Thursday, January 25, 2007

RFID And "Speedpassing" Payment Hits The Slopes

Planet Snow Tools comes thru big time, installs over eleven rails and two jumps on Mainline Trail just above Main Lodge. Image Credit: Snö Mountain

RFID And "Speedpassing" Payment Hits The Slopes

Just when you thought "sketching" couldn't get any hotter, along comes a way you can hit the slopes without money or ID to get lost or stolen after pulling off a Stiffy air-Fakie in the half-pipe.

Wrist bands with RFID proximity antennas and memory allow you to be counted as a paid up member for the lifts and while you're at it, a contactless ATM/Credit Card for all of your incidentals.

Skiers at a Pennsylvania ski lodge won’t have to worry about carrying cash when they show up on the slopes. One wrist band will do the trick, providing entry to the ski lift as well as allowing them to make purchases. Image Credit: Precision Dynamics

So, with a wave of the wrist, I'll just pay for the Mountain Dew to go with that cheeseburger ... and while I'm at it, I'll buy those new Oakley, SHAUN WHITE SIGNATURE SERIES A FRAME goggles I've been meaning to get.

This from Contactless News -

Snö Mountain implements Precision Dynamics' RFID wristbands for ski lift passes and cashless purchases
Contactless News - Wednesday, January 24 2007

SAN FERNANDO, CA -- Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC), a global leader in automatic wristband identification, announces the implementation of its Smart Band RFID Wristband System at the recently renovated Snö Mountain (formerly Montage Mountain) in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. Snö Mountain, an alpine ski and multi-season recreation center, opened on January 12, 2007.

The RFID wristband system provides added conveniences to guests including automated ski lift tickets and cashless point-of-sale (POS). Purchasing food and beverages at the ski park is a breeze using Smart Band's contactless payment feature. Guests can load money onto their wristband at POS stations using cash, credit or debit cards. Smart Bands work well in any environment -- wet or dry -- making them a great addition to any ski resort.

"Implementing PDC's RFID system will allow us to focus on the customer's overall experience and added convenience, setting Snö Mountain apart from the competition," says Denis Carlson, President of Snö Mountain. "Also, having a cashless payment option will help increase spending at POS locations such as the Snö Grill."

Snö Mountain expects over 175,000 visitors to the ski park this winter season and approximately 500,000 visitors during the summer season at Snö Cove waterpark. The Pocono Mountains are a popular resort and vacation area for residents of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. This is PDC's second RFID implementation in this area, with Great Wolf Lodge being the first. For more information on Snö Mountain, visit
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