RapidNFC Blog

25 November 2015 : Opinion

We have noted a relatively new and growing concept of connected fitness, where the devices people use and platforms they access can be integrated to create a complete digital picture of your health. Not only does this allow users to have an easily accessible summary of their state but it can also let them identify issues and improvements to be made, which normally wouldn’t be so easy to identify.

Companies are starting to bring out their own platforms that can link into their devices and provide this information, Google Fit and Apple Health being two well-developed, stand-out services. But how do these platforms acquire their data to analyse and summarise a user's health? Typically it will be through the user's smartphone sensors which can provide a wealth of data about movement and typical daily patterns. Wearables can give even more information including heart rate to provide an even more accurate picture.

However, while these connected devices and ecosystems play a large role in this digital health revolution, we are starting to see more and more projects utilising NFC tags to connect previously 'dumb' devices into this holistic health system.

Using NFC for Fitness!
Using NFC tags in fitness

The primary use of the NFC tags in this context is as a link to fitness platform. They can be applied to a range of fitness equipment (treadmills, cycling, elliptical trainers) and can be tapped to trigger the fitness platform on the users NFC phone. In some cases, the NFC tag can also pass on details of the equipment to the phone to begin entering details into the fitness platform.

The overall aim of this to make it easier for users to enter their workout information into the platform, encouraging them to integrate their daily routine with their own digital record and building up long term trends. Rather than manually entering all the data needed for a workout, which can be a turnoff and take up more time than the workout itself (!), they can simply swipe the NFC tag and enter the time spent on the equipment. The simplicity and ease with which this can be done makes it an easy action to start doing and it allows users to track long term health goals and commitments.

In addition to applying NFC tags to equipment, this premise can be flipped around, with users wearing NFC wearables. This can be used to track users for events where timings or locations are used for individual results. And once again, this would be tied into an online platform to keep these results safe, secure and easily accessible. RapidNFC often works with the Great Run Local, a national network who provide free running events all over the country.

The Great Run Local

The Great Run Local use NFC wristbands as a way of registering and linking runners with their online platform. Runners can scan their durable NFC wristbands at the end of their events to save their times and track their participation. This information is then saved and can be viewed on the Great Run Local's website.

This system is a great way of encouraging runner participation as they can easily see and compare all the runs they have taken part in. Being able to easily assess how you have improved over time is a great form of encouragement and allows runners to use just one site as a hub for their running activities.


The use of NFC in fitness is a new concept but one we are sure to see more of in the future as online health platforms become more and more prevalent; particularly given the number of mobile companies adding it to their software portfolio. The ease with which NFC can be adapted, whether it’s used to link static gym equipment with a digital fitness platform or in wearables to track user performance at events, means it can be integrated to all manner of concepts. This adaptability in the use of NFC suggests even more ways to utilise NFC are just around the corner.

06 November 2015 : Case Study

Here at RapidNFC, we get involved with all sorts of NFC projects and ventures around the globe. Although most of the work we do with our clients is related to marketing and asset tagging, we also provide NFC products for more novel platforms and, recently, we supplied tags to be used in a gaming platform.

NFC, as a technology, is not normally associated with gaming but, in fact, Nintendo launched a whole range of NFC figurines just the other year. These 'Amiibos' can interact with compatible hardware like the Wii U and trigger a number of different actions like adding a new character or unlocking a level. The response to these figurines has been very positive with pre-orders crashing certain websites and older models rising in value well past their original price.

This phenomenon has seen further interest in using NFC in gaming with a number of companies investigating its usage, including the use case we describe below in this article.

Shelock Holmes Internet of Things
Why is NFC good for gaming?

NFC is great for gaming for a number of reasons. Firstly, an NFC tag is both uniquely identifiable and can hold a small amount of information. This means it can be used to trigger a certain action, link to further information or be used as an ID for a player character. Unlike some other ways of holding information or identification, an NFC tag is small, cost-effective and the low scan distance means that multiple NFC tags won’t interfere with each other.

