Precise wait time and visitor flow information are crucial, in order to provide a first-class customer experience, improve capacity planning and increase revenue.
Today many amusement parks base their wait times on judgement of each attraction´s team members, their feel for the location of the queues, and perceived current throughput of the ride. This information is often both inaccurate and inconsistent, which leads to dissatisfied guests. In addition, unpredictable events, such as downtimes and variable load ratios between regular and express lanes increase the difficulty of manually maintaining queue times.
In recent years, more and more amusement parks have turned to an automated queue management technology that works by detecting Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signal of guest’s mobile devices. The technology is able to accurately measure and predict wait times, while simultaneously provide managers with data about how visitors move and use the park.
Queues lines are the pet peeve of visitors. The time spent waiting invariably comes at the top of the list of customer complaints. Queue management technologies, such as the BlipTrack solution, enable amusements parks to put lines in perspective. With real-time wait times at on screens at ride entrances and via mobile applications, the solution eliminates guesswork about how long the process will take. It reduces frustration and enables guests to maximize their time in the park by choosing alternative rides with shorter queues.
The data can also provide early warning if rides become congested. It allows managers to take proactive actions, such as opening additional lines or give suggestions on messaging boards and apps about rides with shorter wait times. The distribution of guests ultimately helps reduce bottlenecks and significantly increases the opportunity for a positive visitor experience, with more satisfied and recurring visitors as a result.
In addition, people standing in line are not spending money. A reduction of overall waiting times will therefore automatically increase revenues in retail areas and food courts.
To understand and improve individual areas of operations, it is important that the visitor’s journey is seen as a single process, rather than as a string of isolated events. The understanding that all individual events influence each other is key to unlocking potential gains. The collected data enable managers to review the flow of visitors to retrieve information about specific patterns, such as entrance and exit usage, re-visits, and time spent in retail areas, food courts, rides, restrooms and more. With this information, amusements parks are able to improve business development analytics, such as park capacity planning. It also enables the parks to add the value of existing facilities and/or new investments, optimize operations, and improve the visitor flow.
Considering that the smartphone penetration nears 80% of western world mobile market, data collection from mobile devices provides hard numbers of a significant percentage of visitors. Consequentially, the method provides amusement parks with the full picture of visitor experiences —from the moment they arrive at exciting, and everywhere in between.
The technology works by placing sensors at strategic points in the park and at amusement ride lines. The sensors detect anonymous device ID´s from mobile devices, such as mobile phones. By re-identifying device ID´s from multiple sensors, the wait times and movement patterns become available. The sensors are able to work 24/7, in all weather conditions and require no maintenance once mounted. The solution is passive, non-intrusive and does not require any interaction from guests.
BlipTrack delivers reporting capabilities to managers with live and historical information in a web-based, intuitive user interface with graphs and dashboard views. The platform enables data extraction in any combination, allowing quick and efficient integration with existing management systems.
The solution is successfully implemented in major amusement parks in Denmark and the UK.
About BLIP Systems:
BlipTrack, which has been developed by BLIP Systems, is a privately-held information technology company with headquarters Aalborg, Denmark. The company is a leading provider of data analytic tools to transform traveler flow into value, and creating easy-to-interpret decision-making tools of end-users. The solution is successfully employed in optimization efforts in more than 30 international airports, including Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, JFK Airport in New York and El-Prat Airport in Barcelona. The solution is also implemented in road traffic in Switzerland, New Zealand, USA, UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Canada and Ireland. In recent years, the solution has also been rolled out in ports in Denmark and UK, train stations in the UK and Holland, ski resorts in the USA and at events all over the world.
Christian Bugislaus Carstens
+45 51 16 85 86
BLIP Systems A/S – Haekken 2 – DK-9310 Vodskov
+45 98 25 82 00 – www.blipsystems.com