Dialog Semiconductor plc, a provider of battery and power management, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth LE) and computing solutions, has partnered with Carnival Corp to integrate Dialog’s Wireless Ranging (WiRa™) technology into Carnival’s OceanMedallion™ wearable devices.
Originally unveiled in 2017, the Medallion™ device connects passengers on Princess MedallionClass cruise ships into its Experience Internet of Things (xIoT™) intelligent, shipboard ecosystem to enhance crew-passenger interactions with personalised passenger services.
This solution enables touchless embarkation and disembarkation, frictionless commerce, and keyless stateroom entry, as well as service on demand; dynamic way-finding; family and friends locator; first-run movies on the go; an interactive events and activities planner; and interactive fun.
Given new requirements and regulations involving COVID-19, Princess is utilising Dialog’s WiRa technology to enable higher accuracy ranging between Medallions when compared with RSSI (Receive Signal Strength Indication) based technology, thereby improving the company’s ability to protect passengers from exposure to infection.
In addition to Dialog’s DA1469x Bluetooth LE SoC, Carnival also selected Dialog’s AT25FF series SPI NOR Flash and SLG46108V GreenPAK technology. The AT25FF offers an hibernation mode, consuming less than 7nA for extended Medallion battery life.
Dialog’s SLG46108V, GreenPAK technology maximises the Bluetooth LE SoC’s sleep time, further increasing battery life, while also reducing the PCB area needed.
“These technologies including WiRa™, which I am particularly proud to deliver, significantly outperform competing solutions in challenging environments, such as cruise ships or safety and asset tracking type applications,” said Sean McGrath, Dialog Semiconductor’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Connectivity and Audio Business Group.
“With this winning Dialog combo solution of Flash, GreenPAK, and Bluetooth low energy in the Medallion, Princess delivers a game-changing, personalised experience as passengers get back to cruising.”
“The OCEAN Platform powering the Princess MedallionClass Experience and further advancing its market leadership with unmatched customer service innovations. The OceanMedallion was initially developed to enrich guest-crew interactions and democratise elite travel experiences,” said John Padgett, Carnival Corps’ Chief Experience and Innovation Officer.
“Partnering with Dialog further enhances the performance of these wearable devices as we expand the OCEAN Platform to power all aspects of the guest experience, service operations, security, health and safety processes.”