The fact that it is contactless technology is also a great bonus. Players are always looking for new, fresh technology and the ‘futuristic’ aspect of NFC really means it can inspire and encourage new players to get involved. The rise of NFC devices also means that the use of NFC in gaming is becoming more and more accessible, with more and more people being able to take advantage of this contactless technology.

Sherlock Holmes & The Internet Of Things

A little while ago, we provided tags to Conducttr, a transmedia storytelling platform, who have worked on a number of ground-breaking gaming experiences. For their latest conference Conducttr created an educational and interactive experience - 'Sherlock Holmes & The Internet Of Things'. This game involved strategy, team collaboration and NFC tags, all revolving around a murder mystery.

This experience started off with background information about the characters, location and setting before delving into the unsolved murder of a chemist. Conference attendees could use an NFC device and the Conducttr app to scan NFC tags around the scene to pick up clues and hints. These clues and hints would change through the day to develop the story and help uncover the mystery.

This use of physical triggers with a digital platform helps to create an immersive and engaging story which inspires the players to work together and build a hypothesis. The game is certainly entertaining and provokes our curiosity, however it also has an educational angle by providing the users with fun facts on chemistry.

The experience was well-received and as the platform can be used as a template for any number of different experiences, we could see Conducttr being deployed across a range of different use cases soon.

Conducttr Conference

We expect to see a rise in NFC usage in gaming going forward, particularly as more and more mobile devices released will have NFC. This rise, coupled with the massive expansion of mobile gaming, will allow the market to develop as more companies look to link their digital products with tangible, physical objects. The size and cost of NFC tags, along with the wide range of form factors they can come in means they are ideal for all sorts of integration.

30 October 2015 : Case Study

NFC is a relatively new and developing technology with various areas of growth. One area in particular we have seen a substantial growth in over the past year is the care sector. From April 2015 to September 2015 we have seen an incredible 164% rise in sales from the prior 6 months to both care providers and companies who provide tags and software solutions to care providers. As this is such a considerable growth we have investigated how NFC is being implemented within the care industry and why it is becoming so popular.

QuikPlan- NFC Software Provider

RapidNFC's client QuikPlan provide software solutions utilising NFC in the home and domiciliary care sector.

There are multiple benefits of using NFC rather than traditional paper based logging. The unfortunate reality is that paper based systems are open to abuse. There is no guarantee that the carer has spent as much time with the service user as is stated, or even that the carer was at the home at all. A traditional method of verifying visits is by landline confirmation. Landline confirmation is where a visit to a service user is verified by the carer phoning a free number and entering a pin. This is not really an efficient way to confirm visits and is still somewhat open to abuse. It is fairly easy for the carer to say that they did not log out because the service user was using the landline at the time and then to simply make up the time they left the home.

QuikPlan's Mobile App

Nick Patrick of QuikPlan explained to RapidNFC how the software their company has developed over the years is providing care companies with an innovative ways verifying visits and authenticating the data provided.

QuikPlan uses NFC, opposed to QR codes and alternative technologies, for two primary reasons. The first is that, using the tags unique ID, they can link a universally specific tag to a service user and lock the data. This means that a tag that has been assigned to the service user cannot be duplicated and the data cannot be altered. The app sends the geo location of the tag once it has been scanned, so if the NFC tag is moved from outside of the service users home this is immediately logged. The tag authenticates the carers visit and is effectively tamper proof.

The second reason QuikPlan use NFC is for usability and performance. Nick explains that NFC, whilst also being more reliable and secure than alternative technologies, is very easy to use. Carers simply have to hold their mobile phone to the tag and tap clock in or clock out. Whilst the tag then performs multiple functions the majority of this is processed through the backend system; from the perspective of the carer they have simply held the phone to a sticker and can now get to work helping their service user. The performance is seamless and you do not have the alignment issues and duplication concerns you may have with QR codes.

