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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.

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

Festival Technology in 2012

23 Dec

2011 saw a tipping point in festival technology when the Isle of Wight  embarked on cashless payment trial in their VIP arena, and festivals in the U.S. went all out on RFID access control. Are we set for an an enhanced festival experience in 2012?

In America this summer, the real buzz were the RFID wristbands that replaced tickets at Lollapalooza, Coachella, and Austin City Limits. The three giants of the U.S. festival scene adopted a complete RFID access control solution which admitted thousands of fans an hour via the custom RFID wrist bands. The custom printed RFID wristbands were supplied by ID&C with the systems supplied by London-based Intellitix.

Festival fans at Lollapalooza

“In our first year of operation, this summer, we activated over 1 million RFID festival wristbands without a hitch,” says Intellitix CEO Serge Grimaux. “By linking access control with cashless payments and social media, we can transport the message of the festival and its sponsors far beyond the festival site. The festival community now has a platform on which it can build endlessly. These are incredibly exciting times!”

“More festivals will use RFID wristbands next year, whether it’s for cashless payments or access control, ” says ID&C’s Craig Bennett. “It’ll have a huge impact next year and people are starting to use the technology in different ways. These systems have proved 100% reliable, they eliminate resale and fraud and drastically cut down on queuing times.”

According to Virtual Festival’s census, over two-thirds of audience members would be keen to try an RFID cashless wristband.

Excerpts taken from IQ, Issue 38

That’s the last blog from us in 2011. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at ID&C – see you in 2012!

 

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

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.

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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 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.


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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
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