Did you see the flashing wristbands used by Coldplay on X Factor?

12 Dec

The amazing L.E.D. flashing wristbands caught our eye during last night’s X Factor final at Wembley Arena. Now named the ‘Glowing Gig’, Coldplay handed out thousands of promotional wristbands each fitted with a flashing light, or more precisely, a flashing LED. The radio controlled wristbands flashed in time to the music and created an amazing atmosphere for Coldplay fans, both at Wembley and at home.

As leaders in the production of security and promotional wristbands for live events, we were excited to see such an interesting new product. We expect to see these LED wristbands much more in 2012.

Head over to Coldplay’s website to see pictures and videos of the wristbands in action.

The wristbands were supplied by RB Concepts.

 

 

 

ID&C did not produce the L.E.D wristbands for the event and are not affiliated with Coldplay, RB Concepts or the X Factor.

ID&C Nominated as Best Event Services Supplier at UK Event Awards

25 Nov

This time we’re off to represent the titans of the event industry at the UK Event Awards, taking place at none other than Wembley Stadium. It’s been a great year for  us here at ID&C, we’ve remained the leading supplier of security wristbands in the UK and catapulted ourselves into the world of RFID access control. In particular, our involvement at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival has lead to our nomination as Best Event Services Supplier.

This year’s Isle of Wight Festival was host to the UK festival industry’s first ever cashless environment. ID&C supplied the state-of-the-art RFID wristband, used to purchase food and drinks with a simple tap of the wrist. The transactions happened in a fraction of a second and left punters astonished. In fact, a survey carried out amongst those using the RFID wristband revealed that 98% agreed that this process of transaction was faster than paying with a card. There was unanimous support for the RFID wristbands with 100% of people surveyed saying they would like to use them again at future events.

The RFID festival wristband

The UK Event Awards take place next Wednesday 30th November at Wembley Stadium – wish us luck.

See the other nominees 

RFID Wristbands Bring Call of Duty to Life

23 Nov

Fans of Call of Duty (the world’s highest grossing video-game series) were invited to participate in a unique launch event which saw the popular shoot-em-up come alive through the power of RFID wristbands.

The launch of the series’ latest release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was held at the mammoth LA Convention Center over Labour Day weekend. Tickets priced at $150 gave the dedicated fans access to a number of activities as well as two massive gaming areans, aptly named ‘The Pit’ and ‘The Scrapyard’. The two zones were designed as real-life replicas of the gaming environment from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and staged an exhilarating indoor paintball war for COD-geeks around the world.

At ID&C, our RFID wristbands were used to tie the event together and provided a seamless interactive environment for fans, from ‘Start’to ‘Game Over’. Fans received the COD designed RFID wristbands upon registration and then entered the live-action arena by tapping the wristbands against RFID access gates. During the activities, fans could use the RFID wristbands to post scores and photos of the action directly to their Facebook profiles, making their friends uber jealous! At the end of the event, attendees presented their RFID wristbands one last time to claim a bag full of COD goodies.

This is a great example of how brands can embrace RFID technology and add value to events. In this example, the RFID wristbands not only joined the physical world with fan’s online social networks, but provided organisers with enhanced security and access control. RFID systems that work in tandem with the wristbands have the ability to collect and monitor data, giving marketeers valuable statistics for post event analysis and follow-up marketing.

Want to know more about RFID wristbands and how they can create interactive environments at events? Leave a comment on this blog and we’ll be in touch.

www.idcband.co.uk

Is 3 the Magic Number?

21 Nov

Here at the ID&C HQ we’re excitedly poised ahead of this Thursday’s West Kent Business Awards where we’ve been nominated for no fewer than three, yes three of the prestigious gongs!

Our recent developments in the realm of RFID wristband technology and the growth this and our other products have achieved for ID&C, has lead us to be in the running for Best Innovation, Best Growing Business and Best Enterprising Business awards.

The annual awards bash welcomes over 30 finalists representing the cream of West Kent businesses to a swanky hotel in Tunbridge Wells. 12 trophies will be up for grabs on the evening, including the coveted Best Business Award, which is put forward by a judging panel, who reveal the nominations on the night!

Our head honcho, Matt Wilkey commented: “Despite the recession, we’ve had a successful year, our innovative products have helped create new opportunities for us and we’re honoured to receive any kind of recognition locally, three nominations was unbelievable!”

We’ll let you know how we got on, next week. For now… Fingers crossed!

Craig, ID&C
www.idcband.co.uk

ID&C Support Festival Industry From the Ground Up

7 Nov

As the festival scene’s most recognised security wristband supplier, we’re showing our support for the industry’s indie-kids by sponsoring The Grass Roots Festival gong at the UK Festival Awards next week.

The annual Awards, which attract the who’s who of the festival industry, have seen Glastonbury, T in the Park, Mumford & Sons and Biffy Clyro pick up the coveted prizes in recent years. Organisers are expecting over 600 guests to the show, which moves this year, to London’s impressive Round House.

