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Camelot outlines IT for lottery channels

Camelot has outlined its IT strategy to underpin the launch of new services for interactive television and mobile phones.

Camelot, which launched its Lotto game online last December, aims to become the UK's largest seller of interactive lottery products worldwide. It is due to launch the lottery on interactive TV in the spring and on mobile phones later in the year.

Camelot will run the interactive services on IBM servers - two large D690 servers and a Websphere Apache server. A transaction engine, supplied by Alpha Gols, is linked to a credit reference system from Experian to allow Camelot to verify that online customers are aged 16 or above.

Customer transactions from mobile phones and other new channels will pass over a virtual private network, supported by Camelot's 35 IT staff, plus contractors.

Eric Brown, head of interactive technology at Camelot, said the main challenges would be developing a multi-channel architecture to support the interactive systems and ensuring that IT systems could meet peaks in demand.

"Everyone wants to buy their tickets online at about 7pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, ahead of the 7.30 deadline," Brown said.

Richard Hurd Wood, director of interactive services at Camelot, said the company took the threat of hackers seriously and had a three-pronged security strategy comprising firewalls, intrusion detection systems and systems that can respond to a hacking attack.


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