RFID Gets Waterproofed

Posted by Ken Lynch on Tue, Nov 02, 2010 @ 07:30 AM

Helps Control Crowds at the Pool and More

Caddy DayPossibly inspired in part by the Livestrong bracelets, some companies have invented waterproof RFID wristbands for a variety of purposes. One that has received some attention is the 13.56 MHz RFID waterproof wristband tag by GAO RFID. Going hand-in-hand with this month’s theme of identifying, locating and tracking people, this product was made to help manage attendance in swimming pools. The tags are also used to monitor saunas and outdoor water parks. As the number of people increases for any type of water activity, so do the risk factors, so club owners may find this appealing because it could potentially help limit their liability.  And with that could come lower insurance premiums.

The tag can withstand temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to 70 degrees Celsius and is resistant to vibration that might be caused when a person jumps into the water. An added bonus - clubs and parks can use it as an advertising tool because names, logos and graphics can be printed on the wristbands.  Because of their sturdy design and versatility, the RFID wristbands could also be used to manage swimmers at camp and students on field trips that may involve water sports. I’m pretty sure the owner of my gym would like it so he could better manage time slots at the pool, giving families and avid lap swimmers their turn without the usual hassle.  

Not sure about you, but I just got an image of “Caddy Day,” when I thought of trying to keep the number of excited pool goers to a controlled amount. The lifeguard in Caddyshack could certainly have used some RFID assistance to instill some order and safety!

Synometrix took the waterproofing a step further and combined that feature with being disposable, geared toward medical facilities. These seem like they would be perfect for monitoring newborns in the maternity ward and several other healthcare applications (more on this topic in a future post). These disposable tags also lend themselves nicely to managing access at large events, like concerts with general admission where crowd control can be an issue.

We’re in the digital age, so we shouldn’t need to have a group life guards or a ticket collectors manning turnstiles struggling to manage crowds and the safety of each individual. We’re beyond that - with the help of RFID.

Tags: RFID, Wristband Tags, Access Control, Attendance Management

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