RFID technology from SAMSys has now been integrated into SafeTzone Technologies’ systems for location services and cashless spending, which allows people at amusement parks to find each other quickly, and to avoid having to carry cash within the park.
A SafeTzone Locator – about the size of a watch – is given to amusement park visitors upon their arrival. Using the SafeTzone System, a family or group begins their amusement park experience by registering their entire group through the RegiStation software, which is RFID enabled.
Finding each other
Family members can then scan their SafeTzone Locator with an RFID reader at LocationStation kiosks around the park. The map that appears on the LocationStation’s screen shows the location of each family or group member, as well as the park’s amenities and their locations. This helps individuals separated from their group to find each other.
“A study performed by IntiMetrix found that 27% of families visiting an amusement park in the past 12 months temporarily lost one of their children during their last visit. But now our simple new technology, which is as easy as wearing a wrist-watch, gives park visitors peace of mind,” said Timothy Giraldin, CEO for SafeTzone.
The system’s Cashless Spending module (an electronic purse facility) allows the SafeTzone Locator to also be used as a debit card so visitors’ money can’t get lost, wet, or stolen.
The SafeTzone Locator also provides other capabilities for each individual, such as the location of amenities within the park, access to messages, and an electronic reservation solution designed to reduce or eliminate the wait-times often associated with popular rides.
“SafeTzone’s system successfully brings RFID technology directly to the consumer in a real-world environment,” says Cliff Horwitz, chairman and CEO for SAMSys. “We’re delighted our technology has added value to SafeTzone’s system and look forward to expanding this relationship into other settings as the potential for RFID grows beyond the boundaries of the currently popular supply chain solutions.”
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