Slot Machine Gambling Regulation

Original Language Title: Änderung der Automatenglücksspielverordnung

Read the untranslated law here: http://www.ris.bka.gv.at/Dokumente/BgblAuth/BGBLA_2014_II_165/BGBLA_2014_II_165.html

165. Regulation of the Federal Minister for finance, modifies the slot machine gambling regulation

Due to 1 of § 2 para 3, § 5, section 12a paragraph 2 to 4, article 21, para. 10 and section 59 para 3 of the Gambling Act (GSpG), Federal Law Gazette No. 620/1989, as last amended by Federal Law Gazette I no. 13/2014, as well as 2 of § 131 of the federal tax code (BAO), Federal Law Gazette No 194/1961, as last amended by the Federal Act Federal Law Gazette I no. 13/2014, is prescribed: the slot machine gambling regulation , BGBl. II amended no. 69/2012, in the version of regulation BGBl. II is no. 234/2013, as follows:

1. in the table of contents of the 4th, 5th and 6th part of the table of contents are:



"Part 4 special provisions for VLT systems



§ 39.



VLT system requirements



section 40.



Application provisions for VLT



section 41.



Verification of VLT servers



§ 42.



Technical advice of VLT-Server



§ 43.



Display of types of



§ 44.



Technical advice of VLT systems



5 part special provisions for slot machines in casinos



§ 45.



Jackpot systems requirements



§ 46.



Application rules for slot machines in casinos



§ 47.



Verification of jackpot controllers



section 48.



Jackpot-related communication between slot machines and central control system



paragraph 49.



Jackpot-related requirements on slot machines



§ 50.



Technical opinion about jackpot controller



§ 51.



Technical opinion about jackpot systems



§ 52.



Display of types of



6 part final provisions



section 53.



Entry into force"2. paragraph 1 reads:

„§ 1. The slot machine gambling regulation governs the technical and construction characteristics of slot machines in the sense of § 2 para 3 GSpG and video lottery terminals in the sense of section 12a of the GSpG (VLT), whose electronic access to the data processing centre of Federal Data Center GmbH, the records to be transmitted, the access of the authorities for regulatory and tax legal purposes on the individual slot machines and VLT of permit holders and licensees, the kind of technical opinion on compliance with the gambling legislation ", Recording and storage obligations and the special provisions relating to video lottery and jackpot systems in casinos."

3. paragraph 3:

„§ 3. The meaning of this regulation is or are:



1.



API



Application programming interface (application programming interface in computer science)



2.



Connection node



Physical communication interface of the network of the holder of the authorization or concession holder to the respective site of Federal Data Center GmbH



3.



Auditmeters



Special counters to the persistence of a current 24-hour valid image of all counters to the end of the day of a Matchday (according to "auditMeters class" of the G2S Protocol)



4.



Output value



Start value of a jackpot at the beginning of each jackpot draw (sum of base value and hidden jackpot)



5.



Base value



Base value of jackpots at the beginning of a jackpot draw



6.



User



A designated by the permit holder or concessionaire and legitimate person who perceives a task in order to participate in the automated data transfer (E.g. administrator)



7.



Authorisation holder



Holder of a upright authorization to land draws with slot machines in the sense of § 5 GSpG



8.



Credit meter



Display on the gaming device to represent the available to the participants in the game available, usable amounts in credit or cash



9.



Diagnostic system



Gambling machine internal inspection system to monitor the proper functionality of the slot machines



10.



EGM



Electronic gaming machine (gaming machines)



11.



Gewinnausschüt tungsquote



Ratio of total WINS (total amount) and turnover (total usage amount) of a game program, represented in parts of one hundred (E.g. 95%)



12.



G2s Protocol



Game to system log



13.



GAT



Game authentication terminal



14.



Device serial number



World's unique identification number, which is printed on the label of the manufacturer; with that number, used in the G2S Protocol for identification of the machines is to equate the date the electronic connections in accordance with article 5, paragraph 1 (egmId)



15.



Gambling machine type



Description of building a gaming machines in its hardware and software components, as well as on approved outside of the slot machines software components of a management system, their possible combinations and interaction



16.



Gambling vignette



Clear, shows a number identification for approved slot machines in the sense of § 5 GSpG



17.



GSA



Gaming Standards Association



18.



