The owners of the new $11 million Dunedin casino plan to spend nearly $1 million on IT.
Christchurch Casinos (which owns part of Dunedin Casino) IS manager, Tom King, says the cost of just under $1 million on IT includes hardware, software and support services. He says the company will have either four or five servers in Dunedin, which will run Unix, NT and Novell.
"It's [the platform] fairly varied. It's driven partly because of the gaming suppliers themselves. They've chosen to use either Unix or NT as a platform to deliver their applications on."
People, he says, may not realise what technical organisations casinos actually are. Not only does information have to be gathered from the likes of cash desks and bars, but the gaming machines themselves are sophisticated. "They require a [fair] amount of support and maintenance."
King says under the Casino Control Act there's a requirement for an EMS (electronic monitoring system). The way the machines operate is monitored by independent laboratories engaged by the Casino Control Authority, but the EMS gives the company information about whether the machine is "falling over" or developing faults. "It's almost like any other network device in a sense."
There's a requirement for casinos nowadays to ensure they make a big investment in IT to improve the business, says King.
Dunedin Casino is looking for an IT support specialist to work in the Dunedin operation. The casino needs someone who can provide user, system and network support and diagnosis. The person must have networking experience in a client-server, multi-operating system environment running Novell 5, SCO Unix and NT.
The casino is expected to open in September this year in the city's Southern Cross Hotel. It will have about 12 tables and 170 gaming machines.