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Glastonbury Festival Might Use RFID Wristbands for Tracking in 2013

By: Corey Tate
January 17, 2012

The festival wristband ... the long-held symbol of a day or weekend in the sun listening to music. Good times. But the music festival wristband of the past was simple compared to the electronic, RFID (radio frequency ID) wristbands we see today. It might be in use at next year's Glastonbury Festival, according to festival organizer Michael Eavis.

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Eavis was at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in The Netherlands over the weekend, and he looked at the Intellitix wristband that will be put in to use at other music festivals this Summer. "It does look as though it's something better than what we're doing at the moment" he said, adding he "might be tempted" to use it. Michael Eavis also said it "seems like an incredible system." He was speaking to BBC Newsbeat.

"Checkpoint zones" can be set up to always track what zone a person has just left and just entered, theoretically placing them in a zone at a time and date. This will allow festival organizers of shows like the Glastonbury Festival to better track traffic flows, so they can better plan for following festivals. It also can help in thefts and other crime, as it places people within a certain location at a given time. Good benefits, but it also can come off a bit Big Brother-like.

This was used at last year's Coachella Festival, which also used RFID wristbands. You may have already used these kind of RFID wristbands before, as they've already been in use at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo Festival, Electric Zoo, Lollapalooza, Moogfest and Outside Lands Festival. Watch the video above, and look how quickly the line at the entrance to the Quebec City Summer Festival moved last Summer.

The Glastonbury Festival is taking 2012 off, but will resume again in 2013. There are already three Glastonbury Festival headliners booked, according to Eavis. Find out out more about music festivals in 2012 in the Spacelab Festival Guide.

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