Radio-frequency Identification

Information on the new RFID upgrade.



What are Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) Tags?
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag. Similar to the decal system used in years past, the new windshield RFID tags will be assigned to members as a form of membership identification -- but with a twist! Unlike the old decals, the new RFID tags will interact with the mounted reader at both gates. Simply, as your vehicle approaches the gate your RFID tag lifts the barrier arm.

When can I obtain an RFID tag?
Members unable to obtain an RFID tag during regular office hours now have an additional way to register their vehicle. This process is detailed below:

[1] A scanned copy of a member's state vehicle registration may be sent by email to with the make and color of the vehicle typed into the body of the email. Company vehicles will need to adhere to the Redbook rule section B. 1. (b) ii. detailing the company vehicle registration process.

[2] The vehicle information and RFID tag will be programmed into the system and be available for instillation at the main Gate when the member arrives.

[3] Inform Security of your name and lot number and they will assist with application of the tag. The RFID tag will work immediately at both gates.

Will both gates use the RFID system?
Readers will be installed at the main Gate and Southwest Access (back gate). Currently, the back gate has a system in place for member access through the use of proximity cards (commonly referred to as back gate keys). The conversion process from proximity cards to RFID tags require upgrades to the hardware at the back gate. As a result, RFID tags will not communicate with the back gate until this process is completed. Members with back gate keys will need to retain them until this conversion process has been completed. Once the back gate system has been converted, your RFID will allow access in and out of the Development to all members at both gates.

Advanced notification will be given on the conversion date. This date will be published in the Sunbeam, on the Lake Wildwood website, Facebook page, front gate bulletin boards, and at the back gate. After this date, back gate cards will no longer be activated and access through the back gate will only be granted to members with valid RFID tags.

What are the Member Access Lane Restrictions?
At this time, the member access lane is restricted to members in good standing with a valid RFID tag. Towing of vehicles or equipment as well as large recreational vehicles may not use the member access lane, but instead should enter the Development through the guest access lane.

What should I do with my current back gate key?
As stated above, please retain your key until the back gate has been fully converted to the RFID system. Once your RFID tag is working, and the back gate has been converted, please return your back gate keys to the main Gate or Association Office.

What will the tags cost?
Every lot that receives a bill for annual dues is eligible to receive two (2) free RFID tags for use on vehicles registered to a member and their spouse or partner as recognized by law. Additional or replacement member RFID tags will cost $10 each. On March 2nd, members who have not paid their dues or members who are otherwise declared to be not in good standing will have their RFID tags deactivated.

Will I be required to obtain a new RFID tag each year?
No, this system will no longer require an annual issuance of decals.

Will Associate Members be issued an RFID tag?
Yes, provided all eligibility requirements are met, the proper paperwork is returned to the Association Office, and the Associate Membership is approved. A copy of the Associate member's license and vehicle registration (showing the same principle address as the member) is required.

How will this impact the current ‘pocket decal’ process?
The pocket decal process has been shut down and we no longer issue any type of hand-held passes for RFID tags.