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The Tools Hackers Use to Steal Your Office's Secrets
Netragard, who busted out their hacker toolbox
RFID card data scanner/copier
NFC card emulator
fiber optic clip-on coupler
cybersecurity  tools  nfc  rfid  fiberoptics 
28 days ago by bwiese
Could RFID technology mean the end of lost golf balls?
2017-02-09, by Gary McCormick

"If you’ve been to a Topgolf facility or one of the other, similar high-tech golf range/entertainment complex, you may have wondered how the driving range-cum-pinball-machine layout tallies up the flight data on your shots. Well, as you might expect, it’s a tricky problem with a high-tech solution: RFID.

RFID stands for “Radio Frequency Identification," and it is achieved by means of an electronic chip that’s buried in the center of every range ball in use at these facilities. A far cry from the beat-up range pills at your usual low-tech driving range, these electronically equipped units trigger sensors in the dispenser at the hitting bay and in the range targets, gathering the data that is used to measure ball flight and post scores."

"A Dutch firm called Prazza, which is a player in the field of commercial-vehicle tracking—think of it as Lo-Jack for keeping truck drivers honest— made a chip-equipped ball and a finder unit a few years back, but eventually gave up on the idea. The cost of the finder unit was in the $300-plus range, and a sleeve of three golf balls was $30, or about two-and-a-half times the cost of a premium ball like the Titleist Pro V1.

The Prazza ball had a detection range of about 100 meters and worked by sending a signal to the detector, which produced a beeping noise that allowed the player to home in on their ball. The beeping sound was annoying to other golfers, by all accounts, and the finder had no volume control. Prazza tried to license their technology to ball manufacturers with no success because you wouldn't buy as many golf balls if you could find your lousy shots more often."

"Currently there is one manufacturer offering an RFID-equipped ball and matching finder, a UK company called RF-Golf. Their system consists of two three-ball sleeves of their chip-equipped balls and the finder unit; this basic kit sells for £199.99 in the United Kingdom and £219.99 outside the U.K., with additional sleeves available for £21.99/£28.99 per sleeve, or £38.99/£46.99 for two sleeves.

The RF-Golf system’s ball is activated by impact with the club head and stays active for 25-40 minutes. Pressing the “Locate” button on the finder unit activates a silent meter which indicates signal strength – the closer you are to the ball the higher the meter reading. Once you have found your ball, placing the finder unit close to the ball (within 1 centimeter, or a bit less than half an inch) deactivates the chip and you are ready for your next shot."
golf  ball  rfid  technology  review 
5 weeks ago by eric.brechemier
Contactless Technology On Display For Game Day | PYMNTS.com
At the event, consumers will witness the “user experience” they don’t realize they could be having. Call it the “user experience experience.”
After signup, visitors will receive a radio-frequency identification (RFID) sticker representing a wearable, such as a smartwatch. The wearable starts with no value. Guests interact with different experiences in the exhibit to add value to it.
They can tap the sticker against Diebold Nixdorf’s Essence ATM, with its sleek, modern aesthetic, and enjoy a personalized greeting by name — plus a few points for checking their balances. Showing off their dance moves with an emoji earns another credit.

Guests will have accrued approximately $15 in stored value on the RFID sticker by the end of the tour if they interacted with each experience. They can then redeem those funds for a gourmet hot chocolate and/or promotional items from a vending machine that interacts with the wearable. U.S. Bank members also get a chance to win an exclusive gift if their wearable is the lucky winner. The winning wearable is capable of opening a locker at the tour’s conclusion.
finance  casestudies  outdoor  rfid  loyalty 
7 weeks ago by dancall

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