For those who don’t already know what RFID wristbands are, they are essentially a form of identification technology which is worn on your wrist.
They can quickly and efficiently authenticate your identity, authorise access to a facility or resource, and store an immense amount of data, all the while being incredibly lightweight and portable. RFID wristbands are already being used by organisations across the world, such as holiday resorts and leisure centres. However, today we’re going to specifically be looking at how they have been revolutionising the transport industry as of late. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more about this innovative piece of technology.
Believe it or not, RFID wristbands can be used for vending on public transport. People can purchase an RFID wristband from their local transport facility, then transfer credit into this portable device. From here, they can pre-emptively pay for any of their future travels. This means they will instantly be granted access to the transport facility whenever they next use it by simply tapping their wrist on a reader. This smart piece of technology is also able to store information on how much credit a person has left on their transport account, preventing customers who haven’t paid for their travels from getting on. RFID wristbands are particularly useful when it comes to children travelling to school as they don’t have to worry about paying if their parents have loaded sufficient credit into their account. This technology could also be integrated with a free school transport scheme.
One of the main disadvantages of taking public transport is the queues that form during rush hour. It’s a nightmare for people who need to get to their work or appointments on time. Fortunately, RFID wristbands can help us overcome this problem by providing a system for quick and easy ticketing. As we mentioned before, people can pre-emptively pay for their travels, saving lines from forming in front of the ticket machines. There’s also no need to fumble around for your travel pass – you just tap your wrist on the reader. RFID readers will also prevent anyone who hasn’t paid from entering, cutting down on costs and improving security. As such, transport facilities no longer need to worry about queues forming in the rush hour; RFID wristbands will smooth out the flow of passengers avoiding bottlenecks and potential delays.
The other brilliant thing about RFID wristbands is that they are completely contactless. Now with the global pandemic meaning we must avoid touchpoints (which are very common on public transport) to slow the spread of coronavirus, contactless technology is more important than ever before. It will facilitate our need for better hygiene. What’s also great about contactless RFID wristbands is that they allow us to complete cashless vending. This means people don’t need to worry about touching hands or losing money from the till anymore.
These are just a few selected reasons why RFID wristbands are going to revolutionise the transport industry. We’re looking forward to seeing this smart technology integrated into public transport facilities across the world.