What is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It is a wireless technology which transmits encoded data through radio waves. Using specialized scanners, users can read or edit data on an RFID tag in milliseconds. RFID wristbands for hotels are wristbands with an RFID tag built into them. For more information about RFID wristbands, please click here.

Is RFID technology used in hotels?

Yes they do and some have been using it for a long time. Most hotels have been using RFID cards for guests to opens rooms or access elevators but in recent years, some have been getting creative and finding new ways to benefit from this technology to increase productivity, safety and make their guests experience better!

Many hotels have also started switching from RFID cards to RFID wristbands. One of the first major brands to implement RFID wristbands was Disney who implemented their ‘MagicBand‘ throughout all of their resorts in 2013. The number of hotels switching to RFID wristbands has been increasing rapidly over the last 5 years.

RFID Wristbands for Hotels
The evolution of Disney’s MagicBand

How can Hotels benefit from RFID Wristbands

Technically, RFID cards and RFID wristbands serve the same purpose, however guests seem to find wristbands much easier and faster to use. This is especially true for larger resorts with multiple restaurants, pools and other facilities who have a robust RFID system built in. A guest can head to the pool without having to worry about carrying anything, tap their wristband to pay for a drink then use it to make a reservation for dinner; all while keeping their wallet safe in their room! Cards are also often lost or even stolen which can create stressful situations for guests, even if they just need to wait at reception to get it changed. Wristbands are much harder to lose since they are contently secured to the guests wrists.

What can RFID do for hotels?

There are many ways RFID can benefit hotels. It can add an extra layer of security, increase staff productivity, be used to manage a cashless system for guests and generally make their experiences better. Most hotels have been using RFID for basic features like controlling elevator access, room access, powering rooms, making reservations or access to certain areas like pools or gyms.

Recently, hotels have been getting creative with their RFID wristbands in an effort to improve their guests overall experience. Universal studios in Florida has invested heavily in their RFID system and have it implemented throughout the resort. Guests can tap their bands at a ride to join a virtual queue and receive notifications when it’s their time to join. They also have interactive totems placed around the resort which guests can ‘activate’ by scanning their wristbands. RFID wristbands can also be paired to guests social media pages and they can post photos or ‘check-in’ by simply tapping an RFID scanner.

RFID can also be used to improve things behind the scenes. Tags can be used to help with managing inventories, track guests luggage and increase staff members productivity. logging which RFID tags are used to open each door also discourages employee theft.

Universal Studios’ Tapu Tapu RFID Wristband

Different types of RFID Wristbands

RFID Wristbands for Hotels are very customizable. There are 3 main types of RFID chips: Low frequency (LF) RFID, High frequency (HF) RFID and Ultra high frequency (UHF) RFID. Each frequency is ideal for different uses as they can store different amounts of data and can be accurately read from different distances. The RFID tag of your choice can then be implanted into 3 different kinds of Wristbands: Fabric, Silicone or Tyvek each of which come in a range of different colours and can have your own branding printed on the surface. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team on info@maltawristbands.com or by calling +356 99990566