Dolly Parton's theme park shells out for more silicon
And, I-I-I-I-I-I will always track you
Splash Country, a water park attached to Dollywood in Knoxville, Tennessee, is offering punters the chance to carry "Sunny Money" in the form of RFID-equipped wristbands as tickets and wallets.
It's basically a form of pre-payment voucher. Punters can load up their wristbands with cash then spend it at various snack and souvenir standards, as well as shops and restaurants within the Dolly Parton-owned park.
The great thing, for the park, is that swimming costumes aren't ideal for carrying cash or credit cards, so ensuring that punters always have money available is the first stage in getting them to part with it.
The bands also work as tickets to the park itself, as well as passes to the various slides and rides.
All this is great testing for proximity payment systems, hopefully enabling lessons to be learnt before London starts it's much less controlled trials next month.
Another way of tracking us
Looks like another way of tracking people. Perhaps in years to come we will have a chip injected into us and that will have all our details on, including bank account details so we just walk past a scanner to pay for something. Not for me, I like my privacy.
A handshake away from complete financial ruin ...
"USA is soo 1980 w/ regard to personal technology"
Well, Japan is soo 1900's when it comes to worker rights.
As for this RFID wallet, I am just wondering how long will it be before people will start noticing the fundamental security flaws inherent in the system.
...surely it's called Thoracic Park.
I'll get me coat.