Tag Archives: RFID

BRIT Awards guests experience RFID wristbands

27 Feb

ID&C supplied The BRIT Awards, the UK’s flagship music event, with wristbands to identify 10,000 guests, while over 1000 VIPs used RFID micro-chipped wristbands for cashless payments at the after party bar.

Held at London’s 02 Arena last Tuesday 21st Feb, official partners, ID&C worked with BRITs organisers to supply a security wristband suite of 23 individual designs, each identifying a different type of guest and level of access.

Matt Wilkey, director at ID&C said, “As music events go, it doesn’t get more high profile than the BRITs. Having worked with the production team at Earls Court and now the O2 Arena, we understand what’s required by organisers for a slick ‘behind-the-scenes’ operation.”

6 million television viewers tuned in to enjoy a festival-worthy line-up featuring Coldplay (no sign of the flashing wristbands), Adele and an anthemic closing set from Outstanding Contribution to Music winners, Blur. Adele managed to add controversy to the evening when tv cameras picked up her ‘hand gesture’, after the double BRIT winner’s acceptance speech was cut short, and boy band winners One Direction managed to thank BBC Radio 1 listeners for an award that was sponsored by Capital FM!

“Becoming official partner was amazing for us, especially ahead of a summer where suppliers will be in the spotlight during the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee events. We’re passionate about what we do and although the BRITs are likely to be remembered for the epic line-up and Adele’s short-lived speech, we know that security wristbands played a part in the successful production.” – added Wilkey.

ID&C also supplied wristbands that were fitted with an RFID micro-chip and used for cashless purchases at the after party bar. Over 1000 guests had the chance to experience the speed and simplicity of transactions when using contactless RFID wristbands, a method expected to be used at a number of major festivals in the UK this summer.

ID&C helped provide a cashless environment in last year’s Isle of White Festival VIP tent and have worked with Coachella Festival, UEFA and video game Call of Duty delivering other RFID applications for access control and social media brand activation.

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World’s Top Festivals Went Digital in 2011

20 Feb

ID&C took their patented RFID wristbands global in 2011, supplying the world’s 3 highest grossing festivals.

Recently published figures showing the top grossing festivals, put Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits as the top 3 respectively. Only U2’s 360 tour separated the three U.S. festival giants which all sit within the top 5 and were new clients of UK-based security wristband company, ID&C, last year.

The company who have serviced the UK event industry for over 18 years, recently took the U.S market by storm after introducing their fabric wristbands with patented security lock and RFID micro-chip. Now synonymous with UK festivals, the woven fabric wristband was introduced to the UK by ID&C some 10 years ago after festivals including Glastonbury were looking for a wristband that offered a higher level of security. Since then, ID&C have developed their wristbands and introduced additional security features, notably their innovative application of RFID micro-chips.

RFID technology comes with an array of benefits for festival organisers and fans including drastically reduced queues and complete eradication of ticket touting and fake wristbands.

ID&C’s head of RFID, Steve Daly  @RFIDSteve had this to say “The success of our RFID wristbands at Coachella resulted in further enquiries from Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. The festivals were a pleasure to work with and it was great to see our products achieve the same success over in the states that they have here in the UK.”

RFID or ‘digital’ wristbands have recently captured the attention of live music fans in the UK following Glastonbury’s announcement that they’ll consider using the wristbands when the festival returns in 2013.

Big Experience, not Big Brother

23 Jan

Have your say on RFID at festivals

Hello again.

Since Radio 1’s news story last week [see previous post], the web has witnessed an eruption of interest from techno-phobes, to futuristic festival fans – both voicing their opinions on the contactless phenomenon that is RFID.

Our favourite online debate so far, comes from Which?. The ‘conversation’ post, lead by Hannah Joliffe and Sarah Kidner, questions whether RFID technology has a place at festivals and events. The two contrasting opinions set this blog up perfectly for a good-ol’-fashioned tech vs traditionalist stand-off. Then, we get to vote for our favourite! As I write, readers are 67% in favour of RFID wristbands, what do you think?

The Do’s and Don’ts of RFID wristbands

Whether you’re planning to use RFID for an event or just curious for the facts, our RFID expert @RFIDSteve has set out a brief guide, including the do’s and absolutely do not’s of the RFID writsband realm.

Read his views on sourcing, specifications and the all important reseach. View @RFIDSteve ‘s blog here

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.

Isle of Wight Fans Salute Contactless Wristbands as the Latest Festival Essential

16 Jun

Last weekend we helped provide the Isle of Wight Festival VIP guests with the UK’s first ever prepaid contactless payment wristband.

The project, led by MasterCard® saw festival goers in the VIP arena put the PayPass ™ prepaid wristbands to the test, unanimously rating them as a must-have for future live events.

