The Isle of Wight Festival in England has partnered with MasterCard to offer festival goers the opportunity to be one of the first to experience the benefits of automatically topping up their contactless prepaid MasterCard PayPass wristbands and also using them to access the event.
As part of a trial, 13,000 ticket holders will receive PayPass wristbands before they come to the event, making entry to the site and grabbing a bite to eat even easier. Ticket holders can also experience the added convenience of auto top-up, a function that loads between £10 and £50 up to three times per day, when a wristband balance drops below £20.
When running low on funds, or following an auto top-up, users will also receive an automatic text message which includes their current wristband balance to help track their spending. Special mobile balance readers will also be available at designated customer service points, allowing wristband holders to simply tap to see their current balance.
For purchases of £20 or less, all users have to do is simply tap their PayPass wristband on the reader, removing the need to dip a card, enter a PIN or provide a signature. Data is transferred safely and securely from the tag attached to the wristband to the contactless readers installed in many locations around the festival.
The maximum total load allowed on any wristband throughout the festival is £500, with any unspent funds getting refunded back to customers at the end of the event.