We took the decision to sponsor the Award following our work with LeeFest back in the summer. LeeFest, who previously won the Grass Roots Festival award in 2009, were recipients of a professional accreditation pack supplied by us.

Lee Denny at LeeFest had these kind words to say:
“’ID&C’s accreditation package was a dream come true – not only did it make the event safer and more secure, it made it more beautiful too. The products they provided brought together our crew, artists and dedicated fans in a way that I never thought a festival wristband could!”

LeeFest Wristband & Lanyard

The LeeFest Wristbands & Lanyards

Here at ID&C, we made a conscious effort to give something back to the industry’s inspiring newcomers, who we believe are a key ingredient to the growth of the festival business. LeeFest stood out for us because of their focus to offer the best possible experience for their fans.

As AIF (Association of Independent Festivals) members, we value the effort made by the festival freshmen who strive to bring amazing experiences to music lovers. Soon we’ll be launching a competition, giving one UK festival the chance to win the same package enjoyed by the team at LeeFest, so keep your eyes peeled!

The Grass Roots Festival Award winner will also receive a £1,500 bursary towards disability access training from Attitude is Everything, a prize kindly provided by Festival Republic.

We’re also showcasing our RFID wristbands at the UK Festival Conference which takes place at the HMV Forum before the Awards ceremony on November 15th.

All the best,
Craig

It’s The Experience That Counts

24 Oct
Crystal Castles Lolla 2011

From Lollapalooza Website

This has been the biggest year ever for British festivals, with close to 600 accounted for. Some have said the market is saturated, but any influx of new events has to be good news for the industry.

Despite the recession, the public will always find a way to fund their pleasure time. What this market will demand, however, is a focus on the overall experience a festival can offer its cash strapped punters in 2012.

Taking advantage of available technology and using it to enhance the festival experience is something we’ve seen across the United States this summer, where our RFID wristbands at ID&C found their way onto more than 500,000 wrists, at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. In taking the hi-tech pluncge, the three festivals gave their fans and enhanced experience before they even entered the site.

A buzz surrounding the wristbands was reflected across social networks and the festivals’ official message boards, helping to promote the events in turn. once on site, fans benefited from the enhancements the RFID technology provided, such as reduced queuing and a less invasive entry.

Cashless payment is another high-tech offering for organisers, The trial at the Isle of Wight Festival’s VIP arena back in June was a resounding success. Reduced queuing times at the bar means more sales! That’s just one of the ways organisers can directly benefit. There are many more pieces to the puzzle when thinking of enhancing the overall festival experience, but get it right at the gate and you’re off to a good start.

ID&C Lollapalooza RFID Gate

RFID access gates at Lollapalooza Festival

This year, we worked closely with the guys at the award winning LeeFest, supplying a complete accreditation pack free of charge. We loved the ethos of their event and how the focal point was to deliver the absolute best festival experience and we’re so happy to hear the accreditation offered a helping hand in achieving this.

We see the festival ‘indie-kids’ as a great asset to the industry, and later this year we’ll be launching a competition offering any festival with less than 5,000 capacity, the chance to win a full accreditation package.

Written by Craig Bennett
as featured in Access All Areas

RFID Wristbands Wave Goodbye to Criminal Activity at Festivals

24 Oct

ID&C at Live UK SummitOur very own RFID specialist at ID&C, Steve Daly explains how developments in security wristbands will help combat criminal activity at festivals in 2012 and beyond.

As a panellist for the anticipated ‘Criminal In-Tent’ seminar at the LIVE UK Summit earlier this month, Daly showcased how RFID wristbands will play a part in the combat against increasing criminal activity witnessed at festivals in 2011.
Sat with Daly were, Kevin Walker, detective constable at Leicestershire Police and Reg Walker, ticket fraud expert from Iridium Consulting. Offering experience and insight, the seasoned pros discussed how festivals have continued see criminal hotspots at campsites, site perimeters and even inside main arenas, where wristband mugging has been an issue.

Criminal gangs, fraudsters and mere chancers will always exist in the industry, but while anti-crime initiatives strive to raise awareness, the panel was in mutual agreement that the strengthening of communication between organisers, access specialists and police will drive the success of crime prevention at festivals going forward.

Steve Daly at ID&C

ID&C’s Steve Daly explains how RFID wristbands can combat fraud

This year’s riots showed how today’s technology can be used as a tool to negative effect but it was security wristband technology that drew a focus in the latter part of the seminar. ID&C’s Steve Daly noted the success of RFID wristbands used at the Coachella festival in California. In 2010, organisers of the 3-day gig struggled with touts, fence-hoppers and hundreds of chances. The deployment of RFID wristbands in 2011 however, eliminated all fraudulent activity around the Coachella site and as a result of this, overall criminal activity was reduced.

