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  • Editing Team 16:17 on December 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Festival Uses RFID Wristband 

    Organizers of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a three-day music festival held in the twin cities of Bristol, Va., and Bristol, Tenn., has decided to use a new RFID-based ticketing and access-control solution. The solution includes RFID-enabled wristbands, which contain NXP Semiconductors Mifare chips compliant with the ISO 14443 standard, handheld and fixed HF RFID readers, as well as hosted software for managing access control and ticketing data.

    To attend the festival, visitors will have to go to the Bristol Rhythm website and pay $40 for a weekend pass to the festival. The wristband will then be shipped to the customer. When the RFID wristband arrives, the user goes online and registers it by entering the ID number printed on it (which is the same ID encoded to the RFID tag), and then enters his name and any other identifying information.

    When a visitor arrives at the event, he or she can tap the wristband near a fixed reader in order to be granted admission. The process is the same for vendors, employees, members of the press or performers; however, they must also enter information regarding their role at the event before being granted specific access.

    By combining access-control and ticketing functions on a single system, the solution can save money for festivals that otherwise would have to pay for several separate solutions. Since visitors need not stop and present a ticket to a staff member, they can pass through the entrance 3 to 4 times faster than those using paper tickets, thereby providing greater customer satisfaction.

     
  • Editing Team 16:50 on October 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Are RFID Wristbands an Ideal Tool for Festivals Compared to NFC Smartphones? 

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    Modern festivals and events are featured by RFID wristbands which simplify the way you pay for drinks and share the experience on social networks.

    Most RFID wristbands contain short-range — typically 3-5cm — passive tags which require no batteries. They are powered when placed near or “tapped” against an RFID reader. When a reader detects an RFID wristband, it activates the magnetic field created by a coiled antenna within the tag which then uses this kinetic energy to power up and send data stored within the tags’ memory back to the reader.

    The tags in RFID wristbands can either be written with data directly on the chip itself, or they can be used as an access key to a secure database of personal data.

    More than 40 festivals around the world have used RFID wristband technology to offer fast-track entry, cashless payments and interaction with social media — after buying a ticket online, you can choose to link your RFID wristband to your Facebook or Twitter account, enabling you to post, tweet, share, and like all your favorite parts of the festival.

    In the UK, wristbands were used at some festivals last summer including the Isle of Wight Festival. An estimated 3.5 million festival-goers around the world have now used them.

    Although NFC smartphones can be a substitution, the problem with them is that not everyone has one. This alienates ticket-holders and brings contactless participation down from an achievable 100% if you issue every attendee with an RFID wristband.

    Another problem is that phones run on batteries and, unlike RFID wristbands, could run out at some point during a multi-day festival. With limited ways to re-charge your phone in a field, you may not use your e-wallet, e-ticket and social media on the phone.

    But it’s not true to say that there’s no place for NFC at festivals. The Samsung Galaxy S4, for example, has been used as an RFID reading device and it is a perfect handheld scanner for smaller events.

    With statistics showing that RFID wristbands have already made 3 million Facebook likes and a billion cashless transactions, it won’t be long until they’re everywhere.

     
  • Editing Team 12:23 on August 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Danmark Music Festival Use NFC Wristband for Payments 

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    Smukfest music festival in Skanderborg, Denmark, has allowed visitors to use NFC wristband to pay for goods. 300 traders were able to accept contactless payments using Panasonic’s NFC-enabled Toughpad tablets.

    50,000 festival goers were able to load credit onto their wristband at one of the festival’s cashless stations or via an accompanying smartphone app.

    “When your favorite band is playing and you become thirsty, there is nothing worse than a long queue where the credit card machine does not work because of network interruptions,” says Panasonic’s Kim Holst Hansen. “Because our tablets also work offline it avoids this problem.”

     
  • Editing Team 13:24 on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Tennessee Music Festival Deploys RFID Wristbands for Better Customer Experience 

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    RFID technology was deployed at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. About 80,000 visitors used RFID wristbands to gain access to the event, share “likes” and pictures of themselves on Facebook, post tweets on Twitter, and upload music playlists to commercial music-streaming service provider Spotify.

    Upon buying tickets for the festival, individuals signed in online and made their purchase according to their plans, such as camping or accessing the backstage area. Wristbands containing the appropriate access were then mailed to each ticket buyer. Once the wristband arrived, the recipient logged onto the Bonnaroo site and entered a 16-digit user ID number, printed on the wristband, to link that number with his or her registration information. Users could then choose to simply employ the wristband for entrance and exit only, or opt to add the social-networking functions.

    After arriving onsite, festival-goers could use the wristband to access the concert area and campgrounds, based on the type of ticket purchased. At the main gates, visitors simply tapped their wristband near the reader and then continued walking. This could limit the size of queues at the concert area or campground.

    Inside the concert area were 22 Intellitix’s Live Click stations that served a variety of purposes. At some stations, visitors could snap pictures of themselves, tap their wristbands against a reader and post the photographs on their Facebook pages. At other stations, they could share a music playlist on Spotify with their social-network contacts, send a Tweet or indicate they “liked” a particular program.

