To start understanding the importance of having an RFID Platform for events that can operate 100% offline, we need to first understand how RFID works and why is important that the platform is engineered correctly.
How Does RFID Work?
RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification Devices, are small wearable chips stored on lanyards or wristbands. Each device has an inbuilt radio transmitter and receiver, and pairs with a reader by sending encrypted signals. By gathering information unique to the device wearer, you have the power to securely track, identify and transfer data insights to enhance the event.
How is the Tixify RFID Platform for Events different?
Tixify uses a truly offline system, rather than a wired/wireless offline system. The critical distinction between these 2 systems could make all the difference to the success of your event.
Many RFID Platform suppliers claim that their technology is capable of operating completely offline, and while the claim is technically true there are significant downsides to choosing a wired/wireless offline system.
How useful is a wireless offline system? Not very.
Wired/Wireless offline systems operate using on-site servers, which are hooked up to all point-of-sale top up and payment devices.
Transactions then are processed on the server, rather than the devices, and while they are capable to operate “offline” they still need connectivity to the local network so that they can process the transactions in the server.
So your options are to invest in wired infrastructure that becomes a huge expense on bigger sites, or to rely on wi-fi that can go out at any moment and render your event incapable of processing top-ups or sales. And it has happened with other platforms. Many Times.
Tixify offers a truly offline system.
Tixify offers a truly offline solution to Cashless Payments. Each transaction is securely processed by Tixify’s devices, which store a local copy of the database. This information is then synchronized to a cloud server when possible. The data is also stored on the wristband, so when one wristband touches multiple devices, the data is backed up across all units.
What does this mean for you? In the event of Wi-Fi or power outages, your attendees can continue to topup and purchase, and your profits aren’t affected by unforeseen downtime. The beat goes on.
Tixify’s RFID ticketing can even cut out the need for internet or costly WiFi solutions in the first place. WiFi can be an expensive commodity during massive events, particularly in remote locations, with costs easily reaching the €20,000 mark.
Is your data truly safe during offline operation?
The next thing you should ask to a supplier who claims to be able to operate 100% offline is “How is my data integrity secured?”.
Loss, theft or damage of POS devices is not unheard of and is in fact a very common occurrence. This brings the question of what happens to your sales that are stored in the local storage of a unit that was lost? In most of the cases your sales data is gone forever, and that brings problems all around with settlements, inventory, tips, etc.
Tixify smart mesh-architecture replicates the data stored in every chip, every time that chip interacts with a device, so in the case of loss or theft of units, the sales data from every transaction that occurred in that device is securely stored and replicated in every other device that interacted with those chips. Its confusing, but it works!
What’s the best RFID solution for your event?
Tixify RFID Platform for events is capable of operating 100% offline, and without any interruption. In fact, Tixify has never caused any disruption to food, drinks or merchandise vendors.
If you’re ready to find out how Tixify can assist you with your next event, get in touch by contacting email@example.com