Another benefit of this system is that everything is updated in real time, meaning checking in and checking out of visits and carer's notes are immediately updated. The information is instantly available saving on admin efforts and costs. The app also logs the time, date and location when the tag is scanned. If the phone has signal this is uploaded in real time, however as the app is a database in its own right the data is logged regardless and updated once the phone has signal. The app polls every 10 minutes. Whilst QuikPlan's software is suited ideally to domiciliary care there is no real reason why it cannot be adapted and used for both residential care and supported living.

For further information on how the software works please click here.


With software such as QuikPlan's mobile app readily available and so extensive in its capabilities we are not surprised by the substantial annual increase in sales within the care sector. NFC is offering innovative ways of making life as easy as possible for carers with seamless clocking in and out, providing GPS mapping and directions to appointments. The software used is also providing care companies with pioneering ways to ensure that each service user is being visited for the correct amount of time and that these visits are authenticated. More than this the app is actually providing ways for care companies and providers to become more flexible and dynamic with the way in which the carers time is managed. With the database of information that is collected on both the carers and service users companies now have the tools to help provide the most effective and efficient care possible.

This is a use case of NFC that can genuinely make a difference to people's lives. It simplifies the entire process to ensure carers have the maximum amount of time to perform their duties whilst ensuring that the system is not being abused.

22 October 2015 : Opinion

NFC’s march towards the mainstream continues through Apple and Android Pay, in fact soon you might see NFC tags pop up around your local supermarket. We have been in contact with various retailers in both the UK and Europe recently regarding the use of NFC throughout stores for both large and small scale projects. Through discussions we have developed an interesting picture of what the future potentially has in store for NFC use in Supermarkets and how NFC can be used to add value to customer experience. We have observed three major categories of interest: Store level tagging, Aisle level tagging and Product level tagging.

The use of NFC is an innovative way to aid a customer’s decision making, improving the overall shopping experience and getting customers to interact more with the products available and the brand in general.

NFC use in Supermarkets
Store level tagging

Store level tagging encompasses bigger and more general store marketing campaigns. The two best examples of this are smart posters and in store promotions.

Smart posters are the ideal starting point for introducing NFC into stores. Smart posters are very easy to create as they only require a standard NFC enabled tag to be placed on top of, or behind, a standard poster. This makes it extremely cost effective to transform a standard poster into a “smart poster”. By adding an NFC chip to a standard poster a Supermarket can create an interactive marketing tool to engage with customers by:
- Offering vouchers and in-store Promotions
- Providing clients with important information
- Linking to online and social media content
- Linking to video content and advertisements

The same concept used for smart posters can also be applied to a variety of promotional products. For instance a supermarket can hand out leaflets or postcards and give away free promo goods (i.e. pens, fridge magnets etc.) each encoded with offers or links to online content. These are innovative and interactive ways to increase the effectiveness of any marketing campaign.

Aisle level tagging

Aisle level tagging can be used for general group information. Aisle level tagging is somewhat similar to product level tagging, however it can be used to offer more generic advice and product comparisons. Aisle tagging would require less tags than product tagging so it could be used as a cheaper alternative.

Aisle level tagging is particularly useful for customers if they require generic advice about a product range. A good example of this is wine. A customer may want advice on what the best type of wine would be for a dinner party. By scanning the tag in the wine aisle they would be able to enter information about the food they are cooking and the app would advise what wine would pair well with such a meal. Whilst product level tagging is good for specific product details, aisle level tagging is useful for a customer who does not necessarily know what product they would like or need.

Product level tagging

Product level tagging would be the most innovative and complex of the 3 categories. This would provide customers with an extensive range of information on every single product including:
- Nutrition information
- Product descriptions
- Deals and offers
- Ingredients
- Information on the manufacturer of the product

Whilst product tagging may begin with basic information there is room for Supermarkets to expand in to more creative areas. For instance, based on the product you have scanned, the app could cross-sell alternative and complimentary products and even offer recipe and cooking advice for that particular product.


