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Enhance the user’s experience with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Event Management. At Metalcraft we get asked a lot of questions about RFID for specific applications and have complied some of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to RFID for Event Management below. If you don’t see the question you would like answered please email us at faq@universalrfid.com and we’ll make sure to get you the answers you need.

Why use RFID over the traditional credentials and wristbands that I have been using for years?

The RFID technology increases the value of the data captured by increasing the speed and accuracy of data collection and ease of real time analysis. It also allows you the ability to map attendees’ travel routes throughout the venue providing better resource allocation, i.e. security. The addition of other variable data, i.e. QR code or Near Field Communication (NFC) inlays may allow for another layer of security or even serve another purpose, i.e. advertising.

What RFID frequencies should we use for event management and why?

The frequency selected needs to fit the application needs. Long read range UHF (ultra high frequency) tags provide read ranges up to 6 to 10 feet while short read NFC (near field communication) tags with 2 to 6 inches of read range can provide close and personal reads of the tag by your event security team members. For some security-sensitive applications you can use both UHF and NFC inlays in the same tag for authentication of the wearer – plus the long read range of the UHF for quick identification.

What kind of read range should I expect from UHF (ultra high frequency) tags?

Read range varies and is dependent on both the technology selected (UHF or NFC), the inlay and antenna design as well as the reader. Using UHF we feel it is practical to expect a 6 to 12 foot read range due to the increased density of the tags, the speed of the people entering the venue and the close proximity of the people to each other in the crowd. Planning on the 6 to 12 foot read range requires the use of multiple antennas to cover broader areas of moving attendees flowing into a venue.

What readers work with your tags?

Any standard NFC reader that complies with ISO/IEC 18000-3 standard will work with Metalcraft NFC tags. NFC operates at 13.56 MHz as contrasted by the higher frequency of 915MHz for the UHF band.

Will I need some specialized software on my computer to accomplish the data analysis, revenue control reporting and security for the RFID readers on my network?

Yes, the best sources for this type of software are specialty systems integrators and event management/ticketing software companies already in the market. Metalcraft has established relationships with some of these companies and can work with you to put together an entire solution.

We need very high security for our events and don’t want any unexpected gate crashers. How can RFID help us out?

RFID can provide very high security levels and there are options based upon your security needs. Short read range NFC tags are far more sophisticated than UHF at this time because of the secure authentication process used. A second feature is the short of near contact read range that requires the attendee to almost touch the reader antenna and is an opportunity for security staff to make a one-on-one visual check of the attendee. High security is a trade-off with long read range and high speed processing of UHF tags.

What type of readers work with your NFC tags?

Any standard NFC reader that complies with ISO/IEC 18000-3 standard will work with Metalcraft NFC tags. NFC operates at 13.56 MHz as contrasted by the higher frequency of 915MHz for the UHF band.

We are concerned with durability of the credentials and wristbands. Will they be able to withstand an entire outdoor event?

Metalcraft RFID credential tags are constructed of durable materials like polycarbonate and polyester which protects the digitally printed images and copy while encapsulating the RFID inlay. The printing on our adhesive closure wristbands is protected by an overlaminate while the RFID inlay is encapsulated between layers of material and adhesive.

RFID for Event Management Products

RFID Credential Tags

RFID Adhesive Closure

RFID Windshield Tags

RFID Key Fobs

RFID Wristbands