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RFID-Enabled SECRET Missions Boost Museum Membership
- Jun 29, 2016 -

RFID-Enabled SECRET Missions Boost Museum Membership

Last November, the Children's Museum of Houston launched its Special Elite Crime Resolution and Espionage Team (SECRET) scavenger hunt. The process requires young patrons, ages six to 12, to complete a series of missions that can require multiple visits to the museum, as well as many hours of hard play and work on the part of children and their parents. The game is enabled by passive low-frequency (LF) RFID technology to link each player to his or her missions via an RFID-tagged wristband known as a Codex.

Since taking the system live, the Children's Museum of Houston has seen its membership increase, according to Keith T. Ostfeld, the museum's director of educational technology and exhibit development. That, he says, is because players, after completing one or two missions, are likely to want to return for more challenges, which makes a membership more economical for families than buying tickets for each visit.


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