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Stadium-based ECash – Implementation Options & Myths

Electronic cash or ECash in the form of a stored value on a card has been discussed in professional sports for many years. The benefits of faster service without cash handling have always been the obvious attractions. However, it remains a ‘slow-burn’ issue in the sector, primarily due to the confusion over how it can be implemented and several myths about the security requirements. In this paper we examine the background to the technology, the difference between ECash in a…

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Card Media: Smart Vs. Barcode

It may be highly controversial for the company who first put smart cards into football in 2000, to deliver their third generation product using barcoded cards rather than RFID smart cards. Could it be that smart cards aren’t that smart after all; in this paper we outline the case for this pragmatic change of strategy. Why smart cards came about in sport: Initially smart cards were selected for this sector because most IT systems were off-line and what was needed…

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Loyalty Points Vs. Discounting

In this paper, the case for the economic benefits of using a loyalty scheme as opposed to a discount incentive is examined. In terms of loyalty to a brand, sports organisations have an unassailable advantage over other commercial entities, such as supermarkets, for the simple reason that a sports brand delivers an emotive relationship, where a supermarket simply retains a commercial one. However, maintaining commercial loyalty internally at a sports club is still a challenge as the off- pitch attraction…

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Scotcomms Goes Platinum

Without any fanfare or celebrations, the clock simply ticked over to find the Scotcomms Technology Group is now 20 years strong. This past August marked two decades of success, expansion and change for STG. The company has enjoyed such significant change and so many milestones, this one seems to have passed with almost no notice at all. The fact remains, however, twenty years on and Scotcomms Technology Group is thriving and still continues to grow. When we finally got around…

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Some things change, some things remain the same

Welcome to the new Scotcomms website. With an aim at delivering a more concise and informative window into who we are and what we do, Scotcomms has revamped and redesigned our corporate website.  We wanted to put greater emphasis on our key systems and services and to better demonstrate why we have always been, and continue to be, a leader in the industry. Our products, expertise, unique selling points and dedicated team of experts are why Scotcomms has grown, and…

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Scotcomms is NFC Enabled – Are you?

Near Field Communications (NFC) is an exciting new technology set to change the face of business and open up a world of possibilities across multiple sectors. As always, when there’s an advance in technology, Scotcomms can be found leading the way. NFC uses the same communications technology as that of contactless smart cards, a specific area in which Scotcomms has a wealth of experience and demonstrated expertise. This means that smart cards can be replaced with, or supplemented by, a…

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Hull City AFC

Scotcomms has deployed its first unmanned access management control system at KC Stadium in Hull.The deployment is part of an ongoing project which includes the provision of membership and loyalty services to Hull City.

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