Connect&GO, a leader in RFID solutions for the leisure, sports and attractions industry, has announced the acquisition of Kool Replay.
Connect&GO is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with Kool Replay, creator of a proprietary system that allows guests to take and share branded photos and videos, thanks to connected capture technology. The company was founded in 2016, and its technology is used all over the world. The Kool Replay system has produced more than 750,000 digital souvenirs to date.
“The Kool Replay system is a unique and complementary addition to the existing Connect&GO platform for permanent installations,” says Mathieu Dupuis, Vice President of technology at Connect&GO. “It’s the first technology we’ve found that makes it possible to easily share edited, branded video content, with multiple view-points using a cloud-based distribution platform, powered by patent-pending algorithms.”
The company will operate as a Connect&GO business unit, while still developing its products autonomously. The company’s two co-founders will continue to grow the business, with the addition of expertise and resources from Connect&GO. Connect&GO also plans to triple the size of the Kool Replay team, as well as making investments in the company’s development.
“We are thrilled to be joining a global leader in guest experience technology for the leisure, sports and entertainment industries. The combination of our technologies will allow us to create added value and offer a completely connected experience,” says François Tremblay, Co-Founder of Kool Replay.
Together, the two companies will be launching a new product called the FunPass. This includes a smart connected wristband dispenser, RFID scanners and Kool Replay’s signature photo/video capturing system.
This will allow customers to buy their wristbands on arrival. Once activated, it is easy to scan, take photos and videos, and share on social media. This is a great addition to the Connect&GO ecosystem, which already enables guests to collect points, compete with friends and even take part in scavenger hunts. Connected wristbands can also be used for cashless payments and access control.
“The additional revenue potential that these services provide for leisure attraction owners is certainly significant,” says Tremblay. “The systems most commonly used at leisure attractions allow for only a single picture to be generated and purchased at the end of a guest’s visit.
“With the “FunPass” wristband, guests can select from a variety of pre-paid packages that may include unlimited videos or a certain number of videos from specific rides.”
Connect&GO also recently announced that it has equipped the NERF Challenge Wolrd Tour with smart RFID wearables to provide a streamlined guest experience.