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RFID Brings Video, Ticketing to Polish Wakeboarders

The Wawawake extreme water-sport park, located near Warsaw, uses NFC-enabled wristbands and readers to track each rider's usage, and enables participants to download, edit and share videos of themselves via social media.
By Claire Swedberg

When a visitor completed the loop, he or she tapped another reader. The system then identified how long the individual had remained on the water, and deducted that time from the amount purchased.

The main challenge involved integration between the RFID system and the IP cameras, Kamiński says. "We initiated close cooperation with the [video] producer," he explains, "and adopted cameras' API [application programming interface] to our system." The API enabled the tag ID of a participant's wristband to be linked with the video footage captured of that individual. That data was managed on HADATAP's cloud-based server.

A wakeboarder jumps an obstacle at the Wawawake extreme water-sport park.
The user could later access those videos by tapping the wristband against the reader installed in the kiosk at the rest area. Upon leaving the park, the customer again tapped the bracelet against a reader installed at the exit, enabling the software to calculate the fee to charge that guest, based on the amount of billable time.

Visitors could also log in at the Trickbox website for seven days after leaving the park, and then use the wristband's ID number to download, edit and share their videos via social media.

There are some unique challenges to deploying RFID in a water-sport environment, Luberecki notes. "This is a very new field of application for RFID readers and wristband tags," he states—for one thing, the wet environment posed challenges for the hardware. According to Luberecki, the wristbands had to sustain not only water but high-speed—sometimes violent—forces during falls.

The Trickbox technology has been well received by the park's visitors, Luberecki reports. "They were thrilled since the very first day when they saw the power of the recording automation, super-high-quality of the movies and ability to watch them both on the spot and at home."

For future installations, HADATAP intends to use ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology rather than NFC to expedite the capture of wristband data, due to the long read range of UHF technology. Luberecki predicts that this use of NFC technology, paired with video cameras—which allows individuals to capture footage of their sports performance—is "the beginning of a new technology trend: recording as a service."

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