The company that helped the Bank of Canada design its latest series of polymer banknotes is undertaking a new project that will see them help the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) modernize bingo halls throughout the province.
The Canadian Bank Note Co. (CBN) recently signed an eight-year contract with OLG create more up-to-date technology and security features for bingo halls.
“We’re providing all the IT infrastructure so they can do more than just the old fashioned paper bingo,” said Craig Bascombe, CFO and president of the lottery division for CBN.
According to an article published by the Ottawa Business Journal, the company will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing the modernized technology infrastructure for OLG’s charitable bingo and gaming division, and upgrading the halls to accommodate electronic gaming.
In addition to their experience with the Bank of Canada developing banknotes, CBN has also worked with Passport Canada to manufacture the new Canadian electronic passports, and to develop and support the technology involved with it.
This isn’t CBN’s first foray into the lottery sector. The company has experience “running secure lottery systems and currently helps run lotteries in 10 countries in the Carribbean and Central America,” reported the Ottawa Business Journal.
The partnership with OLG comes on the heels of an announcement by the provincial organization in March that they would implement “sweeping changes” to modernize the provincial gambling and gaming industry.
“This agreement with CBN is a critical component of OLG’s charitable bingo and gaming revitalization initiative,” stated Tom Marinelli, OLG’s chief information officer. “This initiative represents a new model of collaboration with commercial operators, charity associations and municipalities intended to sustain, modernize and grow revenue for charitable organizations across the province of Ontario.”