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RFID News Roundup

Connect&GO signs strategic partnership with Amusement Services International ••• Ambrosus launches blockchain-IoT platform to improve supply chain transparency ••• Edwards selects MapR Technologies for real-time data-analysis solution ••• Ayla Networks announces IoT platform with improved wireless module, application-development capabilities ••• Neology drops lawsuit against STAR Systems International ••• Zigbee Alliance says 3.8 billion ZigBee chipsets expected to be sold by 2023 ••• Industrial Internet Consortium, Internet of Things Alliance Australia announce liaison.
By Rich Handley
Aug 09, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Connect&GO, Amusement Services International; Ambrosus; Edwards, MapR Technologies; Ayla Networks; the Zigbee Alliance; the Industrial Internet Consortium, and the Internet of Things Alliance Australia.

Connect&GO Signs Strategic Partnership With Amusement Services International

Amusement Services International (ASI), an attraction and park company serving the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, has announced that it is adding Connect&GO's RFID solutions to its portfolio. The two companies signed an agreement earlier this year while attending the Dubai Entertainment Amusement & Leisure Exhibition. Connect&GO offers RFID solutions for access control, cashless payments and experiential activations, designed for the amusement park and leisure entertainment industry. ASI will help the Canadian company to expand its permanent installation business with major clients in the Middle East market.

"We are very proud of our partnership with ASI," said Anthony Palermo, Connect&GO's CEO, in a prepared statement. "To have our solutions and our brand represented by such a major player in the region shows a huge vote of confidence in our products." Connect&GO's RFID solutions for the leisure and entertainment industries include security features designed for families and children, ranging from child-parent pairing to allergy alerts and instant messaging.

"We are indeed pleased to partner with Connect&GO to develop unique solutions for exclusive consumer experiences and thus increase secondary revenue streams for our customers," said Prakash Vivekanand, ASI's managing director, in the prepared statement. "We have been on the lookout for a reliable RFID based technology partner who can enable us to deliver experiential features to any L&E facility from security and tracking solutions to driving footfall via event activations and cross promotions, scavenger hunts, enhanced redemption features, social media interaction, etc."

Connect&GO has deployed RFID technology at such events as the Super Bowl and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The firm is now moving toward more permanent installations and has signed a ski resort contract for the 2019 winter season. Connect&GO recently deployed its Parkpass connected-experience solution at multiple amusement parks, including Six Flags, Canobie Lake Park and Jungle Island.

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