GSpG



Gambling law



19.



Hardware token with crypto processor



Hardware device, in which a cryptographic key copy protected stored is



20.



Hash function



Any picture that produces output of a typically smaller target set to input from a lot of the source, the so-called hash code (or hash)



21.



Hidden jackpot



Sum of increments, which are collected in addition to the current Jackpot for the seed of the next Jackpot



22.



HTTP



Hypertext Transfer Protocol



23.



HTTPS



Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure



24.



Increments



Usage share of the game provided by a slot machine jackpot



25.



Jackpot



The amount of money resulting from the sum of the initial value and the increments accumulated up to the time of triggering a jackpot



26.



Jackpot draw



Complete one or more Jackpot games draw a jackpots, which after inserting of the jackpots on the seed with the first Jackpot game begins and ends with the last Jackpot game, which triggers the jackpot,



27.



Jackpot controllers



Central part of the jackpot system that controls the operation of the



28.



Jackpot controller type



Describes the setup of a jackpot controller as regards the hardware and software components, their possible combinations and interaction



29.



Jackpot Controller identification



Immutable string that uniquely identifies that a Jackpot Controller software components that affect the functionality of slot machines and local query of the signature values on the slot machines or on request by the central control system using the seed value zero (0000 0000 0000 0000) is determined



30.



Jackpot system



All hardware and software components for the operation of jackpot draws



31.



Jackpot game



A game belonging to a jackpot draw, which in addition to the profits according to profit plan of slot machines winning one (or in the case of a multi-level jackpots of several) provides jackpots (mystery or progressive) in Vista



32.



Concessionaire



Holder of a licence pursuant to § 14 para 1 GSpG



33.



Management system



All related to the operation of slot machines, outside of the slot machine systems of the holder of the authorization



34.



Management system identification



Immutable string that uniquely identifies the software components of a management system that affect the functionality of slot machines and local query of the signature values on the slot machines or on request by the central control system using the seed value zero (0000 0000 0000 0000) is determined



35.



Meter



Counter; non-volatile variable for storing of gambling slot machine information (in particular events and accounting data)



36.



Multi-level jackpot



Jackpot combination of several jackpot draws (levels), deciding what level is obtained, is gambling machine side



37.



Multimedia player device



A self-contained unit where the game decision in several gambling machines linked by a common housing is based on a common result of the same random number generator



38.



Mystery Jackpot



Jackpot is triggered when exceeding an amount determined by a random generator when starting a jackpot draw



39.



Upper limit



Highest possible amount of jackpots, established by law or by the casino operators (both mystery jackpot and progressive jackpot possible)



40.



PKCS #11



Specification as a cryptographic token interface standard of an API called Cryptoki for devices that contain cryptographic information or perform cryptographic functions



41.



Program memory



Storage of binary forms of execution of programs, routines and subroutines of the slot machines



42.



Progressive jackpot



Jackpot is triggered by a particular gaming machine-which came a score or game event



43.



QR-symbol



Quick response icon



44.



RAM



Random access memory (electronic component used as memory and to store operational data and electronic counter of the slot machines)



45.



Reference programs



Run game programs (binaries) and all software components and utilities that are necessary for the creation of game programs from the source code (in particular make files, batch files, build outputs, map files, assembler, linker)



46.



Salt




Input parameter in conjunction with a hash function that must be used as the seed value for determining software signature values



47.



SHA-256



Secure hash algorithm (encryption algorithm)



48.



Software signing



Data related to electronic information, which can identify the signatory and signature manufacturer and check the integrity of the signed electronic information



49.



Game event



Observable events of the game (E.g. triggered by any game features or any additional games), as well as the input of the player (E.g. in poker games selection of cards you want to keep after the first draw)



50.



Game result



Final result of the game



51.



Game mode



State of gaming machines, in which he is playable



52.



Game program



For a player distinct software application on a slot machines, for paid assignments odds offers



53.



SSL



Secure Socket Layer



54.



System hardware



Combination of all hardware components of slot machines and VLT (E.g., System Board, electromechanical meters, devices for the handling of money movements and printer), as well as of all hardware components of a VLT server and jackpot controller



55.



System Board



Hardware at the core of the gaming machines with all essential for the operation of the gaming machines components (in particular CPU, RAM); called also the motherboard or motherboard



56.



