La Française des Jeux chooses Sagem Sécurité new-generation terminals to expand and modernize local network
Paris, 18 September 2009
Christophe Blanchard-Dignac, Chairman and CEO of La Française des Jeux (the French lottery operator), and Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Sécurité (Safran group), today signed a framework contract concerning the potential supply of more than 40,000 new-generation secure gaming terminals. These terminals will be installed in all La Française des Jeux sales outlets by the end of 2013.
La Française des Jeux has chosen an innovative solution that delivers benefits to all players and strengthens its network of local outlets in France to meet and exceed the expectations of its customers: new services (large color screen, contactless cards, etc.), and new commercial opportunities with the application of new game concepts.
Based on this new technology, La Française des Jeux will be able to manage its entire offering and expand its range of games (Loto, etc.) to outlets that do not currently offer the full range (24,000 points of sale at year-end 2009). In addition, it will give retailers a fast, powerful system offering an expanded and facilitated range of gaming services.
Sagem Sécurité is deploying an innovative optical document reader, representing a breakthrough in relation to current scanner technology. Combining high performance and economical operation, this technology provides high-quality images and facilitates the registration and validation of gaming tickets.
The two partners have signed an initial firm order for 12,000 terminals. The timetable for the complete program, representing an investment of more than 50 million euros, is as follows: design and development end-2009/2010; production in 2011; national deployment starting in 2012.
According to Christophe Blanchard-Dignac, "La Française des Jeux, the third largest lottery operator in the world, is now a pioneer in the use of this innovative technology, which features the latest advances in secure gaming solutions. The contract, along with a partnership between Sagem Sécurité and our subsidiary LotSys, extends the historical, technical and industrial links between these two major French enterprises."
"We are very honored that La Française des Jeux has renewed its confidence, and we are proud to be supporting this major player's commitment to innovation," said Jean-Paul Jainsky, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Sécurité. "Our new Elite range of terminals made the difference, because it encapsulates our broad-based expertise in gaming terminals and optical recognition, a technology we have already applied for more than 25 years."
Bolstering the distribution network is a top priority for La Française des Jeux. From the beginning of this year until mid-2010, it will have received over 1,200 new lottery approvals. The company is also continuing its investment program, including expenditures exceeding 140 million euros from 2009 to 2012. In particular, by 2012 La Française des Jeux plans to outfit its entire network with terminals offering real-time connectivity, to improve service for users and further enhance overall reliability.
La Française des Jeux already has the largest ADSL broadband network and the largest local network in France*, with 37,600 points of sale in newsstands, tobacco shops and bars. With one point of sale for every 1,700 inhabitants, this network spans all of mainland France, overseas departments and territories, and French Polynesia. It is present in more than 12,000 urban and rural communities, accounting for nearly 90% of the total population – and 8 to 10 million French people use the network every day.
*28,000 points of sale with ADSL broadband connections at year-end 2009.
About La Française des Jeux
La Française des Jeux offers its 29 million customers a wide range of lottery games and sports betting products that are fun, secure and compliant with responsible gaming standards. These are sold via an extensive network of 37,600 points of sale, as well as a website – www.fdjeux.com – which is used by around 730,000 players. With sales of €9.2 billion in 2008 and 930 employees, La Française des Jeux is the third-largest lottery operator in the world. It has embarked on a sustainable development policy reconciling economic development, community involvement and environmental and social development. La Française des Jeux allocates almost 28% of gaming revenues to society as funding for good causes. More specifically, 2.5% of stakes contribute to financing sports facilities and the "sport for all" movement in France.
About Sagem Sécurité
Sagem Sécurité is a high-technology company in the Safran Group. One of the world's leading suppliers of identity systems, Sagem Sécurité focuses on applications including personal rights and flow management, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, secure terminals and smart cards. Its integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and states. Sagem Sécurité is present on all continents.
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