6 reasons why your organization needs RFID wristbands
Contactless technology is making rapid and lasting improvements to our society. No longer do you have to carry cash on you at all times – simply use your contactless card to pay for your bus fare or your sandwich. You don’t have to carry several different keys at work – just use your office card to get into your room, log onto your computer, and go to the gym at lunchtime. Contactless technology allows people to move more freely and more securely.
And contactless technology is not limited to the benefits of contactless cards. Have you ever heard of RFID wristbands? While you may not have encountered the exact terminology, it is highly likely you have used RFID wristbands recently.
These smart wristbands are used in leisure facilities and resorts, to access rooms and pools, spas and restaurants. They are a firm favourite with festival organisers and gig promoters. RFID wristbands are popular with colleges and in healthcare organisations.
So, how does an RFID wristband work? And, more importantly, what are the benefits of investing in RFID wristbands for your organisation? Here we take a look at these versatile, useful wristbands and the advantages you get from using wristbands. Take a closer look
What are RFID Wristbands?
RFID wristbands are enabled with Radio Frequency Identification technology and, simply put, they use radio waves to transmit information between the wristband and the reader. It is a form of contactless technology; the user does not have to insert the wristband into a reader, nor do they have to remember a PIN or any password. There are a variety of different RFID wristbands, and they can be customised to suit your organisation and purpose.
For example, some wristbands have a rubber bracelet that encircles the entire wrist, with a built-in chip for transmitting the information, while other wristbands look like the bands you wear at festivals and concerts, but they are slightly thicker. The data inside RFID wristbands can include ID, financial details, and social media details.
Best Benefits of RFID Wristbands
So, what are the benefits of RFID wristbands? There are many reasons why these wristbands are a popular feature for many organisations. Here are just a few of the benefits.
RFID Wristbands Provide Faster Access at Events
These wristbands are regularly used by organisers of concerts, festivals, exhibitions, and similar attractions. One major advantage of using wristbands for these purposes is speeding up the waiting time and shortening the queue for getting in. With everyone wearing wristbands, no one needs to spend excess time searching for their tickets to get into the event, or access specific areas. There is no need for a staff member to check tickets. And there is consequently no wasted time when staff have to deal with non-valid tickets. With everyone getting in quicker, the whole experience of the event or the attraction gets off to a better start, and a higher level of user satisfaction is more likely to be achieved.
RFID Wristbands Prevent Overcrowding
Another major benefit of RFID wristbands for events is that organisers can more easily prevent unauthorised access and control access so that the event is safely attended. If a ticket is lost or stolen, it can still be used, and this causes security problems and potential overcrowding. Tickets could be forged to allow more people to enter. RFID wristbands can easily be deactivated if they are reported lost or stolen by the purchaser. A new wristband can be issued with new data, which allows just one person to enter the event. The wristbands can not be easily cloned, which makes it unlikely that a person can buy one entry and turn it into several more. There are many benefits to preventing over-crowding, not least the essential compliance with safety regulations that make sure the event is safe for those that attend.
RFID Wristbands Increase Spending By Allowing Cashless Vending
RFID wristbands are not only useful for events. They can also be used in leisure facilities such as entertainment resorts, spas, and holiday parks. The wristbands can be used not only for access but for purchases. Users can load money onto their wristbands and then they do not have to worry about carrying cash to pay for drinks, snacks, or meals. This is particularly important in places like swimming pools and spas when people find it difficult to carry anything on their person. By making it easier to pay for goods, organisers see increased spending. Customers are also more satisfied because it is easier for them to pay.
RFID Wristbands Can Be Configured For Specific Access Requirements
Wristbands with RFID technology can be individually configured so that access is different for every user. This is obviously essential when you are thinking about access to hotel or resort rooms. But it is also important for staff. Cleaners may not need to access areas where management staff do, for example. At an event, access backstage can be restricted to authorised personnel.
RFID Wristbands Can Be Configured With Social Media
The wristbands can also be used to provide updates on social media when the user checks into a specific area or uses their wristband for a specific purpose. This can be optional for guests so that they are in control of their social media posts. It is a benefit for organisers as it increases visibility on social media and can be used creatively to build brands.
RFID Wristbands Provide Useful Customer Data
It is easy to see which areas in a resort are most popular, or how many people use certain attractions or see different bands at a festival when wristband technology is used. Adjustments can be made in real-time; for example, if many people are attending one attraction, extra space can be made in order to accommodate people rather than turn them away. Inventories can be adjusted so that certain items on menus do not sell out.