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  • Editing Team 16:56 on January 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Wristbands Get Popular for Easy Access Management 

    With the rapid development of RFID technology, RFID wristband is playing a more and more important role in efficient and secure access control as well as payment for miscellaneous applications, including events, festivals, amusement parks, hotels as well as bars and clubs.

    In terms of event management or access control in festivals, using RFID wristband to manage access at events can deliver a variety of benefits to organizers and ticket-holders. Concretely speaking, adapting RFID technology to a security wristband gives organizations access to a world of possibilities, for example, precisely knowing how many people are in attendance and easily collecting data about individuals like name and contact information.

    For wristband users, RFID wristbands help them to spend their time enjoying their venue instead of waiting in line, and at the same time, the contactless payment function of RFID wristband can eliminate transaction friction resulting in higher per capita spending and improve customer experience.

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  • Editing Team 16:17 on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Festival Uses RFID Wristband 

    Organizers of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a three-day music festival held in the twin cities of Bristol, Va., and Bristol, Tenn., has decided to use a new RFID-based ticketing and access-control solution. The solution includes RFID-enabled wristbands, which contain NXP Semiconductors Mifare chips compliant with the ISO 14443 standard, handheld and fixed HF RFID readers, as well as hosted software for managing access control and ticketing data.

    To attend the festival, visitors will have to go to the Bristol Rhythm website and pay $40 for a weekend pass to the festival. The wristband will then be shipped to the customer. When the RFID wristband arrives, the user goes online and registers it by entering the ID number printed on it (which is the same ID encoded to the RFID tag), and then enters his name and any other identifying information.

    When a visitor arrives at the event, he or she can tap the wristband near a fixed reader in order to be granted admission. The process is the same for vendors, employees, members of the press or performers; however, they must also enter information regarding their role at the event before being granted specific access.

    By combining access-control and ticketing functions on a single system, the solution can save money for festivals that otherwise would have to pay for several separate solutions. Since visitors need not stop and present a ticket to a staff member, they can pass through the entrance 3 to 4 times faster than those using paper tickets, thereby providing greater customer satisfaction.

     
  • Editing Team 17:31 on December 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    HK Fashion Retailer Uses NFC to Interact with Customers 

    HK-CENTRAL-CENTRAL-NFC-wristband-rfid-blogHong Kong fashion retailer CENTRAL/CENTRAL has used NFC at a party celebrating its second anniversary. By checking in at NFC tablets placed at key locations around the store, guests could interact with motion-based games and a photo booth, post updates and photos to social media, and enter a prize draw.

    Each guest received an NFC wristband which was connected to their Facebook profile when they checked in. They could then use the wristband to access the events and automatically post updates and photos to their Facebook profile.

    A big screen display was used to provide a Sudoku puzzle game and a digital shopping wall where participants could select their favorite items. Participants activated them by tapping their wristband to an NFC reader.

    “Once they had finished the game in a set amount of time, an e-coupon was auto shared to their email and an announcement made on their Facebook timeline,” explains Alvin Li, digital creative director at social media marketing specialist Pixo Punch.

    “We also wanted everyone to walk through all the shops at the party, so we put a Nexus tablet in each shop as a checkpoint,” he adds. “Each person was required to check in at all points during the party to be entered into a prize draw.”

    Consumers could also tap their wristband to an NFC-enabled photo booth and snap a picture using various props and backgrounds. The image was then immediately uploaded to Facebook.

    Within the first two hours more than 250 participants had uploaded at least one photo to their Facebook page, says Pixo Punch.

     
  • Editing Team 16:50 on October 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Are RFID Wristbands an Ideal Tool for Festivals Compared to NFC Smartphones? 

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    Modern festivals and events are featured by RFID wristbands which simplify the way you pay for drinks and share the experience on social networks.