End of day



The all slots or VLT of a site of game day ends



57.



TLS



Transport layer security



58.



Total WINS



Total amount of the winning game amounts from all games, regardless of whether you were directly paid the winnings or credited the credit meter



59.



Turnover



Total of all credits game wagered, regardless, as the amount (especially coins, hardware tokens, banknotes, documents, vouchers, debiting the credit meter)



60.



Verification



Integrity check to determine whether the components to be signed unchanged, complete and intact were examined in the respective opinion of types of and shared components correspond to



61.



Video lottery (VLT) servers)



Part of the video lottery system, which detects the random number and transmits on the VLT



62.



Video lottery system

(VLT-system)



All hardware and software components for the operation of the VLT



63.



Video lottery Server (VLT-server type)



Description of the structure of a VLT server in its hardware and software components, their possible combinations and interaction



64.



Video lottery terminal (VLT type)



Description of the structure of a VLT in its hardware and software components, as well as on approved outside of the VLT hardware and software components of a VLT server, a management system as well as their possible combinations and interaction



65.



Central control system



All systems of data data center of Federal Data Center GmbH according to § 2 para 3 GSpG



66.



Random number generator identification



"Immutable string that uniquely identifies that a VLT server software components that are relevant to the game decision (E.g., generation and transmission of random numbers) and local query of the signature values on the VLT, or on request by the central control system using the seed value zero (0000 0000 0000 0000) determined" 4. § 7 par. 2 and 3 are:

"(2) gaming machines may 1 no other functions have as those which are listed and described in the documents according to par. 3-6, 2a."
enable not connect devices that can affect the outcome, 2B. permit no connecting devices, which can affect the functionality of the slot machines, except if a) they are necessary for the initial start-up or diagnostic purposes outside the game mode by persons authorized by the holder of the authorization, b) they are necessary to support cross-machine activities for player protection (E.g. for the introduction and implementation of a player-oriented cooling phase) or c) whose components are considered to the management system and they are necessary for the fulfilment of statutory requirements on the slot machines , have no influence by devices and systems outside of the slot machines on the decision on the outcome of the slot machines allow 3 in game mode, no devices contain 4, which through electronic transactions (E.g. ATM card) can be brought money into the slot machines, 5. at the same time allow just a game according to § 13, 6 for the purpose of protecting players about the possibility of installing a card reader, 7 allows the enabling and disabling of game programs through the management system , if a) the game program in a technical report is approved, b) enabling and disabling the management system via the G2S Protocol and c) is ensured that in the case of a request by the central control system the signature values of the software components for all game programs stored on the slot machines are determined and transmitted to the central control system (section 24 para 6), and 8 outside of the game operation allows the enabling and disabling of slot machines through the management system , if Z 1 do not breach the specifications of the network connection between the individual slots and the connection node of Federal Data Center GmbH in accordance with § 25 and does not prevent the transmission of Auditmeters.

A technical manual in paper form, which consists of a player-oriented part in German language and authority-oriented part in German or English language, and on request by the monitoring organs of the authorities at least a translation into German language is heard (3) to each slot machines."

5. in article 13, the following sentence is added at the end: "The separate a game program to a multimedia player device by a player is triggered by power of a link within a designated time frame."

6. in article 9, § 16 para 1 Nos. 3 and section 20 is replaced the phrase "20 games" by the phrase "10 games".

7. Article 24 is amended as follows:

a) paragraph 4 is omitted.

b) para 5 is as follows:

"(5) to a clear identification of the components of a management system (combination of all components), which influence the functionality of the slot machines (§ 7 para. 2 Z 2a and 2B), to ensure that is to make sure that a management system identification (256 bits, represented as a hexadecimal value with 64 characters) prompts for a local query (para. 6) and at the request of the central control system (para. 7), using the start value passed (salt) of the management system and transferred to the slot machines." With regard to the signing of the software components of the management system, the provisions of paragraph 2 and 3 shall apply, are that no physical separation between program memory and data memory applied and signed only the concerned program memory. Changes in components of the management system, which influence the functionality of the slot machines, a new types of opinion for slots or VLT including a new management system identification characteristic is required."

(c) in paragraph 6 the word sequences together with punctuation marks "and the type identification (§ 33)" are eliminated and the phrase "the hardware identification feature (para. 4),".

