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.