Another reason I’m glad I am a woman
I guess that’s a way to get directly to the source right?
A well-known nightclub in Singapore called Zouk has successfully implemented these anti-drinking and driving urinals for its customers. Male customers, I might add. When you drive up to the nightclub, you give the valet your keys, and, in exchange, they give you a parking card inlaid with an RFID tag. These cards identify patrons as well as record their alcohol levels. Every time a male patron uses the restroom, the urinal analyzes his urine for the alcohol content in his body. The urinal has an RFID reader that pairs with the alcohol sensor. Then, the reading is recorded on the RFID parking card just inside their pockets. If you’ve had “one too many,” your alcohol levels will be displayed at the urinal and the valet’s booth in the parking garage. The bar offers a drive home service which is helping keep down accidents related to drunk driving and is offered at the valet booth.
There are a few flaws, but overall, Zouk has seen 2/3 of intoxicated people choose a cab or the drive home service instead of taking their car. I think if I was at the club, as a female member of society, I would drink whilst standing in view of the valet booth just to watch people get rejected. It would be a wonderful drinking game, and then, after a fun night, I would responsibly take a cab back home while still laughing at the bar’s gender inequality.
Read more at Gizmag.com.
The right way to use RFID
RFID is now being used to authenticate wine bottles thanks to Chateau Le Pin and Selinko. Using NFC tags, the wine bottles are now interactive with the features mentioned below.
Anti-counterfeiting identification was the original intent when Chateau Le Pin hired Selinko to start looking for an RFID solution. Bottles of wine from Chateau Le Pin average about $3,000, so the company was looking for a way to uphold their quality and brand while diminishing fraud. When you purchase a bottle of Chateau Le Pin wine, there is a small label in the lower left corner indicating that the wine is interactive with your NFC enabled smartphone. After you download the Le Pin app, you place your smart phone near the bottle and the label’s ID number and data is collected and sent to the server. The people at Chateau Le Pin can see where the bottle ended up, and that it was opened and when. Also, the consumer can see the certificate of authenticity and unique serial number identifying the wine as being authentic.
Wine bottle tracking and analytics are then taken from the initial NFC smartphone read and sent to the Le Pin server so that the company can track where the bottle has been and keep a record of how the bottles were distributed. The app only allows the use of the consumer’s information by the company if the consumer allows it on the app when it is downloaded. If the consumer does provide that information, Le Pin “can see where the bottles are distributed, consumed, by whom and when,” Festraets from Selinko said. Again, this also provides consumers with a certificate of authenticity so they can be assured of their purchases.
One-scan buy is also available with wine bottles tagged with NFC tags. If you are drinking a bottle of Le Pin at a friend’s house or at an event, you can scan the bottle and buy the exact same one if you really enjoyed it. If you like it, but were looking for something a little different, the app can pull up the list of Le Pin products for you to check out. (I wish every time you saw something you wanted, you could just scan and buy!)
“My Wine Registry” is a unique way to keep track of the bottles of wine that you prefer as well as comments about them and their tastes. It is described as a virtual wine cellar that you can access or even post to social media and share your preferences of Le Pin wine with your friends. My Wine Registry is a great way to keep up with what you like if you have the kind of memory I do after a bottle of wine.
Chateau Le Pin and Selinko have mutually created a way to use this technology and incorporate little details to delight the consumer. If you are ready and willing to pay around $3,000 for a bottle of delectable wine, try this Le Pin wine! When the vintner puts as much energy, creativity, as well as care into putting together a complete wine package, the customer has nothing left to do but sit back and enjoy!
Read more at RFID Journal.
Harley Davidson fans in the UK may have just become big fans of RFID thanks to Intellitix. Intellitix provided RFID wristbands for a cashless payment method for Harley Davidson’s European Open Road Festival. This is a 24 hour festival full of Harley Davidson fans from all over Europe that took place in Hungary with thousands of motorcycle and music enthusiasts in attendance. RFID wristbands made the festival fully cashless, and, according to people in attendance, were easy to use. They added extra security as well by putting bike license plate numbers on each individual’s wristband so everyone left with their own bike.
As you can imagine in a Harley Davidson festival, some of the biggest pressure with using a cashless system was at the bars. Intellitix stood up to this pressure and didn’t miss a beat when the 24 hour bars were packed with bikers. Intellitix assured everyone that they could track their spending via the internet, but I think if I was at a 24 hour festival like that, I would just spend everything on that wristband. Oh well, over the years I have developed a liking for Ramen noodles after nights like those.
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