Unico personnel have been providing technology solutions and consulting services to the wagering industry, nationally and internationally since the 1970’s. High profile projects include the implementation of telephone betting systems for the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club (RHKJC) and development of the Autotote system in the USA.
In 1980, Unico architects were involved in the development of the Victorian On-course Totaliser System (VOTS). VOTS acted as the controlling node for a network of cooperating totalisator systems: VOTS combined the money wagered on course (its own ‘pools’) with money wagered at Victorian TAB outlets and accumulated by the Victorian TAB’s totalisator system, and with money wagered at interstate TABs and accumulated by their own systems. VOTS calculated the ‘dividends’ then reconciled the money owing to and from each TAB.
When it was developed, the VOTS system was owned by the Victorian Racing Clubs. The VRC regarded the TAB (Totalisator Agency Board) as merely their ‘Agent’. The reality was, however, that the TAB wagering turnover was far greater than the on course wagering turnover. The TAB purchased the VOTS system, but the mode of operation continued with VOTS continuing as the controlling node for multi-state wagering.
The TAB’s off-course totalisator system was having difficulty coping with increasing demands placed on it during the Spring Racing Carnival, and the TAB sought to replace it and the VOTS system with a single system.