by Jonathan Vatner | February 01, 2004
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 show.
   " 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