    In 2012, festival-goers made 250,000 “Live Clicks” (or reads) at one of the Live Click stations, and posted 20,000 photos. It’s unclear whether this year’s visitors matched or exceeded that usage, as Bonnaroo’s organizers did not respond to a request for details regarding the 2013 event.

     
  • Editing Team 10:17 on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Australian Music Festival Ditches Paper Wristbands for RFID Microchips 

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    Last week, Splendour In The Grass announced that they’ll be ditching the standard paper festival wristband this year and opt for RFID wireless identification microchips.

    With these chips, customers can easily access to the festival and also connect to social media, enabling festivalgoers to check in and update their Facebook accounts if they choose to opt in.

    Music streaming service Deezer will also be giving each RFID user the opportunity to relive their Splendour experience by emailing customized playlists based around the artists they saw each day, based on the stages they checked in to.

    If the RFID chipping is successful, we’re set to see a totally new way of wristbanding for Aussie festivals.

     
  • Editing Team 12:04 on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Identive’s Cashless Payment System Finds New Market 

    Identive-cashless-payment-system-NFC-RFID-blogIdentive Group, Inc., a provider of products and services for the identification, security and RFID industries, has successfully launched tomPAY contactless payment technology at large hospitality events during the 2012 London Olympics. On Aug. 20th, it announced that it will expand the use of its cashless payment system for concessions this summer to music festivals in Europe and the Rat Verlegh Stadium in Breda, the Netherlands.

    Rat Verlegh Stadium in Breda is home to the Dutch first league soccer club, NAC Breda. Implementing Identive’s cashless payment solution can speed payment transactions for visitors at the 19,000-capacity venue. Besides Rat Verlegh Stadium, there are other 13 stadiums using Identive’s card-based cashless payment solution, with the first in Holland.

    The cashless payment system includes 60 cash registers and 16 handheld terminals, running on payment solution’s transaction management software. In order to make each transaction as swift and efficient as possible, drinks or snacks can only be purchased using Identive’s contactless cash cards. Visitors can purchase or top up cards with cash value at various stations within the stadium. Payment solution is also providing data hosting and clearing processes for transactions made at the stadium through its own data center in Hamburg, Germany. The new cashless payment system was introduced to soccer fans during NAC Breda’s first home match of the season against FC Twente Enschede on August 18, 2012.

    This summer, three popular music festivals in Europe, including Openair St. Gallen in Switzerland, Gurtenfestival in Switzerland and Slottsfjell in Norway, also adopted this cashless payment system, allowing guests to purchase food, drinks and festival merchandise using colorful wristbands equipped with RFID chips. The wristbands also acted as return access passes, allowing visitors to enjoy the festivals for multiple days without having to wait in long entry lines.

    “Rat Verlegh Stadium decided to replace its coin-based processes with our cashless system in order to improve the overall experience for soccer fans and concert visitors while at the same time increasing concession volume and revenue,” said Sascha Busse of payment solution. “We are pleased to expand our innovative payment system to the Netherlands with our new stadium deployment in Breda, and to gain a foothold in the emerging festival market.”

     
  • Editing Team 15:29 on August 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC/RFID Enhancing Events 

    NFC-bracelet-wristband-events-festivals-mobile-payment-rfid-blogBringing a bulging wallet for cash and credit cards, fishing through pocket for some change, waiting in extremely long lines for beer, or simply lacking the accessibility to check-in or upload to Facebook — all these could destroy an originally pleasant event. Consequently, event organizers have been looking for ways to enhance events and strive to offer attendees with convenience, simplicity and interaction. Now all of these can be simply achieved via the implementation of NFC technology.

    The integration of NFC into mobile devices, wristbands and smart cards allows users to easily make a contactless payment, share content and gain access to social media, which has greatly sparked the interest of event organizers everywhere. A number of events such as sports, entertainment and leisure realms have commenced to use NFC technology as a catalyst.

    Today, a host of event vendors are now accepting contactless payments via NFC stickers affixed to the back of mobile devices or through means of an NFC-enabled wristband. At popular, highly-visited music festivals, ticketholders are now being given the unprecedented option of loading up “cash” on their wrist, which is later deactivated at completion of the festival, with the remaining unused amount reloaded to the owner’s credit/debit card account. All in all, NFC is appearing more frequently in all kinds of events, festivals and theme parks.

    GALA EVENTS

    The opening night Gala at the New York Public Library offered nearly 30,000 different cocktails, created by over 150 different bartenders, which made it difficult for attendees to “like” a particular cocktail on social media.

    In order to solve this problem, guests were issued NFC-enabled bracelets, and then instructed to tap the NFC readers positioned atop each bar. From here, guests had the ability to check-in on Facebook or Twitter accounts, automatically upload pictures at the party’s web-connected photo booths, post a real-time message by merely tapping touch-point on the library walls, and “like” for the cocktails they were consuming.

    Furthermore, smartposters were strategically positioned throughout the event, offering guests the unprecedented opportunity to enter raffles via a simple tap of their NFC-enabled wristband.

