Event planners at the Glastonbury contemporary performing arts festival are considering the use of electronic RFID wristbands at next year’s hosted event, according to Spacelab.
Glastonbury’s festival organizer Michael Eavis is looking into a system provided by Canadian tech provider Intellitix. The company’s RFID access control systems are designed to secure festival sites, while reducing queues and eliminating fraud. The wristbands themselves are also developed to endure all types of weather.
The system would allow Glastonbury officials to set up checkpoints which can be used to monitor traffic flows. Organizers can use this information to better prepare for future events and festivals. It can also be used combat theft and other crime, with a detailed timeline of patron locations throughout the entire event.
In summer 2011, Intellitix activated more than 1 million RFID wristbands in North America. Following success in North America Intellitix has also announced a new UK office to accommodate the 2012 European Festival Season.
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