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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Festival Opts for RFID
The event's organizers have selected a new RFID solution from Vendini, which is providing RFID wristbands, handheld and fixed HF readers, and hosted software for managing access control and ticketing data.
Dec 18, 2013—
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a three-day music festival held in the twin cities of Bristol, Va., and Bristol, Tenn., will be the first to use a new RFID-based ticketing and access-control solution provided by a San Francisco firm called Vendini. The California company will supply RFID-enabled wristbands for everyone onsite—whether personnel, performers or ticket holders—for the September 2014 event. Vendini will also provide handheld and fixed high-frequency (HF) RFID readers, as well as hosted software for managing access control and ticketing data.
Traditionally, says Keith Goldberg, Vendini's marketing VP, Vendini is a ticketing solution company that provides marketing and fundraising solutions as well, for use at concerts, sporting events, casino and tours. The firm was launched 11 years ago to provide a ticketing system for theater performances in the Bay area, he explains, and quickly began to expand across the United States in a variety of venues.
The paper-based system not only could be confusing, but it could also be abused, since individuals could use a bogus pass that could easily fool a worker. Therefore, Vendini created an RFID solution employing HF 13.56 MHz RFID tags built into wristbands that are worn by everyone at the venue, whether staff members, volunteers, audience members or performers. That wristband would then be interrogated by a combination of fixed and handheld readers at the entrance to the event, and at various locations within the building.
Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion has begun selling RFID-enabled wristbands to audience members for its September show. Vendini, which has been the festival's ticketing service provider for several years, is managing the event with its own software. The company began receiving orders for the wristbands this month, Goldberg says, which are expected to begin shipping to those ticket-holders in May 2014. The wristbands might be supplied by multiple vendors, and can be made with RFID inlays from various vendors. However, each wristband contains an NXP Semiconductors Mifare chip compliant with the ISO 14443 standard.
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