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By Beth Bacheldor

Whistler Blackcomb Resort Adds RFID-Timed Hiking Trails

The Whistler Blackcomb mountain resort, in Whistler, British Columbia, is adding RFID to its summer activities, following the debut of RFID lift tickets on its ski slopes during the winter.

Using RFID-enabled lift passes that can be purchased online or at the resort's guest relations department, visitors will be able to track their start and finish times on select alpine hiking trails. Guests can save their times to their online profiles, allowing them to track personal bests and compete with friends. Whistler Blackcomb will also set elite running and walking times on select timed trails, so as to provide a benchmark for guests to compete against.

The resort is installing three RF Ideas PCProx Plus POE readers on summer hiking trails. A reader—either one that will hardwired into the resort's local area network (LAN), or one that is solar-powered and will communicate via cellular networks—will be placed at the peak of Whistler Mountain, and at the top of the Emerald chairlift, as well as on Blackcomb Mountain, near the Peak 2 Peak gondola terminal.

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