Gaming Technology Association chief executive Ross Ferrar has dismissed a proposal to develop a pre-commitment system for poker machines using existing player tracking modules and fingerprint identification.

Phillip Ryan, managing director of technology start-up, Responsible Gaming Networks, today said the player tracking modules already in use at gaming venues could be easily adapted to incorporate precommitment.

He told TheShout the functionality of these modules could be extended to the use of fingerprint identification via a USB flash drive, so that all versions of gambling formats recognise the individual's preset limits.

But the GTA's Ferrrar dismissed the proposal as "nonsense".

"The bottom line is that if you want to change the machine to behave differently, you have to change the software," he said.

The GTA's members this week said the cost of changing the software in gaming machines so that they provide a maximum bet of $1 and a maximum prize of $500 would exceed $3 billion.

The Shout Team

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