The Visitor Center showcases the World Bank Group’s efforts to end poverty and boost shared prosperity for the world’s poorest people. Visitors are given mobile devices to borrow for the duration of their time at the Visitor’s Center. These mobile devices are embedded with RFID tags which are tracked via our software, so visitors do not unintentionally or intentionally leave with them.

With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries. Loss prevention has been a staple of the RFID industry for decades, notably at retail stores such as Target and Wal-Mart, however loss prevention technology is well suited for a myriad of applications and locations.

The platform runs entirely on a Ruby framework with small form factor Raspberry Pi computers. We also built a custom visitor prompt that alerts visitors to return borrowed mobile devices to the front desk upon departure from the Visitor’s Center. This system can effectively determine what is in someone’s hands and will ring an appropriate response. The RFID tracking and software system has been a cost saver for the World Bank Group Visitor’s Center and has improved its loss prevention security protocols.