RFID locker protecting gear on Colorado ski slopes (Video)
March 6, 2013
KIOSK Information Systems has brought its RFID-equipped kiosk locker system to the slopes. The company announced its work with the founders of the SnowGate Locker to develop an intelligent system to secure gear at ski resorts.
Users access the lockers through a touchscreen LCD user interface where a credit card rental transaction is conducted. The payment releases a two-part locker system: One traditional locker is provided for helmets, shoes and comparable loose gear; the second is a vertical-mount locked slot where boards, skis and poles slide in. Users are provided tandem access to the storage areas from their single payment transaction. Return access is granted with a re-swipe of the original credit card, with frequent users able to utilize an RFID member card, bypassing the payment system at the resort.
KIOSK Product Development Director Rick Malone said in the announcement that RFID access in this type of locker solution is a convenient accessibility feature for repeat users. By tapping a button on the outside of the locker, the RFID antenna is activated. The user then positions their SnowGate card over the antenna and the locker is released, he said.
"It's a different adaptation of RFID technology KIOSK has included in a nationally deployed consumer bike rental solution that allows avid users even more convenience with recurrent usage," Malone said. "Our teams will also be designing future releases to include smartphone reservation and locker access features to the SnowGate platform. These types of added services go a long way toward building consumer loyalty."
"KIOSK's Product Development Group provided SnowGate with the expertise and agile development needed to create a fully functional resort prototype in a very tight window," said Cory Finney, SnowGate CEO, in the announcement. "They were able to grasp our vision right out of the gate, and worked with us to optimize the design for the best possible customer experience."
Check out the video below for a look at the system: