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Great Wolf Lodge Southern California installs PDC's Smart Band RFID Wristband System ••• TSL announces compatibility with Tagit Ice jewelry-tracking app ••• Vizinex RFID releases Sentry Shortie 270 RFID tag ••• Handheld Group adds RFID to its ALGIZ RT7 Android tablet ••• Visa intros NFC-enabled payment ring for Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jun 09, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Great Wolf Lodge Southern California, PDC; Technology Solution (UK) Ltd., Tagit; Vizinex; Handheld Group; and Visa.

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Installs PDC's Smart Band RFID Wristband System

PDC, a provider of identification solutions, has announced the installation of its Smart Band RFID Wristband System at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California, the brand's newest property located in Garden Grove.

PDC's system, which is being used for electronic access control and cashless payments, replaces traditional forms of payment and access credentials usually carried in a user's wallet, purse or pocket. PDC's RFID technology leverages 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags embedded in the wristbands that safely collect and transfer data when scanned by a reader in the park. Each chip is programmed with a unique alpha-numeric code assigned to a guest portfolio, so the bands are impossible to duplicate.

Great Wolf's PDC wristbands
Upon checking in, Great Wolf Lodge's guests are issued a non-transferable, waterproof PDC Smart Band that they can use for keyless room entry, food purchases, game tokens and other applications, as well as for entering the resort's water park. The wristbands also act as a means of identifying the patrons as guests. For hotel room access, Smart Band's contactless interface provides advantages over standard magnetic-stripe key-card door locks, PDC reports, which can collect dirt and debris that impact performance. Since the Smart Band is safely fastened around a wearer's wrist, the company says, guests no longer need to hassle with forgotten, lost or misplaced key cards.

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California is the latest of nine Great Wolf Lodge resorts to introduce PDC's RFID wristband technology during the past 11 years (see Great Wolf Lodge New England Implements PDC's Smart Band RFID System, Great Wolf Lodge Combines Storytelling With RFID and Great Wolf Water Park Launches RFID).

The Smart Band can be completely customized and is offered in a wide variety of colors and material options, including plastic, silicone, woven fabric and thermal print-on-demand styles. The wristband is available with nontransferable single-use closures, and in re-wearable styles for single-day use or for a season-pass program.

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