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RFID Boosts Gaming Experience for Florida Entertainment Centers

GameTime has deployed an HF RFID system as part of a unified platform from Semnox at all five of its entertainment centers in order to make game play access faster and easier, while employees leverage RFID to access the point of sale and their individual storage lockers.
By Claire Swedberg

Instead, Abecassis began working with Semnox to create a 13.56 MHz HF RFID system compliant with the ISO 15693 standard. Semnox built a solution that includes RFID readers at cash registers, a "tap-to-play" feature for machines in the arcades, and five or six registration kiosks at each site. RFID readers were also installed at employee lockers. Semnox designed and manufactured the readers. Altogether, GameTime has installed 150 to 200 readers at each site.

Visitors to the centers can use their phone, the Internet, a kiosk or a manned counter to purchase access to the games, or to schedule parties or other events. Onsite, if they are planning to use the arcade games, they can receive an HF RFID card from a kiosk with a unique ID number embedded in its tag, which links to the user's payment, according to Bepin Jose, Semnox's president. As they use the machines, players can simply tap the card against the wireless reader for each game.

There are two categories of cards: timed play and prepaid with a predetermined limit in the number of games. In either case, the Semnox system receives the ID number from the reader, identifies whether an individual is authorized to play and then launches the game. The cost of the game play is deducted from the pre-paid balance, or charged at the end of the time limit.

Staff members are provided with HF RFID-enabled ID badges as well. A worker can tap his or her badge against a reader on an employee locker, enabling the worker to put his or her personal belongs inside during a work shift. Previously, the centers had used traditional padlocked lockers, but those created problems if someone were to leave without retrieving his or her things or unlocking the locker. (Employees are not assigned specific lockers).

With the RFID solution, GameTime can override the system if necessary—at night, for instance—and unlock all of the lockers in the event that someone unintentionally leaves one locked. If a cashier needs to access a cash register, that individual can tap his or her badge against an RFID reader at that location for the purpose of identification, thereby unlocking the register and creating a record of who has used it. In the future, Abecassis says, the centers may enable employees to also use the RFID cards to access the building.

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