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RefTech's new product to help raise delegate confidence

Event technology provider RefTech has launched the Autonomous Scanning Pod (ASPod) to allow visitors and delegates to self-scan their badges on entry to an event, and at key check points such as entry to seminars. The ASPod has been designed to help remove human contact and thus reduce the risk of Covid transmission.

Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer, RefTech said it was an important move in accordance with how people feel about their personal safety. He said: “As exhibitions and larger events return in 2021, organisers will be looking to harness technology to create a safer environment and to build trust with their audiences. The ASPod will remove some of the peripheral human interaction traditionally associated with events, and focus the interaction on the exhibitors, and therefore go some way to helping the delegates and visitors to feel more Covid-secure as they enter and move around an event.”

He added: “We all know how critical it is to collect visitor data and this is an effective way to ensure that data is collected with the minimum of human contact. Much of the confidence we need to build to bring people back to events will come from us embracing new and safer ways of interacting.”

The ASPod allows visitors to be incentivised to scan badges – ie ‘Scan your badge and get a copy of the slides sent to your email address / made available on the event app etc.’ with the organiser able to manage and co-ordinate all of this in the system.

The ASPod can also be used by exhibitors to collect data and is part of EventReference, RefTech’s powerful event management system and event app.