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Ranging from high-tech access systems to cash-free POS terminals, GANTNER’s range of contact-free technologies can enhance the efficiency, service and profitability of any health club


s members arrive, pass through reception, access the changing rooms, work out in the gym, relax in the

spa areas or order food and drink in the café, today’s most forward-thinking health clubs should be providing them with an easy, seamless and cashless way of enjoying their leisure experience. With GANTNER Technologies’ range

of access and SMART systems, all information and functionality required by both club and member can be stored on a single, convenient data carrier and relayed to a central database. Far more sophisticated and durable than a simple magnetic strip card, all GANTNER systems use the latest RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to hold and convey information. Members simply use a card, wristband or key tag to access all systems within the club – from check-in, to the lockers, sunbeds, vending machines and any point of sale terminal within the facility. Although there are three product

choices, GANTNER’s UK business development manager, Alexander Egele,

says the RFID wristband is rapidly becoming the choice of many leading health clubs because of its ease of use, durability of material, and the fact that it is comfortable to wear. The use of RFID technology means that the SMART cards or bands cannot be copied by any unauthorised individuals, last up to 10 times longer than magnetic cards, offer high reliability and are resistant against conditions such as heat, cold or damp. Another great benefit for the club

is that these SMART devices come in various shapes, designs, colours and materials. A club’s logo and branding can also be incorporated in GANTNER’s screen designs. While aesthetics are an important

consideration, it is the reliability and functionality that makes the GANTNER system stand out from the crowd. All its products and systems come with the benefit and backing of 30 years of research and development at its headquarters in Austria. In the leisure domain in particular, GANTNER is the technological leader for electronic administration systems in many of the

large European health club chains, as well as leading leisure resorts, spas, thermal baths, ski centres and golf clubs.

Safe and secure It is often acknowledged that some members, regardless of the wide range of facilities on offer or the price, will decide to join a health club based on the quality and convenience of its changing rooms. Apart from attractive changing room design, health clubs should also be able to offer a locker system that is highly secure (perhaps even more important in very large resorts, or in 24-hour gyms where staff presence may be limited) as well as being easy to use. GANTNER’s patented electronic

locking system offers advantages to members and clubs alike, dispensing with the need for cumbersome mechanical locks that can jam and require the inconvenience of an individual key, money, or code to remember. Members simply swipe their smart band to open, and if they forget their locker number, they can access an information terminal which will remind them. And thanks to the immediate alarm in the event of a burglary attempt, they can be assured that valuable possessions are safe. For the health club, GANTNER offers

its locker system either on a wired network or battery operated, and both can be easily integrated into almost any type of changing room locker. The system can also identify which lockers are free, and offer alarm-monitored burglary protection, a night opening function (for cleaning or security) and

GANTNER’s secure locker systems

offer ease of operation and peace of mind for clubs and members

48 Read Health Club Management online at June 2013 © Cybertrek 2013

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