The unique design and technology behind the wristbands proved too advanced for the fraudsters who, along with the usual chancers, were dismissed way before they had a sniff of the Coachella arena. “The wristbands and access systems ran without a hitch and allowed organisers to dramatically improve on security, while the punters got the added value of reduced queues’’ states Daly.

Daly continues, “The technology was trailed at the Isle of Wight festival this year with RFID wristbands providing a cashless environment for fans in the VIP arena. Although this wasn’t introduced to combat criminal activity – organisers in the UK are now more aware of the benefits RFID can offer festival security.

ID&C will be showcasing their RFID wristbands and security accreditation at the UK Festival Awards Conference on 15th November at the HMV forum.

Charity Auction Success For Grassroots Music Festival

4 Aug

With just over a week to go until the the start of LeeFest 2011, the ‘V.I.Pee’ charity auction has ended, raising £275 for Kids Company Charity. This donation is the first of many that will be made by the non-profit music festival in Kent.

The V.I.Pee auction was set up for one lucky person to win 4 x tickets to LeeFest along with their very own luxury portaloo for the weekend. Here at ID&C, we’re delighted to have supported such a fun and successful campaign and are very happy to be working with LeeFest this year to provide their entire accreditation solution including security wristbands, lanyards, laminates + more.

LeeFest ID&C

The competition was an instant hit, with almost a thousand page views on ebay. 29 bidders battled for the title, with the ‘V.I.Pee’ crown eventually going to Adam Grinter from East Grinstead. Lee Denny, festival founder and director, was overwhelmed by the response to the competition:

“Everyone loved it! It was my brother Andy who suggested it… I’m worried that if he keeps having ideas like that, soon it will be him running the whole show! We’re just really chuffed that a bit of fun like ‘V.I.Pee’ has raised so much money for Kids Company!’

Next weekend British Sea Power, DJ Fresh and Fenech-Soler headline LeeFest along with a host of other national and local acts.

www.leefest.org.uk
www.idcband.co.uk

LeeFest and ID&C launch unique ‘VIPee’ Competition

25 Jul LeeFest VIPee

‘VIPee’ charity auction gives punters the chance to bid for festival tickets and win their very own luxury portaloo for the weekend.

Festival accreditation & access control company ID&C (that’s us!) is sponsoring the award winning* LeeFest’s unique competition to win festival tickets and… The world’s most glamorous portaloo.

The annual music festival in South-East London that began in a schoolboy’s back garden, is returning for its sixth year this summer. Headlined by the UK no.1 artist DJ Fresh, Fenech-Soler and British Sea Power, this grass roots gig has clearly established itself as a festival to be reckoned with.

LeeFest + ID&C VIPee Competition

Lee Denny, festival founder and director, measures the event’s growing success in terms of the portaloo count:
‘At the first festival, people had to use the toilet in my house, then the following year we invested in a single portaloo. Since then, the number has grown and this year we’ve got 39!’

To celebrate the new portaloo record, the LeeFest team are launching ‘VIPee’ – a charity auction with a twist! Punters will have the chance to bid for four festival tickets with all proceeds going straight to the London-based charity, Kids Company.

As a reward, the winning bidder will be crowned the ‘VIPee’ of LeeFest 2011 and given the key to their very own red carpeted and treat-filled portaloo for the weekend to share with their chosen few! Any winning bidders who already bought LeeFest tickets will have their original ticket money refunded.

The auction goes live on eBay TODAY at 6pm for a week. Search on eBay for ‘LeeFest VIPee’ and get bidding!

Further information and the full line-up is available at http://www.leefest.org.uk

*Best Grassroots Festival – UK Festival Awards 2009

FULL FESTIVAL ACCREDITATION FROM ID&C

We’re supplying LeeFest with a complete festival accreditation package, including:
Woven fabric wristbands
Security lanyards
Plastic wallets
Printed festival pack (including a map, weekend line-up and all the info festival goers will need to know).

ID&C Wristbands Used by Worlds Largest Grossing Festival

12 Jul Coachella 2011 Kanye West with RFID writsband

Here at ID&C we’re beaming with delight to find out that our friends at Coachella have been listed as this year’s highest grossing festival (so far).

Mid-year figures posted by PollStar show Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival as the worlds highest grossing festival of the year, with profits just shy of $25m. Our RFID wristbands helped provide the mammoth three-day festival with a high-level of security, eliminating pass-backs, combating counterfeit wristbands and minimizing the queuing times.

See the stylish festival wristbands in action with the RFID access control gates

Read about how the RFID festival wristbands work

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011

ID&C’s RFID wristbands in full force at Coachella

The success of Coachella led us to work with two other major U.S. festivals this year. Lollapalooza in Chicago and Austin City Limits in … Austin will both benefit from state-of-the-art RFID wristbands. Keep an eye on our blog for all the details.

In the meantime, check this out – The Ultimate Guide to Latitude Festival
From http://www.paamapplication.co.uk