Guests at the resort, which opens next year, will use RFID wristbands to do just about everything, including entering rooms, accessing lockers, buying food and arcade tokens, and even taking pictures.

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 Monday, November 12, 2007

KeyLime Cove waterpark goes cashless with RFID

Precision Dynamics (PDC) reports that it is implementing its Smart Band RFID wristband at KeyLime Cove Water Resort in Gurnee, Illinois, USA. In doing so, the resort will become completely cashless. 

Scheduled to be completed in late February 2008, KeyLime Cove Water Resort will feature 414 Hotel Suites, a 64,500 square foot waterpark and 12,000 square feet of meeting space. PDC announces that its Smart Band RFID Wristband will consist of PDC Smart Kiosks (with a touch-screen monitor that allows parents to deposit money into pre-funded children's accounts by utilizing cash, credit cards or existing room credit), PDC Smart SuperBand Wristbands as well as third party software and hardware at the venue. yhuang This article is copyright 2007 UsingRFID.com.

Patron safety at heart 

Robin Barber, Vice President of Advanced Marketing & Technology at PDC, said: "PDC's role includes RFID consulting and RFID project management services to KeyLime Cove Water Resort making this facility completely cashless. With the Smart Band RFID system, KeyLime Cove Water Resort patrons will not have to worry about carrying their keys or losing money. Also, there is the added security of families being able to pre-fund and monitor their children's purchases. It's secure, easy to use, and increases park spending."

The implementation of the RFID wristband will provide guests with new levels of ease and convenience. PDC is working along with other third party software and hardware partners to make the resort completely cashless. The RFID applications will provide the resort and its patrons with automated cashless point-of-sale (POS), keyless entry to hotel rooms and lockers, cashless vending, digital photography, and cashless spending in the arcade using RFID enabled token machines.

Technology vendors 

Salto Systems has been chosen to secure keyless guest room access. PDC's Smart Band is read by the guest room lock and authorizes guests in their rooms. Guests no longer have to worry about losing keycards while they enjoy rides.

Micros Systems has been selected to deploy its Micros 9700 Hospitality Management System to support point-of-sale requirements. In addition, several tools from the Opera Enterprise Suite will be installed, including a Property Management System, Sales and Catering, and Web Booking applications.

cStar Technologies will provide RFID readers for wireless vending. cStar's application, eDispense HT, the engine behind cStar's Vending Genie Hospitality, will deliver the same cashless payment method for all other self service areas such as arcades, business centres, photo booths and laundry facilities.

Namco Cybertainment will be responsible for the installation, service, and management of amusement games in the arcade and other areas at the resort. The company will also be assisting with prize selection, ordering, stocking, and maintenance at the redemption centre.

Jackson Digital Imaging will also provide RFID technology. Each guest will receive a Smart Band RFID wristband prior to entering the wet water rides. Wristbands are scanned by an RFID reader to link the guest with their photograph, which is later captured during the ride via a triggering mechanism. Guests can then view their photographs on monitors at the ride exit. Throughout their stay, visitors can view ride photos by scanning their wristbands at photo centres located across the park.

Smarte Carte's electronic locker concession system uses Smart Band wristbands to let waterpark and hotel guests open their lockers with a wave of their wrist. The Smarte Locker keyless locker system has revolutionised the way park patrons gain access to stored personal items by combining RFID access and multiple-entry features to provide secure access, which in turn encourages secondary park spending.

Finally, Ideal Software Systems will be providing the RFID readers for the resort's token machines, and the software to post token purchases to folio (i.e. room accounts and pre-paid accounts).

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