RFID Wristband Technology at Ottawa Bluesfest

As published by: Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen (2012-04-25)

The high-tech wristbands that will be a compulsory part of the Bluesfest experience are part of a six-figure investment in radio-frequency identification technology, currently in use at several other major festivals. Monahan says the RFID-enabled wristbands will make it easier for paying customers to get into the festival, and allow cash-free purchasing of food, beverages and merchandise on site.

The wristband’s chip system is similar to a Tim Horton’s card in that it can be “loaded” with ticket purchases and spending money in advance or on site. A major advantage is expected to be speedier processing at the main entrance, cutting down the lineups. According to Monahan, one RFID-equipped festival last year admitted more than 100,000 people in about an hour.

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