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Where Can I Find an Active RFID Solution for Tracking Children at Game Centers?

Posted By RFID Journal, 02.19.2015

Who would be the best solution provider?

—Name withheld


I encourage any of our readers who have deployed an active RFID solution for tracking people to comment below, but I don't think it's possible to pinpoint the best solution provider or the best solution without knowing a lot more about your particular deployment. The best solution might be different depending on whether the game center is one large open facility or if it has many smaller rooms in which the children play. There are solutions that will tell you a child is in a certain 1,000-square-foot zone, and there are others that will tell you precisely where your child is located.

We have published a number of articles about amusement parks that have deployed RFID solutions. Here are a few that might be of interest:

RFID Helps Texas Theme Park Cater to Special-Needs Guests
RFID Makes a Splash at Water Park
Lost and Found in Legoland
Illinois Water Resort Becomes RFID-Activated

You should consider attending RFID Journal LIVE! 2015, our annual trade show and exhibition, which is being held in San Diego, Calif., on Apr. 15-17. All of the major providers of active RFID systems will be there, and you can discuss the particulars of your deployment with each of them, weighing the pros and cons of each solution for your facility and application.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal


Craig Cotton 2015-02-20 11:13:49 AM
Active tags may be cost prohibitive, especially with children that are more prone to breaking them. UHF Passive could be a good alternative as they could be worn on a lanyard around the neck and would be largely indestructible. They would also cost a tiny fraction of the cost of an active tag, and you'll never have the maintenance burden of changing batteries. Instead of WiFi access points for tracking, you would need to deploy Passive RFID readers or gateways in enough volume to read the passive tags.

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