Passengers cruising the ocean in luxury on one of Royal Caribbean’s ships soon are expected to be sporting custom IoT wristbands for around-the-ship activities. Rather than selecting an off-the-shelf, connected wearable, Royal Caribbean decided to develop a purpose-built variation of its own. Royal Caribbean’s customized wearable is expected to be deployed across its 24-ship fleet, which includes four of the world’s largest passenger vessels. Cruise ships operated by the company are projected to carry 3 million passengers in 2021, according to Cruise Market Watch, accounting for a 19% share of cruise traffic globally. The connected wristband, developed by Royal Caribbean with Tracesafe, an IoT platform company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, can provide a range of functions for passengers. In addition to contact tracing for COVID, the smart wearable can serve as a room key, a wireless payment method, a depository of personal medical records, a location analytics tool and an instant messaging device so cruise operators can send mass communications to all passengers.
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