RFID Possible Major Issue

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by TheRustyScupper, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. wmson2000

    wmson2000 Mickey loves me (and my wallet)

    Mar 14, 2005
    Even without the pin code solution, with RFID technology (or NFC) it seems like if the wearer of the wristband stepped too far from the POS terminal, it would beep, or flash a warning onscreen, or lockout additional purchases?
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  3. bltman

    bltman Earning My Ears

    Jan 3, 2013
    Great Wolf Lodge (at least the one in Niagara Falls) requires you to sign the receipt after they scan your bracelet to make a purchase. I found this to be a clumsy implementation but it does reduce the posibility of getting charged for something you didn't buy.
  4. doconeill

    doconeill Fastpass Jedi Master DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Feb 11, 2007
    The range is quite limited, really. Near contact is required. I don't think you want to stand there with your wrist against the sensor for the whole transaction. :)

    But Like I've said. It should end with that transaction. There is NO REASON why it should carry over. If you suddenly say, "Oh, give me that thing right there too...", well, just scan again.

    To do otherwise is just asking for the exact problem they are seeing.

    That's generally true for RFID and even old-fashioned credit card purchases...except credit card issuers allow vendors a certain degree of latitude to not require it.
  5. loveshak22

    loveshak22 DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2006
    Thanks for the heads-up!

    I'm sorry if I'm not as informed as I should be but I've tried to do some research on the RFID bands and it seems like it won't be up and running at WDW until the Spring - is that correct?

    We'll be there at the end of January and would love to try them out.
  6. 11290

    11290 DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2007
    Some things will be phasing from now until early 2014.
  7. EeyoreFan1

    EeyoreFan1 <font color=deeppink> You make me smile so much my

    Jan 29, 2006
    I can almost guarantee that you will not get to use the bands just yet. Sorry! Soon enough! :goodvibes

    Also, I was just briefed on some of the issues that Rusty talked about. I spent several hours with one of the designers who came and talked to us about the Clear Folio and everything like that. Disney is very aware of the problem and has been working to fix it ASAP from what I have heard!
  8. loveshak22

    loveshak22 DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2006
    Well too bad but thanks for the info! I was hoping they'd have the RFID system in place and somehow have some magic rapid construction done so that the seven dwarfs ride would be open early for us in late January too :rotfl:
  9. Lewisc

    Lewisc <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/index.

    May 23, 2000
    It's not up to the customer to tell the cashier how to do his job. Most customers won't know about the Clear Folio requirement. Many of the few who do won't remember to mention it.

    Hitting total should automatically also clear folio. Disney will be spending a lot of $$$ responding to credit card charge back if this isn't fixed. Disney may wind up spending a lot of $$$ having to back track and issue refunds to customers who don't even ask after the issue is made public.

    Absolutely no way the system will go live until this is corrected.
  10. Frontier Girl

    Frontier Girl Basically Magical

    Apr 29, 2011
    But you know as customers with prior knowledge, we always do, and the veteran cashiers know this too.. like when a guest is having trouble getting their discount to go through and the CM tells them the code number so that they can tell the next brand new CP or out-for-the-past-6 months CM what the code is without calling for help.

    I just did the same thing with Starbucks baristas who couldn't figure out the new free refill mug! It's code 775 but I think everyone knows this by now! :)

    That POS system always rolls out with bizarre out-of-place processes, this close folio thing doesn't surprise me.
  11. Bee2u

    Bee2u ImJustBeeNme

    Feb 18, 2007
    Yes, twice my purchases were more than $50 and I never had to use my PIN.
  12. M5ward

    M5ward When You Wish Upon A Star...

    Feb 16, 2009
    Agree! I don't think I will attach a credit card to the room key anymore. There was a chip scanner group working at a mall in Philly not too long ago. I carry all my cards (RFID and other) in a (supposedly) protective card case. It also helps protect magnetic strips...or so I like to think. We usually always use cash or gift cards anyway.
  13. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Life begins at the edge of your Comfort Zone.