(d) in paragraph 7 the phrase, including punctuation marks ", the hardware identification (para. 4)".

8. in article 29, paragraph 2, the word "Implementation" is replaced by the word "Application".

9. in § 32 para 2 is omitted the phrase "hard and".

10. in article 32, para. 3, which accounts for word order ', the hardware identification (section 24 para 4)"and the phrase"in the form of presentation of the hardware identification characteristic"the phrase"as a binary value with a length of 256 posts, represented by a hexadecimal value with 64 characters"replaced.

11 § 32 para. 5 and § 42 paragraph 6 the phrase and punctuation ", spielerschutz - or safety-relevant" is not available in each.

12. in article 33 the following paragraph 4 is added:

"(4) the electronic provision of permit decisions in the central control system is considered Z delivery approval notices to the perception of the party status of the Federal Minister for Finance within the meaning of § 5 par. 7 10 GSpG."

13. in paragraph 37, the phrase "or in electronic form" is inserted after the phrase "on paper". In no. 2, the following sentence is inserted before the last sentence: "the log book in electronic form should be carried an electronic signature is signature to afford or to record the identity of the user who made the change, electronically."

14 section 40 is amended as follows:

a) paragraph 6 is as follows:


"(6) in order to ensure a clear identification of the components relevant to the game decision a VLT Server (combination of all components relevant to the decision of the game), is to make sure that a random number generator identification feature (256 bits, represented as a hexadecimal value with 64 characters) a local query para 7 and at the request of the central control system paragraph 8 under application of the start value passed (salt) of the VLT server is requested and transferred to the VLT." With regard to the signing of the VLT server software components are the provisions of article 24, paragraph 2 and 3 shall apply, that no physical separation between program memory and data memory applied and signed only the concerned program memory. Change the of the VLT server components relevant to the game decision is required. a new opinion of types including a new Zufallszahlengeneratoridentifikationsmerkmals"

b) para 10 is eliminated.

15. in article 39, paragraph 3, the phrase "the monitoring organs of the authorities" is inserted after the phrase "on request".

16. in article 42, paragraph 3, the third movement is eliminated.

17. in article 42, paragraph 4, the phrase "and the hardware identification feature (section 24 para 4)" accounts for and replace the phrase "in the form of presentation of the hardware identification characteristic" the phrase "as a binary value with a length of 256 posts, represented by a hexadecimal value with 64 characters".

18. in paragraph 43, the phrase "VLT-Server" is replaced by "VLT systems".

19. the fifth part is called:

"Part 6

Final provisions"

20 section 44 is named "section 53" and is amended as follows:

(a) in paragraph 1, the colon is replaced by a dot at the end.

(b) there shall be added following paragraph 3 to 5:

"II No. 165/2014, (3) the table of contents, § 1, § 3, section 7 para 2 and 3, § 13, § 24 para 4 through 7, § 29 par. 2, § 32 para 2 and 5, § 33 par. 4, § 37, § 40 paragraph 6 and 10, § 42 para 3 and 6, § 43 and paragraphs 44 to 52 as well as the plant, both in the version of regulation BGBl. with 1 July 2014 into force.

(4) articles 1 to 20, article 23, article 24, paragraph 1, paragraphs 25 to 29, sections 34 to 38 and sections 45 to 52, each as amended the regulation BGBl. II Nr 165/2014, apply for slots and jackpot systems in casinos were operating before 1 July 2014, with 1 January 2017.

"(5) § 24 para 2 to 7 and sections 30 to 33, in the version of regulation BGBl. II Nr 165/2014, apply for slots and jackpot systems in casinos were operating before 1 July 2014, with 1 July 2019."

21. According to § 43, following paragraphs 44 to 52 including headings shall be inserted:

"Technical advice of VLT systems

§ 44. An own technical assessment of VLT systems must contain the VLT Server admitted to a VLT system and the associated with this VLT servers VLT certified for the transmission of random numbers. The opinion has to correspond to the template of system (detailed specification of 10).

5 part

Special provisions for slot machines in casinos

Jackpot systems requirements

45. (1) the trigger conditions for a jackpot set to the beginning of a jackpot draw must and must not be altered until the triggering of the jackpots. The increments of a jackpots must behave directly proportional to a bet at the gambling machines in casinos. The amount is stored in the jackpot controller is decisive for the determination of the amount of paid out for winning a jackpot.

