08/15/2006 11:00PM

New bet-security tests in works

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A company set up by the Association of Racing Commissioners International has entered into a partnership with a gambling security company to sell services to test the security of racetracks' bet-processing networks, the RCI announced Wednesday.

RCI Integrity Services Inc., a subsidiary of the RCI formed earlier this year to market security tools to racetracks, will offer the services through a partnership with Gaming Laboratories International Inc., according to the RCI. The services, which will include tests on bet-processing networks and analysis of the networks' software and hardware, will be offered to parimutuel operators, including racetracks and account-wagering operations, and to racing commissions, according to Ed Martin, the president of the RCI.

"Basically, a team of engineers would come in, test the system, and issue recommendations about any vulnerabilities," Martin said.

The tests will specifically allow parimutuel operators to determine whether any unauthorized betting locations are wagering into a track's commingled pools, Martin said.