    Aug 8, 2000
    . . . it is purposely set up not to clear the folio (room bill is the "folio")
    . . . this way, the total can be added to the other room charges
    . . . the guest can then see all charges, including the new one
    . . . that is why "TOTAL" keys sare not meant to clear the folio

    . . . this is true
    . . . but only for purchases over $50
    . . . this was the ointent and written policy all along
    . . . otherwise, wave the chip, grab the bag, and off you go
    . . . no pin code or signature required
  14. doconeill

    doconeill Fastpass Jedi Master DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Feb 11, 2007

    No, the report was that they were requiring a PIN on ALL purchases now. Unless it changed back again.
  15. DVC4FUN

    DVC4FUN Mouseketeer

    Jan 1, 2013
    I no longer put a cc attached either. When I first started going to wdw I did but then a few years ago after 2 trips in a row where I found a lot of charges that were not mine on my bill at check out that was it. No way will I have a cc on my room account again. Not to mention as others have said it is way too easy to loose the room key and its not like if I use the room key for payment they do not ask to see my id proving I am the holder of the card. I actually think from now on I will purchase disney gift cards for my disney trips. Especially since I can get them at a discount at BJs and other places.
  16. seashoreCM

    seashoreCM All around nice guy.

    Aug 25, 2001
    If the credit card issuer gives vendors a certain degree of latitude then the issuer takes the loss if the customer disputes the charge. If the vendor simply takes such latitude then the vendor takes the loss if the customer disputes the charge.

    Long long time ago (before self service was invented), there was a scam at gas stations where the attendant occasionally failed to push the "clear folio" button (caption/label was different) on the pump and ran up the previous driver's credit card charge and also collected and pocketed cash from that succeeding driver.
  17. ccgates

    ccgates Earning My Ears

    Jan 19, 2007
    I can verify this is correct as of right now. We got in last Thursday for marathon weekend and were told it was only for purchases over $50, but were actually forced to for everything charged to the room.
  18. lockedoutlogic

    lockedoutlogic DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2007
    I have to throw my two on this because of my experience doing billing at WDW...

    The scupper is right that this could be a HUGE issue...and no, i have no faith in any easy fixes at WDW - at least not internally.

    The "cast" make tens if not hundreds of thousand charge errors there a year. it is and has always been a major problem since they went to the resort charge system. And rectifying disputes is time consuming, inconvenient, and they have never devoted enough staffing, training time, or (frankly) concern to quality control when it comes to dealing with electronic charging/money.

    Its a little dirty secret.

    Now, I am 10 years past my "prime" when it comes to these things...so i can only hope that they have newer, better, more efficient ways of dealing with these things.

    But just to give you a bit of techno history:
    the resort system was DOS based until 2004 - i believe. DOS base systems were essentially eliminated on the front lines around 1995.
    The resort reader system - Vingvision 2 - had been in practice for 5 years in major hotel chains before WDW adopted it. They have at least recently gone to the touch pads - but those are pretty simple devices these days.
    The "windows" system that they use now...is probably very similar to the somewhat rudimentary one they implemented back in the last decade.

    And remember - since almost all transactions are electronic now - there is no way or need to balance the registers - by and large - so mistakes go largely undetected at first and then are only noticed later and cause the need for more attention, fact gathering, credit adjustment later. That is not a staffing priority.

    Think of one place on Earth where you can say that they care less about who you are when you charge and do it at such volume...all the while doing it in massively crowded areas surrounded by people from 200 different countries.
    You probably won't find one. Credit fraud/ error is rampant - intentional and unintentional.

    And don't forget training had gone (under my direct experience) from what was almost "months" to "a few days" in a very short amount of time. Hiring standards - due to lack of qualified, willing, or skilled candidates - fell with the training levels proportionally.

    So could this be a huge problem - even if its counter intuitive?