(2) the amount of a mystery jackpots triggering a jackpot must be determined within a range between baseline and a upper limit using a random number generator which has to comply with the provisions in article 14, paragraph 1, and must be determined within this range with the same probability. Mystery Jackpot systems must be so designed that no conclusions on the date are possible at the or the Jackpots are raised.

(3) a progressive jackpot must be triggered by a set at the beginning of a jackpot draw, known given the players and based on random game outcome, or game event of a Jackpot game that comes at one of the gaming machines connected to the jackpot system and participating. The probability of incurring a progressive jackpot, must be equal for all connected to the progressive jackpot system and participating slot machines. If an upper limit for a progressive jackpot is set, so this must be displayed when this limit is reached.

(4) after triggering a jackpots must be shown the identity of triggering slot machines and the winning amount in a player can understand and verifiable manner and the jackpot immediately automatically reset to its initial value. The increments, which are incurred after the firing of jackpots at a participating slot machines must be added to the episode jackpot.

(5) the concessionaire can lay down conditions of fulfilment it depends on whether or not a player participates in the jackpot draw. These conditions are directly and easily understandable known to give the players.

(6) jackpot systems must 1. precautions against unauthorized access protected be, 2 against data loss during blackouts and secured against caused by radio waves, electromagnetic and electrostatic effects and be 3 after power interruptions or other operational failures in the situation, to resume operation without loss of data and allow the reconstruction of the jackpots.

(7) the jackpot controller type must be assigned to clear a jackpot controller.

(8) the jackpot controller must automatically update the current amount of the jackpot draw, as well as the Z 1 to 5 and information referred to in paragraph 10 to display to the current jackpot draw in para 9.

(9) the jackpot controller must save for the last 20 jackpot draws (in the case of a multi-level jackpot system) per jackpot draw in addition for each jackpot level automatically following data and on request of the supervisory bodies of the authorities bring to the display: 1 the connected and participating slot machines, 2. the increments per gambling machine, 3. the output value, 4. the upper limit, 5. the overflow (the amount exceeding the upper limit) , 6 slots, the jackpot has triggered, 7 the date and time of the jackpot-tripping as well as 8 the raised jackpot payout.

(10) the jackpot controller must save automatically the following data for the period of the last 20 Jackpot games and make the display at the request of the supervisory bodies of the authorities: 1. all changes to the parameters (E.g. upper limit, amount of increments) with date and time, 2 all requests the type of access, date and time, and 3 all Jackpot Controller malfunctions of the system with the type of error , Date and time.

(11) jackpot controller must have an internal diagnostic system that independently performs 1 at system startup and periodically, at least however once in 24 hours, automatic self-test of the jackpot system, the permanent connection with the connected and participating slot machines and the data transmission monitored 2nd and 3rd stores malfunction and immediately raises the further processing within the meaning of article 49, paragraph 6.

Application rules for slot machines in casinos

Section 46 (1) for concessionaires and their gambling machines in casinos to requirements holder of authorization of § § 1-20 and §§ 23 to 38 shall apply mutatis mutandis.

(2) in Jackpot systems Z 2a, is in addition to section 7 para 2 2b and 3 a connect of the necessary for operation of jackpot systems devices on a slot machines allowed. This may save the functions required for the jackpot system does not affect the functionality of the slot machines (in accordance with the requirements laid down in section 7 para 2 Z 2 b) or have the game.

(3) in order to ensure a clear identification of the components relevant to the decision of the game a jackpot controller (combination of all components relevant to the decision of the game), is to make sure that a Jackpot Controller identification feature (256 bits, represented as a hexadecimal value with 64 characters) for a local query (para. 4) and at the request of the central control system (para. 5), using the start value passed (salt) from the Jackpot Controller requested and transmitted to the slot machines. With regard to the signing of the software components of the jackpot controller are the provisions of article 24, paragraph 2 and 3 shall apply, that no physical separation between program memory and data memory applied and signed only the concerned program memory. To change the components relevant to the decision of the game the jackpot controller, a new jackpot controller types opinion is required.


(4) to slot machines in Jackpot systems also the Jackpot Controller identification can appear in addition to § 24 para 6.

