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Re-thinking RFID for Events in 2016

RFID has been a funny thing in Australia.

For years, pretty much all of us in the event industry were sure it would be ‘the next big thing’. With a large US-based RFID systems provider launching in Australia a few years ago it was assumed that many music festivals would moving to RFID for patron identification and cashless bars. All the momentum was in the favour of RFID and many of us were saying “I told you so”.

But, after some notable events initially trialed the technology, the majority decided to go back to their usual methods of accreditation, identification and payment systems. It seemed that the technology just wasn’t returning on it’s investment. The US-based company has since floundered and another notable expert in RFID also recently left the events space all together. Two more victims of the fickle Australian events market, which sees big music festivals come and go at an alarming rate.

After that, RFID got very quiet, with mentions of it few and far between. RFID for Events seemed like an idea that had come and gone with barely a whisper.

2016 is shaping up to be a very different proposition.

RFID for Events in 2016

Whilst the RFID wristbands and RFID cards have been cost effective for years, it has been cumbersome RFID systems and solutions that have prevented the technology from really taking off.

Fortunately Australia now boasts several knowledgeable businesses who have entered the fray and who are finally offering systems that make sense. These systems are modeled on successful international systems that offer several key benefits that had been missing before:

  • The ability to operate offline in case of a network loss
  • The ability to operate via apps and smartphones, increasing the accessibility of such a system
  • Far greater POS integration, allowing for intelligent cashless bars and easy to use “top up” stations that minimise the number of transactions taking place.
  • Much lower costs associated with the set-up
  • More advanced metrics and data to analyse after the event, with genuine benefits derived from the data that will improve profits at the next event.
  • Additional avenues to generate revenue, more often than not paying for the entire system itself, and then some.

The emphasis in 2016 will be less on access control, and more on managing connected crowds, social media integration, crowd management, brand activation and cashless payments.

Because of the above, and the continued cost effectiveness of RFID wristbands and RFID Cards, RFID for events is poised for a dramatic return to relevance.

Stay tuned, and for more information on systems, wristbands and cards, contact AAC ID Solutions in Australia at 1300 797 478 or sales@aacidsolutions.com.

RFID Cards for Hotels and Aquatic Centres

RFID Cards & Tags – Compatible with All Systems

In recent months, AAC ID Solutions has been inundated with enquiries from aquatic centres and hotels asking how to save money on their RFID cards and tags.The suppliers they have used for their scanning systems, turnstiles and doors, it seems, have been charging exorbitant rates for RFID consumables.

This is done on the pretense that only their RFID Cards are compatible with their systems. This is not true. The reality is that it is done to generate an ongoing cash cow for these suppliers, because the margins used are quite extraordinary. As insult to injury, often these suppliers supply RFID Cards and consumables actually branded to themselves, thus using their products as additional advertising exposure for their own companies!

Cost savings with AAC RFID Cards

Both the aquatic and hotel industries need to seek better pricing for RFID Cards and consumables. As a recent example, AAC reduced the costs to one aquatic centre by approximately $15,000 per year, and the same for a hotel group by over $50,000 per year! Simply by offering fairly priced RFID Cards for their access control systems. As an additional benefit – the cards were also branded to their venue, not to us.

The secret is this… RFID Cards for 99% of access control uses are incredibly simple and should not cost an arm and a leg. AAC’s RFID Cards are compatible with Links and VingCard systems.

If you feel that your hotel, resort, aquatic centre, event, festival, cruise line or gym is paying too much for RFID cards, contact AAC today to discuss how we can save you thousands of dollars starting now. Talk to AAC at 1300 797 478 or email sales@aacidsolutions.com.

RFID Cards

RFID Cards On The Rise

RFID cards are everywhere.

From your local aquatic centre and gym to the next music festival or University Open Day, RFID cards are growing in popularity and prevalence. For good reason too!

As RFID technology has become more cost effective so have the accompanying RFID wristbands and RFID cards. Use of the cards has also grown to encompass not just access control, but engagement and social media integration.

More and more, events and venues using RFID technology are focusing on ways to add value to the user experience. On the flip side, the goal is also to obtain valuable data from users such as their activity patterns, likes, social media reach and more. Data is king in the new digital age, and this is no different when it comes to marketing.

Key uses of RFID cards in 2015

  • Hotel access systems – guest access to rooms and facilities often use simple RFID Cards that can be scanned at close proximity.
  • Aquatic centre or fitness centre access – simply used to scan for access to facilities, but also set-up to within their membership structure i.e. the visitor may have access to the pool but not the sauna due to their lower membership status.
  • University Open Days – for quick registration and information dissemination, visitors scan their card at each faculty and are sent information on their chosen course automatically.
  • Business events and conferences – engagement of participants and attendees with treasure hunts, but also information gathering with regards what parts of an event the attendee visited, breakout sessions etc
  • Music festival VIP areas – in conjunction with their identification wristbands, RFID cards can be used by VIP’s for special experiences offered by sponsors of the event itself. This might entail access to a VIP lounge for instance.

AAC ID Solutions offers RFID Cards with all major chip types, including Mifare 1k and Ultralight, as well as others. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

University Open Days going RFID in 2014

RFID technology is expanding rapidly in Australia, and one of the key drivers for this growth has been University Open Days. Bond University on the Gold Coast were one of the first to make this leap, and have utilised RFID technology for the past two years at their Open Days.

The beauty of an RFID-driven Open Day is that registrations are processed quickly, vast amount of data are collected, prospective students can register their interest in a course with the swipe of a wristband or card, and there can be a whole new level of social media experiences and interaction at the event.

How does the AAC Open Day RFID package work?

The entire system runs through smartphones that are NFC enabled. AAC will work with our development partners at Centryc to set-up the Open Day system to your specifications. On the day you will be able to:

  • Register all visitors via smartphone and assign them a unique RFID wristband or barcode, that is linked to their profile
  • Allow visitors to swipe their RFID wristband or card at various faculties to express their interest – this may send them an automated email and/or goes in to your database for later use
  • Allow your team to take photos of visitors, swipe the wristbands of those in the photo, and have these photo’s posted automatically to Facebook, Twitter etc. Great interaction.

For more information about how to get rid of your clipboards, pens, pencils and paper at your next Open Day, talk to AAC. We’ll automate the entire event for you, incredibly cost effectively too!