Konami Gaming licenses facial recognition technology to Independent Gaming

Konami Gaming announced that it has licensed its patents in facial recognition technology to Australia-based Independent Gaming. Konami, which is the developer of casino games and the SYNKROS casino management system, maintains a broad intellectual property portfolio across a spectrum of gaming sectors.

Konami first demonstrated its SYNK Vision facial recognition add-on module to SYNKROS—which implements the intellectual property described in these facial recognition patents—at G2E 2019.

SYNK Vision enables players to sign into the SYNKROS player loyalty system at EGMs and Table Games simply by sitting down in the chair in front of the EGM or a table games seat, versus having to use a traditional magnetic player card to access the loyalty system.

The recent licensing agreement is the company’s latest signed contract to “make its technology available to more players and properties worldwide,” Konami noted in a press release.

Lawrence Shepherd, Managing Director at Independent Gaming, said: “Independent Gaming is pleased to have reached an agreement with a great company such as Konami. Our IP agreement for facial recognition use in all our NEXTNET gaming systems continues the advancement of our technology.”

The benefits of biometrics within our player systems produce many possibilities for player functions and operators, ensuring our gaming customers have decisive access to key facial recognition solutions,” he added.

Tom Jingoli

For his part, Tom Jingoli, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Konami Gaming, commented: “As Konami continues to invest in future innovation, we are excited for the opportunity to make our facial recognition intellectual property available to operators across diverse global markets in different forms. We appreciate the shared collaboration with Independent Gaming on this agreement.”

Earlier this month, the business announced that a mix of original game series, game cabinets, and systems technology will be arriving at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in San Diego, on March 29 – 30, 2023.