RFID Takes Isle of Wight Festival Cashless

music-festival-rfid-wristband-rfid-blogNearly a fifth of visitors used Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wristbands to make cashless payments at theIsle of Wightfestival from 21-24 June. More than 10,000 out of the 55,000 guests were able to make cashless transactions for food and drink throughout site, for the first time, thanks to RFID wristbands.

Prior to the festival, general ticket holders were given the chance to upgrade their standard wristband to an RFID one, which when activated, was linked to their debit or credit card. The wristbands allow contactless payments using radio technology, by waving the band over a reader.

”The transactions are faster than paying by cash or traditional chip and pin.” said Andy Gratton, one of the Isle of Wight Festival’s food traders. “People now have their ticket entry, festival ID and their wallet all in their wristband, it’s really convenient and I can see it becoming more and more popular,” he added.

Steve Daly, operations director at ID&C, the wristbands provider, said: “There are a number of festivals throughout the UK, Europe and US adopting the technology, and they’re all using entry wristbands as the intermediary. It’s a convenient way for fans to reap the benefits of the technology and enhance their festival experience.”