The technology behind High-Five?
High-Five, the solution from Aptus that is committed to sustainable school travel uses smart technology. But what is that exactly? Also, is it really that important, technology?
Our goal with High-Five is simple. As many children as possible sustainable pedaling and walking to school. The more sustainable kilometers the better we like it. It ensures that there are fewer cars around the school gate. It ensures healthier school environments, more moving children. In short: all positive changes. But how do we "know" all that? So how do we encourage that "behaviour"? That's where our magic cocktail of technology and gamification techniques come in. Let us explain this briefly.
To measure is to know
High-Five works around the step and kick principle. No doubt you're familiar with the word "strapping" or "strap day". We want to bring about some kind of behavioural change. Important in this is that we first know how the "behaviour" goes, in order to change this behaviour via game techniques. How do we measure that? We use our High-Five module and our High-Five bike counter.
The High-Five modules
The High-Five module is a piece of technology that is placed in the streets on locations where children pass by. The modules register passing children who themselves high-five the module with their bracelet. The child's wristband contains an NFC chip which contains a unique number (think of it as the number of a barcode). There is no battery in it by the way. The moment the child "taps" against the pole, the module sends out a small amount of energy which causes the band to say: "Hey module, I am number 1234". Nothing more! So there is no hidden tracking system in the bracelet by which we know where the children are. No, the child decides to tap and then the High-Five system knows where and when the child has given a five.
What do they get in return? Coins. The core and the power of the system. We're going to collect those tokens in a digital way. Later on, those can be exchanged for rewards, they can count towards class competitions and so on. (This is for a future blog 😉 )
What else should you know about the module?
- They work on solar energy. Sustainable energy, we like that!
- They use NFC technology. Based on "contact" so. No automatic registration
- It has an LED and beeper. So you can see and hear that your high-five has been registered.
- The modules are connected to the internet. We send the registration immediately so that the kids have their tokens immediately.
- The modules can be attached to a lighting pole, a traffic sign, ... No other public works needed
The High-Five bike counter
Of course we don't want children who come by bike to have to High-Five as well. Therefore we have developed our bicycle counter. It allows bikes to be registered the moment they enter the school/bicycle shed. How does it work? Well, we use RFID technology. This is similar to the NFC from the module, but RFID works over a longer distance.
The children's bike gets an RFID tag and "wakes up" the moment it gets close enough to the bike counter. That is about 5 meters. At that moment the tag also sends its unique number to the counter and the registration is complete. Super easy. Completely automatic by just riding in. Nice anyway!
What else do you need to know about the bike counter?
- The only thing our bike counter needs is electricity. So a power point
- The reader works over a distance of 5 meters.
- The reader turns green when there is a registration
- Like the module, the counter is connected to the Internet. The registrations are thus immediately sent and translated into tokens.
So is it all about the technology?
Absolutely not! Technology is a tool. Not a goal. We use technology to create "insights". High-Five is about much more. We're going to start a "movement" to make kids aware of their sustainable travel, and provide incentives and rewards in a variety of ways when they do so effectively. So what is the power?
- The relief of the teachers/directors
- The current campaigns
- Overarching community management
- The continuous adjustment
- The liveliness in time
High-Five with us and work together for a sustainable world 🌎