    Most RFID wristbands contain short-range — typically 3-5cm — passive tags which require no batteries. They are powered when placed near or “tapped” against an RFID reader. When a reader detects an RFID wristband, it activates the magnetic field created by a coiled antenna within the tag which then uses this kinetic energy to power up and send data stored within the tags’ memory back to the reader.

    The tags in RFID wristbands can either be written with data directly on the chip itself, or they can be used as an access key to a secure database of personal data.

    More than 40 festivals around the world have used RFID wristband technology to offer fast-track entry, cashless payments and interaction with social media — after buying a ticket online, you can choose to link your RFID wristband to your Facebook or Twitter account, enabling you to post, tweet, share, and like all your favorite parts of the festival.

    In the UK, wristbands were used at some festivals last summer including the Isle of Wight Festival. An estimated 3.5 million festival-goers around the world have now used them.

    Although NFC smartphones can be a substitution, the problem with them is that not everyone has one. This alienates ticket-holders and brings contactless participation down from an achievable 100% if you issue every attendee with an RFID wristband.

    Another problem is that phones run on batteries and, unlike RFID wristbands, could run out at some point during a multi-day festival. With limited ways to re-charge your phone in a field, you may not use your e-wallet, e-ticket and social media on the phone.

    But it’s not true to say that there’s no place for NFC at festivals. The Samsung Galaxy S4, for example, has been used as an RFID reading device and it is a perfect handheld scanner for smaller events.

    With statistics showing that RFID wristbands have already made 3 million Facebook likes and a billion cashless transactions, it won’t be long until they’re everywhere.

     
  • Editing Team 12:00 on September 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Wristband Developers Raise Funding on Kickstarter 

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    A team of developers are raising funding on Kickstarter for a rubber wristband with which wearers can unlock their phone, cancel or postpone an alarm clock, control the volume of music, skip songs and share their contact information via NFC.

    Each wristband contains two NFC tags. Users need to download an app that allows them to program the bracelet to carry out different functions depending on the phone’s state and whether the wristband is tapped or held to a phone.

    “This app provides the smartphone with the support necessary to detect, and interpret in the right way, the movement you perform over your phone,” said Guillermo Medina, member of the Thirteenfiftysix team. “Therefore, with only two different tags, you will be able to carry out more than six different actions.”

    The crowdfunding campaign will be closed on October 16th, with a target of £20,000 in order to develop the app further and put the current prototype into production. So far, £3,800 has been raised.

     
  • Editing Team 12:23 on August 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Danmark Music Festival Use NFC Wristband for Payments 

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    Smukfest music festival in Skanderborg, Denmark, has allowed visitors to use NFC wristband to pay for goods. 300 traders were able to accept contactless payments using Panasonic’s NFC-enabled Toughpad tablets.

    50,000 festival goers were able to load credit onto their wristband at one of the festival’s cashless stations or via an accompanying smartphone app.

    “When your favorite band is playing and you become thirsty, there is nothing worse than a long queue where the credit card machine does not work because of network interruptions,” says Panasonic’s Kim Holst Hansen. “Because our tablets also work offline it avoids this problem.”

     
  • Editing Team 13:24 on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Tennessee Music Festival Deploys RFID Wristbands for Better Customer Experience 

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    RFID technology was deployed at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. About 80,000 visitors used RFID wristbands to gain access to the event, share “likes” and pictures of themselves on Facebook, post tweets on Twitter, and upload music playlists to commercial music-streaming service provider Spotify.

    Upon buying tickets for the festival, individuals signed in online and made their purchase according to their plans, such as camping or accessing the backstage area. Wristbands containing the appropriate access were then mailed to each ticket buyer. Once the wristband arrived, the recipient logged onto the Bonnaroo site and entered a 16-digit user ID number, printed on the wristband, to link that number with his or her registration information. Users could then choose to simply employ the wristband for entrance and exit only, or opt to add the social-networking functions.

    After arriving onsite, festival-goers could use the wristband to access the concert area and campgrounds, based on the type of ticket purchased. At the main gates, visitors simply tapped their wristband near the reader and then continued walking. This could limit the size of queues at the concert area or campground.

