Websphere rolls into arcade games world

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Websphere rolls into arcade games world

Cliff Saran

A games machine operator has deployed Websphere MQ, middleware, normally used in the finance industry, to keep tabs on its arcade machines and betting kiosks.

Donal McCarthy, chief technology officer at Inspired Broadcast Networks, which manages pub games machines operated by parent company LeisureLink, is using the software to provide event monitoring in real time.

The system, which will be implemented by integrator Morse, provides the company with a platform which is often used to guarantee message delivery in critical financial environments.

The £800,000 deal will see Morse implement middleware in the form of IBM Websphere MQ along with a high availability server and storage system based on the IBM eServer. Morse will also be providing Inspired with consultancy expertise to help develop client software that will be used within the monitoring system.

Each games machine is linked via a 512mbps ADSL link to the London datacentre, which uses Websphere MQ running on an IBM pSeries server under the Aix Unix operating system.

The system will be able to monitor events such as coins being inserted, the door of the machine being opened or if the application crashes.

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