RFID Rubber Wristbands – Uses, Benefits, and More
RFID wristbands have changed the way events are being held. With RFID, events are now safer, more convenient, and operate efficiently. You can incorporate Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) into a variety of different wristband materials. For instance, plastic and vinyl offer a comfortable fit and material for single-use events, such as waterparks. But what about instances where the wristband will be used many times over the course of many months or even years? If this is the case, RFID rubber wristbands might be the solution for your business.
Common Uses for RFID Rubber Wristbands
Seasonal Pass Programs
These are common for amusement parks and water parks. RFID rubber wristbands allow season pass holders to simply scan their wristbands and enter the park. They can also store their payment information in the RFID database to make additional purchases seamlessly once they are in the park.
Gym members enjoy using RFID wristbands because they replace ID badges and other forms of identification. Instead, just scan your wrist and get to work. These RFID wristbands also allow members to access the facilities during late hours when fewer employees are working.
Apartment and Condo Buildings
RFID rubber wristbands add an extra level of security to your complex. Keys and ID cards can be stolen or misplaced. Keeping your entry credentials right on your wrist makes for a convenient living experience for your residents and makes it less likely that the wrong people will be entering your building.
Benefits of RFID Rubber Wristbands
Rubber wristbands are highly durable. We use only the highest-quality silicone when we make our RFID rubber wristbands. These wristbands are tear resistant and waterproof, meaning that they can stay on your wrist under any circumstance and are not likely to fall off.
Our wristbands are designed to fit comfortably. In fact, our users often forget they are even wearing one! This makes our rubber wristbands the ideal choice for both short-term and long-term activities.
RFID technology gives you the tools to uniquely identify individual users, making it nearly impossible to counterfeit. Should one of your users lose or accidentally damage their wristband, you can verify them and quickly issue a new wristband.
With our RFID rubber wristbands, you can collect data insights whenever they complete a purchase (using their RFID tag, of course), enter a building, or access a facility. You can then use this data to make improvements to the setup of your entry points, commercial areas, and facilities.
How does RFID technology work?
RFID is composed of two parts: tags and readers. Readers are devices that emit radio waves and receive signals from the tags. RFID tags, on the other hand, use radio waves to communicate data to the reader. Passive RFID tags are the most common type of tag found at attractions and events. The reason, primarily, is that they do not require an internal power source. Instead, they draw power from the reader during the scanning process. This is also why they have a lower signal range than an active RFID tag, which requires an internal power source. It is also the lack of an internal power source that makes passive RFID tags a cost-effective option.
RFID Scanning Process
- Data is stored on a tag. This data is typically inputted by the user of the RFID wristband and can include payment information, admissions data, and a general profile of the user.
- A reader’s antenna acknowledges the signal of the nearby tag. This initiates the connection.
- The antenna connects to the reader and then collects data stored on the tag.
- The Reader sends the data to a database where it will be stored. This happens in a blink of an eye.
RFID vs. Barcode Technology
Believe it or not, there isn’t a lot of similarity between these two technologies. Sure, they both retrieve data from an asset via scanning. However, their differences greatly outweigh the similarities. The following is a list of the biggest differences between the two technologies as they pertain to wristbands.
While wristband barcodes can become damaged quickly, RFID wristbands are highly durable, even in poor weather conditions. RFID antennas can be embedded in materials that are non-conductive. This makes it far less likely that they will be damaged by the elements.
RFID wristbands are ideal for event admissions because of the sheer volume of tags that can be scanned in a short amount of time. Barcodes, on the other hand, have very low throughput. Barcodes can only be scanned all the time and take longer to scan each unit.
It is much easier to counterfeit barcode technology than it is RFID wristband technology. The reason is simple—a barcode can be duplicated and reprinted. It is incredibly difficult to fraudulently access an encrypted RFID database.
Read and Write Capabilities
RFID allows administrators to read, write, and modify data in real-time. Barcode technology only allows you to read data.
RFID rubber wristbands offer faster admissions alternatives than barcode wristbands because the orientation of the band during the scanning process is irrelevant. RFID chips can be read from any direction and even through the back of the tag. Barcode wristbands must be oriented in a certain way for the scanner to read the code. This often requires a staff member to help administer the scanning process, which is inconvenient. It should also be noted that if the barcode were to get dirtied or damaged, the scanning process will fail.
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