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Ticketing & Access Control

“Having intuitive entrances are key to making the entry

process as simple as possible. The parks and attractions that our industry builds are filled with amazing sites, a plethora of sounds and many people coming out to enjoy them…sensory overload. When we design the entry access control point and the technology at these, we have to be simple. We need to leverage concepts and experiences that our guests are already familiar with to quickly allow them to understand how they can interact with the access control point and enter in as efficient of a way as possible. For example, we can leverage the experience like a credit card payment terminal that our guests use day in and day out in their normal life to design an unattended access control point. Having a single inviting device for them to interact with and providing clear and simple communication on the device all while resisting the urge to have the guests focus their attention on many devices and interaction points. “From Semnox Solution’s standpoint, we consider having built our park

Gateway Ticketing

Gateway Ticketing Additional features include on-screen multimedia and SFX enhancements and

management solution as ‘GLOCAL’ i.e. Global + Local,” says Kiran. “Our solution is ‘Global’ because it incorporates the best practices that a park should follow. It’s also ‘Local’ because it could be easily incorporated as per the specific needs of the park. Our client portfolio across the globe testimony to this. With the implementation of our solution, we see to it that the change is seamless and effectively handled by the park team. When it comes to innovation, we are the trendsetters by introducing the Outdoor Compatible XTER & XCESS Readers (deducting / validating agents). Also, we were among the the first few to

introduce the all integrated self-service ticketing kiosk.” Sacoa has a number of products which can be offered in a customised way as

solutions for soft play areas and laser tag. Its Control Access System (CAS) for example offers two different working modes. The Entrance Based Mode: controls the entrance and exit to a ride or attraction, as well asthe time of entrance and exit. This mode is used mainly for the following purposes: to prevent customers from sharing cards (for example swiping the card at the attraction to have a friend go through and then taking the card to another attraction to play); to prevent guests from being allowed in for free by the attendant, or jumping the entrance turnstile, and to calculate the average time of guests at an attraction There is also the Time Based Mode, which controls the time spent by guests at

an attraction, and allows charging the customer for any extra time spent before exit. It is used specifically for attractions which are priced based on a predetermined lapse of time (“free time”), which could be extended by the guest. The four-turnstile format obeys to attractions, such as laser tag arenas, where guests spend some time gearing up after entering the attraction, before the actual playing time begins. CEO Sebastion Mochkovsky continues: “The Laser Tag module is part of

Sacoa’s Online Party Booking software, and allows handling multiple attractions (or special rooms, with a limited capacity and certain duration per session). It operates in two ways: From the Party Booking backend software, it allows the operator to reserve the laser tag or other attraction for a particular party (the party could have been booked online before, by the end customer on his own, or it can also be booked at the same backend by company staff taking the reservation over the phone). From the POS Stations, it allows scheduling walk-ins, printing a brief slip with the time they are booked for.” Regarding hardware items for Access Control for rides

and attractions, Sacoa has developed the M-Reader which allows customer ID verification on attraction. It’s a full user-friendly mobile version of the Sacoa Access Controller that can run on any Android tablet, and is capable of accepting any type of credit from MAG/RFID cards & wristbands to allow access for attractions. It displays the card-owners picture to ensure use by authorised guests only.“The Control Access System monitors the entrance and exit to a ride or attraction, time of entrance/exit, average time spent and extra charge for exceeding time.


multi-language support, making it an excellent media for in-house ads and promotion with video capability. “We also have the SACOA TURNSTILE,” says Sebastian a stainless-steel

motorised turnstile which allows only one customer to go through per card swipe for larger rides. It prevents avalanche jams. This device can also be operated as an entrance gate control and is suitable for indoor or outdoor usage.” The Sacoa Manual Access Device meanwhile, is a Manual Access Device designed for smaller rides.

The future “Consumers are in love with technology and like the idea of everything from biometric authentication to voice-activated mobile apps and robots that will help them with their visit,” says Omnico’s Mel Taylor. He cites Omnico Theme Park ROI Barometer research found UK consumers would increase spending from £31 to £177 per head on food and merchandise if mobile apps, self-service kiosks and robot deliveries to avoid queues were available.” Looking to the future, Mel believes “AI will expand and in order to make

organising and updating visits as easy as ordering groceries, integration with Amazon Alexa and other digital assistants will become a necessity for park brands, Consumers will expect it.” More than eight-in-ten (85 per cent) of consumers in the US, UK, China, Japan and Malaysia told Omnico’s researchers they want theme parks to use artificial intelligence (AI) systems for ID verification

so their visits are as trouble-free as possible. Almost nine-in-ten wanted virtual reality technology to help them get more out of theme park visits. “Dynamic, personalised pricing depending on time and past loyalty history is

also a very strong likelihood,” he says. Gateway Ticketing’s Matthew Hoenstine shares a not too disimilar view: “As I look to the future of access control for attractions, I believe what we see

happening today in public transportation with technology is creating the acceptance for what we need to introduce. “The various subway systems that have embraced contactless payments at their turnstiles is paving the way for consumers to expect the ability to skip a standard ride queue line and easily and simply pay for expedited attraction access with the tap of a phone or card. “The increasing use of facial recognition at airports across the

world is setting the bar for a frictionless experience. Allowing technology to handle the complexity of knowing what someone is entitled to and allowing them to use it without jumping through hoops is key to enabling a guest to be a “guest”. For park operators, new technology is never ending,

says Semox Solution’s Kiran Karanki. “Today it is cashless, online, kiosk-based ticketing integrated with access gates;

tomorrow it might be something more advanced. “From a solution provider like Semnox’s standpoint, we

have to (and are) thinking few years ahead in terms of technology innovation and betterment of the solution offering to the industry, to be at the top of the game.”

Sacoa Motorised Turnstile

JULY 2019

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