|Traded as||LSE: ACSO|
|Industry||Amusement park virtual queue systems|
|Predecessor(s)||The Tellurian Devices Company|
|Key people||Tom Burnet (CEO) John Alder (CFO), Steve Brown (COO)|
|Products||Q-bot, Q-txt, Q-band, Q-smart|
|Revenue||£29.1 million (2012)|
|Profit||£3.2 million (2012)|
|Total equity||£7.5 million (2011)|
|Subsidiaries||Located in Canada and U.S.A.|
accesso (formerly Lo-Q) is a publicly listed technology company based in Berkshire, England. The company designs and integrates ticketing and virtual queue systems in amusement parks, water parks and other attractions.
The concept of virtual queuing for amusement rides dates back to several World's fairs in the 20th century where time tickets were printed for attractions. In the 1990s, Leonard Sim realised the need for a similar system for amusement parks. In 1998, the first system was developed and prototyped at Thorpe Park. In August 2000, Lo-Q was formed. The company has since developed products such as the Q-bot, Q-txt, Q-band and Q-smart which operate at various locations across the world.
On 5 December 2012, Lo-Q announced its acquisition of leading US ticketing and e-Commerce company, accesso, for £13.7 million. In November 2013, Lo-Q repositioned their overall brand as accesso to reflect the company's operations. The company now operates with two divisions: accesso LoQueue and accesso Passport.
The LoQueue division's primary industry is in virtual queue devices for amusement parks, water parks and attractions. Their products include the Q-bot, Q-band and Q-smart. Several patents have been registered for their concepts.
The Q-bot is the division's most widely sold product. It is a handheld device which park guests can rent for the day. On the device, users can select an amusement ride they wish to queue for and the device will add them to a virtual queue. The Q-bot device will notify users once their virtual queue time has elapsed through vibration and beeping. In 2011, the Q-band was introduced for use at water parks. The device, which is similar in size and shape to a watch, functions similarly to the Q-bot. The Q-smart requires users to have a smartphone which they can use to join virtual queues in a similar method to the Q-bot. It replaced the Q-txt product which allowed any mobile phone to register a spot in virtual queues.
accesso Passport is the company's e-commerce and ticketing division. Ticketing products have been purchased by a variety of chains around the world including Cedar Fair, Six Flags, and Palace Entertainment.
In 2008, accesso's Shopland ticketing solution won the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) award for Best New Product in the Revenue and Admission Control category.
In 2011, the company, operating as Lo-Q, won the Queen's Award for International Trade as a result of the company doubling their exports and increasing their international sales by 120% over the course of 3 years.
In November 2012, the IAAPA Brass Ring Award was presented to the company for its Q-band.
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