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By Beth Bacheldor

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas Adopts ASSA Abloy RFID Wristbands, Locks

ASSA Abloy Hospitality has announced a partnership with Royal Caribbean International to deliver multipurpose RFID-enabled wristbands for passengers of the cruise line's MS Anthem of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean's WOWband
The wristbands, which Royal Caribbean calls WOWbands, contain 13.56 MHz high-frequency (HF) RFID passive RFID inlays. As passengers approach the gangway, crewmembers can quickly scan their wristbands, which contain all of the necessary identification data, making it faster and easier to embark and disembark from the ship. The wristbands also act as a room key and allow access to other areas of the ship as well, such as the spa. Passengers can easily keep track of their tabs at the bar and restaurant, ASSA Abloy reports, or pay for professional photos taken on the cruise. The wristbands can also offer an alternative payment for vending machines and casinos, providing the potential for greater revenue, the company adds.

The Anthem of the Seas, which made her maiden voyage on April 22, features luxury and high-tech amenities designed to make cruise vacations more appealing to a younger market demographic, ASSA Abloy says. It is the third largest cruise ship in the world, the company reports, with 2,090 cabins. Royal Caribbean Cruises also employs RFID on sister cruise ships, including the Quantum of the Seas, which is outfitted with a number of RFID-based features, including WOWband RFID bracelet tags for unlocking stateroom doors and for making purchases onboard (see RFID Sets Sail With Quantum of the Seas). The Quantum of the Seas also offers the RFID-enabled Bionic Bar, which features two robotic bartenders that work in conjunction with a passenger's WOWband bracelet (see RFID News Roundup: Royal Caribbean's Newest Cruise Ship Mixes and Serves Drinks With Robots and RFID).

ASSA Abloy Hospitality has delivered its VingCard Signature RFID door locks, RFID cabin-access wristbands and RFID Remote Controllers to the ship. The latter works in conjunction with VingCard electronic locking systems and provides access control on common doors, such as health clubs, conference suites, staff entrances and guest night entrances. The VingCard Signature RFID technology features anti-cloning technology that prevents unauthorized access through its encrypted program. The RFID-operated locks enable access readers to take virtually any shape or form, providing the potential for a range of additional services and conveniences.

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