“At the beach of the future, high tide will meet high tech. Visitors will wear wristbands that automatically debit their bank
accounts or credit cards to pay for beach access, food and parking.
Garbage cans will e-mail cleanup crews when they’re ready to be emptied.
And people won’t even think about trying to sneak in: Beach checkers
could scan the sands with handheld devices and instantly know who
didn’t pay. This southern New Jersey city plans to deliver a variety of public
services and Internet access using radio-frequency identification chips
and Wi-Fi wireless technology. The $3 million project is expected to be
finished by next summer.”
Currently, Ocean City bills itself as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” By 2008, Ocean City may need to amend that to “America’s Greatest High-Tech Family Resort.”
[image: Ocean City Shoreline by GoGrrlGo on Flickr]