Research conducted by MasterCard® amongst those using the ID&C-supplied fabric festival wristbands found they were their preferred payment method at the festival, with an astounding 100% of users stating that they’d use the wristbands again at other festivals, concerts and sporting events.

Pre-loaded with £30, the wristbands could be used to purchase food and drink with a simple tap of the wrist – ‘‘It’s the simplicity and speed which make contactless wristbands so attractive to festival organisers and punters alike.
The opportunity to work on this groundbreaking project at one of the UK’s most established festivals has been fantastic and the results have clearly revealed how contactless wristbands can enhance the user experience.’’ Says Steve Daly, ID&C’s Operations Director.

Contactless Festival Wristbands

Contactless Festival Wristbands

John Giddings, Isle of Wight festival promoter, said: “Festivals are all about a great shared experience – the music, bands, food and drink all add to the atmosphere. New innovations such as this really add to the experience. I’m proud to have pioneered the wristbands at the Isle of Wight Festival and hope to see them developed further for future events.’’

At ID&C’s, our contactless wristband projects have grown rapidly in 2011 with the mammoth Coachella festival already under our belt. We have also secured two further deployments of RFID access control wristbands in the U.S. working with Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits in Texas later this year.

ID&C mark ‘tipping point’ in RFID at Festivals

24 May

RFID Wristbands

Given that its primary product need not take any particular shape, colour or form, ticketing has always been a prime candidate for trialling emerging technology and new ideas. RFID (radio-frequency identification), while far from groundbreaking in the technology stakes, has the potential to radically alter event ticketing. Last summer, German promoter FKP Scorpio issued 500 RFID cards for cashless purchases on-site at Hurricane Festival while Hungary’s Sziget festival adopted a wider trial using 11,000 cards that could be used at 300 terminals around the site. Meanwhile in Canada, the Festival d’Ete de Quebec sold 150,000 RFID wristbands as entry tickets for a 11-day line-up that included Arcade Fire, Santana and Black Eyes Peas. April 2011, however, was a tipping point.


Original Video– More videos at TinyPic

Last month, Coachella festival in Los Angeles adopted an RFID wristbands system for its 75,000 ticket buyers. Early reports say that queues were reduced and the system drastically cut touting. ”There were no technical issues whatsoever, the technology performed seamlessly”, says operations director Steve Daly at ID&C which suplied the bands, chips and patented Smartlocks. The access control corridors and back-end system was from Intellitix, the new company established by Ticketpro chief, Serge Grimaux. And there were more than a few interested promoters on-site to observe.

Extract taken from IQ Magazine, Issue 35
http://www.ilmc.com

Festival Big Guns Support Anti-Fraud move

3 May Festival Crowd with Wristbands

Two of the biggest live event organisers in the UK have agreed to an idea from the police to protect people from fraudulent ticket websites.

Festival Republic and Livenation will send out tickets as soon as possible, rather than waiting, sometimes for six months, until just before performances.

Police say the delay makes it difficult to prove fake sites did not have the tickets to sell in the first place.

The National Fraud Authority says £168m is lost annually through ticket scams.

Unintended consequence
Genuine ticket sellers claim the delay in sending out tickets is meant to limit the time counterfeiters have to copy the originals.

But an unintended consequence of this has allowed tens of thousands of people over the past five years to buy tickets from fraudulent websites, without realising the tickets will not arrive at all until it is too late, reports BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours.

Fraudsters claim their suppliers have let them down or that they have simply gone bust.

Police have reached an agreement with two of the biggest concert organisers, including Festival Republic, which is behind the Leeds and Reading festivals, that tickets will be posted immediately to customers. They will then assess the impact on counterfeiting.

Det Ch Supt Steve Head, from the City of London Police, says promoters’ delay in the sending of tickets makes it difficult to prove fraud, and that printing the tickets earlier could be the key.

“We believe that would stop a lot of people being the victims because we’d be able to act on it quicker, convicting the kind of people we want to convict,” he added.

“It’s not about business; they are fraudsters”

RFID Fabric Festival wristbands

RFID Fabric Festival Wristbands

We at ID&C were delighted to observe the shrewd move made by Live Nation, Festival Republic and the police as announced on the BBC website yesterday. It is a selfless act which gives the punter more security and more importantly time to counteract the way fraudsters operate.

One repercussion maybe that counterfeiters can get their hands on tickets earlier and therefore have more time to attempt reproduction and duplication. It will be interesting to observe what happens this festival season.

At ID&C we are pushing our RFID enabled wristbands as an answer to all these issues. Wristbands can be sent out in the post just like tickets before festivals. Punters can feel secure in the fact that they have received their wristband and fraudsters are welcome to try and break the encryption on RFID tags – if they have a few decades!!

All the best,
Steve

Original story taken from BBC News Website


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