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Author Topic: Princess to watch your every move with a cruise card medallion  (Read 1393 times)
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« on: January 05, 2017, 08:03:14 AM »

"A waterproof module weighing 1.8 ounces, and with a battery life Carnival pegs at more than a month, the Medallion snaps magnetically into accessories that can be worn on the wrist, on a belt, on a pendant around the neck, or wherever the owner chooses."

"Carnival mails a Medallion to each passenger ahead of a journey, engraved with the name of the passenger and the cruise. The gadget will be the passenger's room key and will store information to make for a customized cruise experience."

"The experiences these companies offer go beyond being able to unlock your door without a key or card. Their gadgets harness thousands of sensors across a set location, gathering data as they go to personalize services and offerings."

"To make this all possible, a cruise ship must be kitted out with up to 7,000 sensors and a cloud network combined with artificial intelligence software that's constantly gathering and processing data about each passenger. Carnival retains this data following the cruise, so repeat customers can be offered their favorite wine again should they take a follow-up voyage. Carnival may also, perhaps not surprisingly, use the data for targeted advertising."

https://www.cnet.com/news/carnival-princess-cruises-wearable-tech-ocean-medallion-class-vacations/


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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2017, 08:08:32 AM »

Sign me up for that one....and I don't care if they do track my every movement on the ship.
It's benefits outweigh all the downsides of having one.
They're tracking every movement right now except by a more manual means so this will just make things easier and cheaper. If I'm not seeing it correctly please enlighten me to the downsides.
If people are so upset about being tracked just put it in a metal case to block the RFID signal.
Of course you'll have to remove it to gain entrance to your cabin.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2017, 05:05:40 PM »

Rich, I like the spin you've put on this.  At first I thought it sounded pretty creepy; but after your post, I can see some advantages. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2017, 08:17:27 PM »

There's no information that they don't already have at their disposal, so why not?
Everything that I can see is to my benefit.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2017, 12:00:00 PM »

Can you imagine the data they are going to gather and the value of that information?

When you eat, what you eat, where you go, what you do on a minute by minute basis.

I do have somewhat mixed feelings about it (big brother is watching and all that), from a business point of view - finally, someone wants to gather data from which to make future cost saving changes - otherwise known as 'product enhancement' changes.

But keep in mind, the bottom line is that labor costs continue to be a major element in company costs - and I will bet you that the pitch made to spend the millions of dollars to implement this included the potential labor savings that this information could generate.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2017, 05:52:49 PM »

"Carnival executive John Padgett, who worked on the project, was previously a vice president at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in Florida, where he helped bring to life MagicBand smart bracelets that used short-range signals to replace wallets, tickets and room keys.

The medallions were designed to appear more like pendants than gizmos, using wireless signals to connect to sensors spread across a ship. Weighing 1.8 ounces, they can serve as keepsakes after the trip is over.

Adult guests will be able to opt out of being discoverable by the devices, which are also designed to help people navigate from one place to another on board massive and sometimes disorienting ships.

"It will also tell you if your husband is in the casino when he is not supposed to be," Johnson quipped."

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1028462.shtml
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2017, 06:05:49 AM »

The Medallion advertising has started. What's next? An Princess implantable tracking device?

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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2017, 06:11:29 AM »

So far I have heard one thing about the tracking that I would consider negative.
I think some people are overreacting about it.
Maybe not, but I'll still reserve the right to make judgement as more information is released.
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2017, 09:11:54 AM »

"The medallions are set to debut aboard Regal Princess this November, followed by rollouts on Royal Princess and Caribbean Princess in early 2018.  The wearables are eventually expected to make their way to other Carnival Corp. brands, which include Carnival, Holland America, Cunard, Seabourn, Costa, P&O U.K. and P&O Australia."

http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=7543
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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2017, 11:53:52 AM »

I'm certain they push to have them installed on all the ships as fast as possible when they discover the big increase in sales.
One thing I am certain of: It won't change my spending habits by one dollar. They probably know that already. 
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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2017, 11:20:03 PM »

I'm certain they push to have them installed on all the ships as fast as possible when they discover the big increase in sales.
One thing I am certain of: It won't change my spending habits by one dollar. They probably know that already. 

I'll second that.
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2017, 10:41:38 AM »


BY ALL MEANS I WILL 3RD THAT.  NOT A DOLLAR CHANGE HERE...   Grin 
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2017, 04:17:18 PM »

The faster the better. In the last 14 days between my wife & myself we cancelled out out cruise card 9 times. It got to be when they saw us in line they knew exactly why. I think they had a batch of bad cards because after they finally gave each of us NEW cards the problem stopped.
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2017, 05:17:28 PM »

How annoying; I've never heard of that happening--at least not so many times.
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