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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.
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.
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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