With CenterEdge Advantage 12.1, we released an iPod-based platform for mobile validation of tickets and cards called CenterEdge Mobile. We recently released a lot of great new features, but this is one of my personal favorites. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities for parks and family entertainment centers, and does so at a very reasonable cost.
First, lets talk about the device itself. By using the Apple iPod Touch, we are able to keep the costs down dramatically by taking advantage of Apple's incredibly high production volume. The iPod simply connects to an internal, private WiFi (wireless) network to communicate with your server. So anywhere you can get wireless coverage, you can validate tickets and cards. The only addition to the iPod is a special, ruggedized case that contains a magnetic stripe reader, barcode scanner, and supplemental battery. It's very small, lightweight, and fits in the palm of your hand. We can also provide charging cradles to dock them in at the end of the shift.