    You bet your rat's....

    well...you get it.

    The original poster doesn't tend to post these things lightly - i would give the benefit of the doubt that this has been thought out and is valid.

    And some of the more experienced posters who offered the "quick fix" and "they'll figure it out"....who are you thinking of, exactly?

    WDW is a large property - it has NEVER been a technologically competent property since perhaps EPCOT went on line. Everything put into place takes more time, costs a fortune, and often is poorly maintained or the victim of massive operator error.

    Fast pass - worked - but it took forever to tweak
    Dining system - worked - but they took forever to put it into e-form - and they bagged it in its best form (priority seating)
    gps bus routing still doesn't work right - and its been 15 years in the making.

    heck, now that i think about it - how long AFTER you could book a room online at marriot or holiday inn did it take for you to be able to get one at WDW?
    5? 10 years?

    Their own PRIVATE timeshare club has had that ability for a big fat 1-2 years...that's pretty pathetic.

    My point is that don't assume that since this thing cost a fortune and certainly LOOKS cool ( i for one would volunteer to test it with any of its features wired to my swiss bank account (more like Canadian) at any moment - because this could ultimately lead to less staffing requirements that will allow more expansion/ offerings to the clientele) - doesn't mean that it wont have big flaws and problems that could take years to hash out.

    And a final note on the "the employees will be reprimanded or fired if they screw up" sentiment...
    That WDW is LONG gone...it was gone 20 years+ ago. The eisner expansion of the property never took into account how hard it would be to maintain a huge work force and keep the competent ones happy...it never assumed massive health care skyrockets - it never assumed that it would have to increase wages to keep quality people - so they abandoned that long ago.
    WDW staff is just a staff - it is not "elite" by any stretch.

    They could build an elite, comparatively low cost staff with the glut of young kids coming out of school with no professional job prospects these days - but they've yet to see how it could be done.

    Until then, trust all warning about potential problems in the system - they aren't just random musings.
  19. doconeill

    doconeill Fastpass Jedi Master DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Feb 11, 2007
    I understand all about legacy systems...until recently I had to keep a Windows 95 box running to run our door key entry system, because it couldn't be replaced without replacing all the readers, controllers, etc. It had been running (not continuously, mind you) for 15 years. And my dad brought me in to try and resurrect a computer that monitored one of the machines in a pulmonary function testing lab. It was a PS/2 running OS/2 - long after the PS/2 and it's MCA bus architecture died. But it couldn't be replaced without replacing the very expensive equipment as well.

    Because no one writes drivers to support old hardware any more. They force you to upgrade everything.

    And I'm not really questioning what Rusty says...I have long trusted his posts.

    What I'm having a problem understanding is why this particular problem even exists.

    I'm an IT guy with some experience in retail. I'm not familiar with any current Point-of-Sale design that keeps a "folio" open after the charge is made and authorized. And I don't see why it is desirable to do otherwise. Want to add something after the charge goes through? It's just another transaction.

    The POS register should forget everything about the charge info once the transaction is authorized. And even if it didn't, when the next guest presents their band/card/whatever, it should use THAT for the current transaction.

    If this is a common practice in retail it is idiotic and the retailers should be called out on it.
  20. lockedoutlogic

    lockedoutlogic DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2007
    I'm not sure all retailers do this...in fact - maybe none of them do...

    But that doesn't mean that WDW wouldn't either by design or complete bonehead oversight

    As Mr. Spock says "All things being equal, I would tend to agree...however, things are NOT equal"
  21. MorganK

    MorganK Earning My Ears

    Dec 30, 2009
    In regards to the PIN system...we were there this month and never asked to create a PIN. We made multiple purchases on our KTTW, some over $50. The only time we were asked to put a PIN in was at the Poly when we bought a Dole Whip, so just a few bucks no where close to $50! I told the CM we didn't have a PIN and she pushed the transaction through somehow.

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