(5) by slot machines in Jackpot systems, 24 is in addition to § to transmit paragraph 7 also the Jackpot Controller identification feature of the central control system.

(6) in the types of opinion for gaming machines in Jackpot systems, you are complementary to article 32, paragraph 1 for the game decision to check relevant components of the jackpot controller and all combinations of these components intended for use and the secure transmission of the Jackpot Controller identification characteristic to the slot machines.

Verification of jackpot controllers

§ 47. To ensure the integrity of the software and a unique identification of system hardware section 24 para 2, 3 and 6 for Jackpot Controller shall apply mutatis mutandis.

Jackpot-related communication between slot machines and central control system

Section 48 (1) for slot machines are in casinos to implement the following classes of the G2S Protocol in addition to the classes defined in § 29 par. 2 and helping:



G2s classes



Description



progressive class



controls traditional progressive jackpots



bonus class



manages the process of awarding bonuses (2) is fully to implement and support the progressive class. For the bonus class must those parts fully implements and supports, which are necessary for the processing of mystery jackpots.

(3) the Auditmeters and the progressive contribution meter must the device-level include for slot machines in casinos progressive and bonus meter of the G2S Protocol.

Jackpot-related requirements on slot machines

Each connected to a jackpot system and participating in a jackpot draw gambling machine must provide section 49 (1), to trigger the jackpot to the conditions laid down for the release of the jackpots.

(2) in exception to § 14 para 2 the decision of the outcome of a game may have at slot machines in casinos influence on future decisions about match results, but only with regard to the determination of the amount of the jackpot draws, in which participates the gambling machine.

(3) jackpot systems may include only those types of gaming machine and game programs in a jackpot draw, that are listed in the opinion for jackpot systems referred to in article 51.

(4) where a jackpot is triggered, the triggering gambling machine must be blocked. The resumption of the game mode may only be if essential facts are all for the detection of the jackpot-trigger identified.

(5) for jackpot systems, for which a gambling machine performs the functions of the jackpot controller, article 45 shall apply mutatis mutandis.

(6) gambling machines that can communicate due to a fault with the jackpot controller or for other reasons not a jackpot draw participate in, although this is intended, must immediately interrupt the running Jackpot game, throw an error, display and save and allow no other Jackpot games. Game program that winning a Mystery Jackpot in Vista in the trouble-free operation, may be operated, unless the player clearly is informed that he does not participate in the jackpot draw.

Technical opinion about jackpot controller

Section 50 (1) which has concessionaire to ensure that for each employed jackpot controller before starting a technical opinion on compliance with the gambling legislation by appropriate and authorised check Company pursuant to § 31 exists (jackpot controller types opinion).

(2) for the jackpot controller reports of types of to be drawn up in the framework of the audit of of types of are to check the hardware and software components of the jackpot controller.

(3) Jackpot Controller types opinion has test reports for each component, as well as an audit report for each used to contain proposed combination of these components and to confirm compliance with all gambling legal provisions in addition to the unique name of the jackpot controller. For all of the software components of a jackpot controller, the test reports must include all information required for a subsequent verification. That Jackpot Controller types reports and the reports have the templates of the system (Detailspezifikationen 11 and 12) to match.

(4) for the used component combination is to calculate a type identification for each jackpot controller and assign in the jackpot controller types opinion. The type identification is from the signature values of all software components with a type opinion to be assigned the jackpot controller start value (section 24 para 2 and 3) by XOR linking (mathematical "exclusive or") to determine. The type identification feature is represented as a binary value with a length of 256 posts, as hexadecimal value 64 characters.

(5) changes to hardware or software components of a jackpot controller are made for which there is no jackpot controller types reports, a new jackpot controller types opinion is required.

(6) in the case of short term necessary changes, the Federal Minister of finance at the request of the concessionaire may authorise the temporary use of hardware or software components even if still no jackpot controller opinion of types of exists for this.

Technical opinion about jackpot systems

§ 51. An own technical assessment of jackpot systems must contain the jackpot controller admitted to a jackpot system and the gambling machines tested with this Jackpot draws jackpot controllers. The opinion has to correspond to the template of system (detailed specification of 13).

Display of types of

§ 52. The provisions of § 33 for jackpot controller and jackpot systems apply to the types of display by the concessionaire mutatis mutandis."

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