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  • Editing Team 18:22 on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Restaurant Chain Applebee’s to Put 100,000 NFC Tablets on Dining Tables 


    NFC is to be included in 100,000 tabletop tablets that are to be installed in US casual dining restaurant chain Applebee’s 1,800 locations. The tablets will be on every table and multiple bar positions by the end of this year.

    The NFC-enabled tablets enable diners to add to their orders, pay and play games from their seats. The support for NFC will enable Applebee’s to “seamlessly transition to opportunities for mobile wallet and mobile phone interaction and more,” the companies say.

    The rollout follows a pilot program where Applebee’s found that the tablets significantly reduced transaction times and provided a “better overall experience” for guests. The technology is now being considered for introduction at Ihop, a restaurant chain also owned by Applebee’s franchisor DineEquity.

    During the next eighteen months, enhanced functionality such as video streaming, music, additional games, social media interaction with Applebee’s Facebook community and personal pages, sharing, and gift card sales features will be added.

    “Starting out, our goal was to create a way for guests to control when and how they pay their check,” Applebee’s president Mike Archer explains. “What we learned after nearly two years of testing is we can provide much more. The tablet will deliver our guests a robust slate of offerings for not only transactions, but entertainment, social interaction and more.”

  • Editing Team 16:54 on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Traka RFID-enabled iPad Lockers Simplify Tablet Management 

    Traka-iPad-locker-tablet-management-rfid-blogTraka, the access management specialist, is exhibiting the latest generation of its iPad locker technology at BETT 2013 with its Intelligent iPad Locker and Simple iPad Locker products.

    The Traka Intelligent iPad Locker uses RFID tagging technology to automate the process of issuing iPad tablets to students and employees, ensuring that they are returned and stored securely at the end of each day, which saves much manual labor.

    As tablets become commonplace in the classroom — whether student-owned or supplied by the school — the burden of responsibility often falls upon the teachers. The Traka Intelligent iPad Locker alleviates the pressure on teaching staff to manually sign out and track devices, offering an at-a-glance view of current tablet ownership at any time via powerful operating software.

    Each locker is static, featuring 30 individual compartments — each offering iPad data synchronization and battery charging capability to ensure iPads are always fit for use. The Traka locker is also able to detect that the device has been returned correctly, and has not been exchanged for a book or other object of similar size.

    Key features of this technology include:

    ■Real-time tracking: Teachers and IT staff can view the live status of all tablets within a locker, and which students are in possession.

    ■Curfew alerts: Curfew alerts can be triggered that warn that an iPad has not been returned by a specific time.

    ■Historical data: Should a device become damaged, its previous users can be easily identified.

    ■Quarantine: Damaged iPads can also be locked down remotely.

    Traka is also launching its Simple iPad Locker, a cut-down implementation of its locker technology. This static, six-door metal locker can house five iPads behind each door, and it retains a dedicated drawer to house a MacBook.

  • Editing Team 22:28 on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    HP Released Various Products, All Come with NFC 

    HP-Elitebook-Revolve-NFC-rfid-blogHP has released the latest business tablet, which transforms “with a flick of the wrist” from an ultrathin notebook to a touch-enabled tablet, and with NFC functionality.

    The HP Elitebook Revolve’s touch screen pivots to let users share their work or revolves and folds to become a tablet. The Windows 8 device also offers enterprise class docking capabilities, a magnesium chassis and a Corning Gorilla Glass screen.

    The machine comes with what HP calls “secure NFC”, hinting that it may be able to handle more than simple pairing and sharing applications.

    The Elitebook Revolve is expected to become available in the US in March 2013, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

    Earlier this year, HP launched an ultrathin hybrid laptop PC — the Envy x2, which comes with NFC functionality and features a detachable screen, enabling it to work as both a tablet and a notebook.

    “Customers no longer have to choose between a product that lets them create rich content and another that lets them enjoy entertainment on the go — they can have both in one device,” says HP.

    In addition, HP has also launched an all-in-one PC and a mouse, which are both NFC-enabled.

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