With security at meetings
becoming an increasingly important priority, a number of new
technological innovations are being developed to help keep unwanted
visitors out of meeting rooms.
" One pricey option is Radio Frequency Identification, which
gathers information from a microchip imbedded in the name badge and
allows entry without the need to swipe. Skip Heymann, owner of New
York City-based Heymann Management International, LLC, an event
management firm, says RFID already is being used by corporate
security departments. Cost: about $10,000 for a midsize trade
" Less expensive is the nTAG (www.ntag.com
), an electronic badge that uses
RFID to monitor attendance, do paperless polling, instant messaging
and a bevy of team-building activities. It can even transmit data,
such as mutual areas of interest, back and forth between wearers.
“It does what a really great host would do,” says George Eberstadt,
co-founder of nTAG, based in New York City. Cost: between $40 and
$100 per attendee.
" Low on tech but high on affordability is TEMPbadge Plus (www.tempbadgeplus.com
). Two stickers are bonded
together and affixed to the name tag. After an allotted period of
time, they change color, making it easier for security to spot
expired badges. Cost: As little as $43 per thousand