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PDC Markets Smart Tablet RFID Reader

The tablet will enable hotels, resorts and amusement parks to read a visitor's RFID wristband in order to provide access or services based on the ID encoded to that band's passive tag.
By Claire Swedberg
May 09, 2014

Precision Dynamics Corp. (PDC), a provider of ID wristbands and related products, has begun marketing a tablet reader known as the Smart Tablet, designed to allow users to capture the ID numbers encoded to high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags at such locations as resorts, hotels and water parks, thereby enabling faster check-in, payments or other services. The tablet, which PDC debuted last month at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 conference and exhibition, acts in the same way as a kiosk with a built-in reader, but enables a company's staff to be mobile and thereby go directly to people wearing the RFID bracelets, rather than requiring them to seek out a kiosk. PDC partnered with software company Kioware, which provides the tablet's software for capturing and interpreting read data. The tablet can then forward the collected data to a back-end server via a Wi-Fi connection or GPRS. The device could also store that information and upload it to the server at a later time.

PDC is currently in discussion with a national resort that offers water-based rides, to begin piloting the tablets for use in point-of-sale applications, according to Bill Meserve, PDC's installation and support manager.

PDC's Smart Tablet can read passive RFID tags complying with the ISO 14443 and ISO 15693 standards.
PDC offers ID solutions for health-care, leisure and entertainment, law-enforcement and animal applications. Its products include wristbands, cards and key fobs with embedded RFID tags compliant with the ISO 14443 or ISO 15693 standard. Many of its clients include hotels and resorts at which customers are provided with the PDC wristband and may use the RFID tag built into the band to acquire services.

To make a purchase, for example, a consumer can present his or her wristband in order to provide account information at the point of sale, or to feed money into a prepaid account. In addition, customers could use the wristband to access other services, such as lockers or water rides, without needing to queue up at a booth or customer service area. They might also use the bands to unlock their hotel room door, sparing them from having to check in at a hotel's desk, or they could use it to charge meals or use other services at the hotel or resort. However, if an individual needs to use a kiosk to feed money into a prepaid account or make a purchase, that can create inconveniences as well, if a kiosk is not close to that user, or if there is a queue waiting to access it.

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