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By Rich Handley

RFID Company Connect&GO Acquires Kool Replay

Connect&GO has announced that it has acquired Kool Replay, which offers a proprietary system using connected capture technology to let guests record and share branded photos and videos. The technology is currently used at multiple leisure attractions worldwide, the companies report. Kool Replay's solution has produced more than 750,000 digital souvenirs to date for guests.

"The Kool Replay system is a unique and complementary addition to the existing Connect&GO platform for permanent installations," said Mathieu Dupuis, Connect&GO's VP of technology, in a prepared statement. "It's the first technology we've found that makes it possible to easily share edited, branded video content with multiple view-points using a cloud-based distribution platform, powered by patent-pending algorithms."

Kool Replay will continue to develop its offering autonomously but will operate as a Connect&GO business unit. "We are very proud to welcome François and Benoit into the Connect&GO family," said Dominic Gagnon, a co-founder of Connect&GO, in the prepared statment. "They are two remarkable entrepreneurs that have made impressive strides in the entertainment market and have gained the confidence of major amusement parks like Luna Park on Coney Island."

During the comping year, Connect&GO plans to triple the size of Kool Replay's team and make investments in the company's research and development efforts. "We are thrilled to be joining a global leader in guest experience technology for the leisure, sports and entertainment industries," said François Tremblay, a co-founder of Kool Replay, in the prepared statement. "The combination of our technologies will allow us to create added value and offer a completely connected experience."

The companies will combine their technologies to launch a product called FunPass, which will include a smart connected wristband dispenser, RFID scanners and Kool Replay's photo- and video-capturing system. Guests can purchase wristbands at the entrance of an attraction or from a self-serve wristband dispenser located on site. Once the bracelet has been activated, a guest can enter and scan it to take photos and videos that can then be shared on social media. In addition, the wristbands can be used for other services, such as cashless payments and access control.

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