    Inside the concert area were 22 Intellitix’s Live Click stations that served a variety of purposes. At some stations, visitors could snap pictures of themselves, tap their wristbands against a reader and post the photographs on their Facebook pages. At other stations, they could share a music playlist on Spotify with their social-network contacts, send a Tweet or indicate they “liked” a particular program.

    In 2012, festival-goers made 250,000 “Live Clicks” (or reads) at one of the Live Click stations, and posted 20,000 photos. It’s unclear whether this year’s visitors matched or exceeded that usage, as Bonnaroo’s organizers did not respond to a request for details regarding the 2013 event.

     
  • Editing Team 10:17 on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Australian Music Festival Ditches Paper Wristbands for RFID Microchips 

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    Last week, Splendour In The Grass announced that they’ll be ditching the standard paper festival wristband this year and opt for RFID wireless identification microchips.

    With these chips, customers can easily access to the festival and also connect to social media, enabling festivalgoers to check in and update their Facebook accounts if they choose to opt in.

    Music streaming service Deezer will also be giving each RFID user the opportunity to relive their Splendour experience by emailing customized playlists based around the artists they saw each day, based on the stages they checked in to.

    If the RFID chipping is successful, we’re set to see a totally new way of wristbanding for Aussie festivals.

     
  • Editing Team 09:22 on March 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Smart Bracelet Reduces Inflections in Hospitals 

    smart-bracelet-reduce-hospital-infections-RFID-blogEven when assured that hospitals are safer than what they may think, some people still hold the view that they will leave the hospital far sicker than when they came in. Besides, recent hospital-borne infections make them all the more fearful. In the U.S., over 98,000 people die from infections annually. Estimates also show that about one out of 20 hospitalized patients get an infection.

    However, these infections are not inevitable; they can be resolved. Hand-washing, along with better sterilization practices of equipment and monitoring bacterial breeding spots, has become high on the list of focus areas for improvement.

    A company called IntelligentM is taking on the hand-washing initiative. They offer a technology solution in the form of a wristband to be worn by all health workers. The bands will buzz them in different ways so that they know when they are not, and when they are, washing their hands properly.

    The IntelligentM bracelet system consists of RFID tags and an accelerometer and can track the healthcare worker’s whereabouts and whether they are getting the hand-washing protocol right. Special tags are placed around the hospital, at key target areas such as bathrooms, patient rooms, and operating rooms. The bracelet is also designed to relay data through a connection at the end of each shift for those managing a total view of how each employee is doing.

    As the company team explained, having a protocol in place is not enough without accurate monitoring. While the World Health Organization has developed a standard for hand hygiene, individual, visual monitoring of compliance with the protocol has not been adequate. For better accuracy, the team said, their bracelet can continually monitor hand-washing 24 by 7, to record hand hygiene events.

    The IntelligentM team is offering a data-driven hand hygiene compliance improvement solution for hospitals that are looking to significantly reduce healthcare-acquired infections and their associated costs.

     
  • Editing Team 13:19 on March 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Technology Helps Bring Message to Social Media 

    49M-RFID-blogThe South African power company Eskom has launched an initiative which is named 49M, aiming to inspire and rally all South Africans behind the common goal of saving electricity. The company recently adopted Liquid Lemon’s new and innovative use of RFID and social media to help bring this real-life activation into the world of social media.

    The 49M team has been travelling the country, appearing at various popular venues, in an activation campaign designed to educate and encourage South Africans to pledge their commitment towards saving electricity.

    Amongst other promotional activities, the 49M team has made use of Liquid Lemon’s unique new RFID-powered photo stations, allowing users to engage and interact with the 49M brand. Users are given RFID-enabled wristbands which they register to their own Facebook profile, and then they simply swipe their wristbands at the various Photo Stations, have their photo taken and it is instantly uploaded to their Facebook page as well as the 49M official Facebook fan page.

     
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