AAMA Creates Standardization Committee, Approves Universal Card Link Protocol

Posted On: 10/27/2014

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ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL -- The American Amusement Machine Association said it has formed the AAMA Standardization Committee to study and develop technical standards for amusement machines. To that end, AAMA has approved its first standard, the Universal Card Link, which is a connector protocol between machines and debit card systems.

The formation of the technical committee was announced during the association's membership meeting in August when Bay Tek production and quality manager Adam Ambrosius presented results of a survey he conducted on coin doors and card reader connectors.

At Bay Tek, Ambrosius had observed that numerous machine parts were being sent to operators each month to fix the same problem: linking malfunctions during debit card system installations. He spoke with other game manufacturers and learned they were having similar card system compatibility issues. His solution was to create a standard that uses a 9-pin connector, female end on the machine, which connects to a card reader. By using the same Universal Card Link protocol, or UCL, damage to equipment during the card system installations should be eliminated.

Ambrosius interviewed gamemakers Benchmark, ICE, LAI, Raw Thrills and Sega, among others, along with several payment card companies, including Embed, Ideal, Intercard and Sacoa, to develop the UCL solution. He heads the new AAMA committee, which consists of other engineers.

Click here to download the UCL manual.

AAMA said it is developing UCL stickers. Game manufacturers will have the option of creating their own stickers based on the new UCL specifications or purchasing them through the association. Email AAMA's Tina Schwartz for more information.