Casino games, will ensure FullReto players have access to hundreds of fan-favourite games across a variety of verticals.”

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Pragmatic Play Launches Live Casino Offer at Atlantic City

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Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, has expanded its Live Casino footprint across Peru after going live with major local operator, Atlantic City.

The partnership sees Pragmatic Play’s full Live Casino portfolio integrated with the operator, enabling players in Peru to enjoy market-leading titles such as Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat from the supplier’s award-winning portfolio.

This latest agreement showcases Pragmatic Play’s plans for growth in LatAm, exhibiting an array of its verticals across multiple territories in recent months. It is the latest deal signed by Pragmatic Play with a Peruvian operator, following a comprehensive growth strategy in the country.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “Atlantic City is one of Peru’s most reputable operators and offers another opportunity to showcase the Pragmatic Play Live Casino portfolio in Peru. With an offering that will deliver exceptional gaming experiences to players, this partnership promises to cement Pragmatic Play’s position at the forefront of the Peruvian iGaming industry.”

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Alonso Huiman, Chief of Online Casino at Atlantic City, said: “This landmark agreement with Pragmatic Play is a pivotal moment for us. Its vast selection of table and card games will resonate seamlessly with our player base and we are confident that this will propel our brand to new heights.”

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