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RFID Technology Tracks Conditions Under the Big Top

One Cirque du Soleil troupe has begun using a wireless solution from Blulog to ensure that temperature and humidity levels are comfortable and healthy for aerialists wherever they perform. Blulog has also released a new, low-cost version of its NFC data loggers for a very different industry—food cold supply chains.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 17, 2018

International entertainment company Cirque du Soleil takes its circus performers and equipment around the world, and at each new location, it must quickly set up a workplace for its employees that is safe and comfortable, but also temporary. The company's Koozå show is now using an RFID-based solution to ensure that conditions are optimal for performers and other workers wherever the tents are set up. The system consists of data loggers deployed at each new site where employees congregate, which transmit temperature and humidity measurements to a hub.

Blulog, a specialized cold chain monitoring solutions company, is providing the circus troupe with RFID-enabled data loggers that can be installed in hard-to-reach places, such as at the top of the tent in which acrobats perform. The technology is also being used in office areas and workout spaces. The solution, says Jérémy Laurens, Blulog's cofounder and CEO, is designed to be easy to set up and take down with each new installation throughout a show's tour.

Blulog's Jérémy Laurens
Koozå, which premiered in Montreal, Canada, in 2007, features aerial acrobatics including performances on straps and hoops 30 feet above the floor, as well as high wires and the Wheel of Death—a pendulum with a hamster-style wheel in which performers jump, leap and skip rope. The show has traveled throughout Asia, North America and South America, and will next go to Europe.

The challenge for the touring group is to ensure that each temporary installation at a new hosting site provides healthy working conditions for performers and personnel. Because the troupe travels internationally, they face a variety of climactic challenges and thus need to adjust the temperature and humidity levels inside tents or other temporary structures accordingly.

The conditions 30 feet in the air, at the top of a tent, can be very different from those at ground level, however. That means aerialists could be uncomfortably warm or cold, even though the ground-level temperature may be just right. Humidity can affect the conditions as well, explains Daria Roszczyk-Krowicka, Blulog's sales and marketing director. Therefore, the Koozå tour group decided last year to come up with a solution. The technology company offers RFID-enabled wireless data-logging solutions for companies in a variety of sectors, including medical, pharmaceutical, food and logistics.

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