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By Beth Bacheldor

Purple Deck Media RFID-enables Veterans' Trail of Service

Purple Deck Media, a cloud-based software and Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID technology company specializing in mobile applications, has announced that it has NFC-enabled a memorial trail in Pennsylvania's Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park. The company installed 20 digital-access kiosks along the 600-foot-long, 5-foot-wide Trail of Service. Using their NFC-enabled smartphones, visitors can tap the NFC chip on any of the kiosks to learn more information about the Historic Letterkenny Chapel, the Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park, and other park-related topics of interest.

The trail was constructed by CASHS Navy Junior R.O.T.C. Cadets, the Boy Scouts of America and other community organizations and volunteers, according to Purple Deck Media. The historical park honors all U.S. military veterans, prisoners of war, and service men and women missing in action, as well as the casualties of Sept. 11, 2001, and the first-responders and citizens who saved lives. The memorial was dedicated by the First Counselor to the Apostolic Nuncio, the Vatican's Ambassador to the United States, just as was done by the Apostolic Nuncio for this military chapel in 1945. That same year, Italian prisoners of war, housed at Letterkenny Army Depot, built the chapel, using stone from many of the original farmhouses on the depot site. The chapel features a 65-foot Florentine belfry, a San Francisco entrance and a Roman interior.

One of the Trail of Service's 20 NFC-enabled kiosks
Purple Deck Media, which owns and operates the Proximity Shop website, installed and manages the NFC tags along the trail, using its Heavy Duty On-Metal NFC Coin Tag. The durable, waterproof tag, made with NXP Semiconductors' NTAG213 chip, is circular, measuring 30 millimeters (1.2 inches) in diameter and 3 millimeters (0.12 inch) in thickness. It has a cutout in its center so that it can be affixed via a screw, according to Purple Deck Media, and also comes with a 3M adhesive backing for mounting purposes.

TapLive, Purple Deck Media's cloud-management platform for NFC and Internet of Things applications, provides a means of streamlining content delivery and aggregate information. The park is using TapLive to manage the digital kiosks and to modify the content delivered to NFC devices. The company also offers MobileDeck, which is designed to accelerate mobile application development and was used to develop the Veteran Trail PA app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play website.

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