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Wristbands, Cards, and Labels for Selective Entry


If you are running a business, a hotel, an apartment complex, or just a one-time event, you need to be able to control entry. If you’re running an event and only want people to be able to enter the event once, then you don’t need anything more than a person taking tickets. However, if you plan to allow people to move about freely and want to be able to prove who has been authorised to enter the space, you need a better system. One of the best ways to determine who can get into a space is with wristbands.


Wristbands are popular as a way of controlling entry because they are very easily visible; all a person needs to do is show you their wrist. That is unobtrusive and easy to do. Also, they are popular because a wristband does not get in the way. You can play sports, attend a concert, carry groceries, and so on while wearing a wristband. If you are choosing wristbands for an outdoor experience or anywhere there might be weather, you need very resilient bands made of a strong material. Tyvek is a common choice. Tyvek wristbands are made of the same material that is commonly used to line the walls of homes.

Tyvek is a material that feels a lot like paper; however, it is completely waterproof and much stronger than paper. If you use these wristbands for your concertgoers or patrons, they won’t have to worry about the possibility of their wristband falling off due to sweat or rain. If you need a more permanent solution, cards or labels are a great choice.

Cards or Labels

An entry card or label typically works based on a radio frequency identification (RFID) system. The RFID sends a signal to a receiver that identifies who you are. These are very popular for university dorms and apartment complexes. There will be an RFID scanner at the door and you simply have to scan your card and the door will open if you are permitted entry. These cards are popular with many businesses because you can add them to your wallet, your purse, or whatever you usually carry. They are unobtrusive and easy to use.

An RFID label works on the same principle as a card, but it is an adhesive strip that you attach to your items. These are not easily returnable, so they are typically used for applications in which the radio frequency changes regularly. For example, if you have an apartment complex with a standard move-out date, you could issue RFID stickers to the tenants. After the move-out date, you could just reprogram the RFID scanner to accept a different frequency. That will render all old stickers inoperable.

There are also RFID wristbands. They operate on the same principle as the cards and labels. You can use them for semi-permanent applications. RFID wristbands are useful because you can quickly swipe in and out of a space. If you want to keep your hands free, wristbands are a great choice. These are just a few of the ways to control entry to an area.

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