    THEME PARKS

    Disney World, one of the most renowned tourist locations in the world, wants to bring guests more happiness. It has unveiled plans to roll out a FastPass system employing RFID technology and iPads to accelerate the ticketing queues.

    Guests will select and receive a list of the FastPass attractions they’ve chosen. They will then be granted an RFID wristband to wave by the specifically-designed-for-FastPass scanners in order to check-in upon arrival to the ride. The wristbands are embedded with RFID chips, which have been rumored to include the names, credit card information and favorite attraction data ahead of your arrivals, allowing for your identity and data to be encrypted directly on it, thus acting as your park ticket.

    According to Disney Projects, when the guests arrive at their reserved time, they will wave their RFID band by a sensor, which sends their reservation information to a nearby cast member’s iPad. The RFID-based system is expected to replace the existing system of distributing paper FastPass tickets with a digital format that lets people bypass long queues and indicates when they can enter a ride or a show.

    Additionally, the RFID capabilities of the wristband would communicate with sensors deployed throughout the parks and resorts, which can then trigger interactive features. Envision yourself walking up to Space Mountain, where you are then greeted by name. One of the interactive places ever may soon become even more interactive.

    MUSIC FESTIVALS

    In a large-scale festival, all kinds of problems could appear — from losing wallets in the mud, trying to locate ATM machines, having trouble exchanging or uploading social media data, tracking people and possessions, etc. Thus, events like Barclays Wireless Festival, Coachella Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo Festival, Electric Zoo, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury Festival have deployed or considered RFID technology. Besides solving all the problems above, using RFID, organizers can expedite fast-track entry, VIP upgrades and offer access to various perks and accommodations.

    In the UK’s first cashless event, the Wireless Festival provided event-goers with NFC-enabled wristbands to “wave and pay” for goods, significantly downsizing line times for food, memorabilia and most of all, alcohol. This is not the only British music festival rolling out NFC wristbands this summer, as an emerging number of organizers have developed an acquired taste in the convenience and ease of this contactless technology.

    At the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, 30,000 fans signed up to “live click” throughout the event, commencing a new era and digital age in social media. Using RFID-enabled bands, registered ticketholders were able to check-in, update their status on Facebook, as well as have the availability to a collection of other individualized options tailored to each respective guest, thus enhancing their event experience. Registered guests can automatically “check-in” upon arrival on various “touch points” located throughout the grounds.

    All these wristbands provide enhanced e-ticketing, cashless payment and access control, subsequently reducing lines and eliminating fraudsters, providing secure and speedy payments, and boosting the overall fan experience.

    In terms of tracking guests, checkpoint zones are set up to track what zone an attendee has just exited and entered, theoretically placing them in a zone at a specific time and place. This allows for event organizers to track traffic flows to improve planning for succeeding festivals. It also provides means of assistance when it comes to theft and other forms of crime.

    SPORTING EVENTS

    Olympic Games is the sporting world’s largest global competition, with hundreds of millions of visitors from different nations flooding into the host city. An advanced technology like contactless payment can alleviate many problems.

    Samsung and Visa have worked together to install over 3,000 terminals on the 2012 London Olympic grounds to coincide with its official payment app, “payWave”.

    Visitors were granted the option to use NFC to purchase snacks and memorabilia. Consumers throughout London were granted the opportunity to experience NFC and become educated on it, which helped facilitate the speedy universal adoption of the technology in the near future.

     
  • Editing Team 10:04 on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Hungary Festivals Go Cashless Using RFID Wristband 

    Metapay introduced an RFID-based wristband solution designed specifically for event planners and festival organizers.

    The RFID-based wristband is multifunctional with support for secure access control, in addition to cashless payments. In fact, the service has already processed nearly 1.1 million transactions at three festivals in Hungary this summer.

    Sziget Festival, one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe, is using all of the services that Metapay has to offer, including Metapay Festivalcard the cashless payment system, Maestro PayPass and MasterCard Pay Pass products and the RFID-based wristband solution.

    Developed by the company itself, Metapay uses this same RFID-based electronic access control system at its own facilities. Staff enters Metapay facilities by using their wristband in which a built-in chip identifies them.

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  • Editing Team 12:24 on July 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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.”

     
  • Rui Wang 03:48 on July 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Cashless music festival by RFID wristband 

    RFID MUSIC FESTIVALThe festival wristband is set to become more than just a piece of souvenir in the UK by next year. Music fans will pay electronically rather than using cash by a RFID wristband and cash top-up systems. Fans can use the wristband to buy everything from food and drink to t-shirts and their favorite CDs. In addition,

    Although the investment on infrastructure for such RFID systems will be significant,  the prospect of allowing fans to use wristbands have many benefits. The big advantage of using RFID wristband is to avoid has millions of pounds of cash on festival sites, which can be seen as a security risk. The wristband can also be use like a entry ticket, that function can lead a easy controlling entry to different parts of the festival, such as backstage or VIP areas.

    The RFID technology has being used in many industries, but the concept of music fans being able to attend festivals without having to carry cash is new to the music industry. If it did goes well, the potential market will be huge in the hot summer season.

     
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