The use of NFC in supermarkets would be a great way to get customers to interact more with the store brand and the goods on offer. We expect more and more Supermarkets to begin with initially small campaigns trialling the use of tags in stores soon. It is also worth noting that this blog focuses solely on potential marketing benefits and customer interaction with the supermarkets brand from NFC use. There are also several ways NFC could be used “behind the scenes” in supermarkets; specifically for tracking and asset management purposes, and in fact the same NFC tags could be used by both employees and consumers !

06 October 2015 : Case Study

Technology is created, primarily, to make our lives easier. There are, of course, other factors that drive creation of technology, but technology is fundamentally the application of a method into a procedure in order to make that process as efficient and practical as possible. In other words, technology contributes to automating a system to make tasks as effortless and quick as possible. We have recently provided US based Chexology with NFC tags to implement in to their automated storage and rental systems for use at the recent US Tennis Open and this got us thinking of the role NFC can, and does, play in automated systems.


So, what are benefits of having an automated system for storage and rentals?

First and foremost it is convenient. It is a 21st century solution for an age old problem. Let's face it, tickets can be hassle. They are easily misplaced, they are easily damaged and they seem to go missing at the exact moment you need it. If you have a system that enables you to check a coat into and out of an event without a ticket it simply makes life easier for you. No ticket, no hassle.

The system helps to create seamless check-ins without the use of tickets, yet still the system remains secure. Rather than having a paper ticket the system works through the individual's mobile phone number.

There are also benefits for those who implement the system in to their businesses. Whilst providing a more efficient checking-in system, something any attendee would undoubtedly appreciate; they are also able to engage with guests through on-site activations, targeted messaging, and social media campaigns- all at the touch of a finger!

Chexology: NFC and Automation
How Does It Work?

For full details on how different aspects of how Chexology's automated system works please visit their website by clicking here. The system essentially works as follows:
- You are able to check in and retrieve items by simply providing your phone number
- This enables the check-in process to be completed quickly. In fact, the system has the capability to check in 95 items per hour, per attendant, and an average check out speed of just 22 seconds.
- The system provides peace of mind through visual identification and item tracking, providing fool-proof safeguards to theft and misplacements.

This type of automated system can be used for in various locations including airports, events, clubs, and festivals; essentially any situation you can think of where you would not like to be carrying belongings on your person for an extended period of time.

The system uses NFC tags, and specifically the unique ID of each tag, to assign that specific item to an individual through an NFC App. The global unique identifier makes NFC the perfect technology to use for both rental and coat checking systems as it essentially has a built-in authentication system. It means that the operator simply has to scan the tag and almost immediately this is assigned to an individual through the app. It is a smart and efficient way to check goods in and out.


The use of NFC in automated systems is one of the more practical uses of NFC. NFC seemingly fits perfectly in to such systems due to the nature of the technology itself, not least because of its usability and the chips globally unique identifier. We at RapidNFC expect to see more and more automated systems utilising the power of NFC to help to make things as efficient and effective as possible in the future.

28 September 2015 : Case Study

At RapidNFC, we are constantly amazed by the innovative ways our customers deploy NFC. The ease with which NFC can be adapted and integrated into existing platforms means that many different systems are now becoming NFC enabled. Our position and experience as one of the leading online suppliers of NFC means that we often work with new and exciting NFC uses.

Where’s Fido Gone?

A recent example of this is when we worked with BSafePet to provide them with tough NFC medals for their original pet registration system. BSafePet is a recently released platform that allows pet owners to register their pets' data to an online account which is then associated with an NFC medal that can be affixed to the pet’s collar, a great safeguard for lost pets!

While microchipping, where a small RFID chip is implanted directly into the pet, is common in many countries (and it does help identify lost animals), there is the drawback that most people don't own an RFID scanner! As such, when people find lost animals they need to take them to a vet to be checked and scanned, which may be pointless if the pet in question does not even have a chip.

BSafePet's medals are a lot easier to read than current RFID chip techniques. The NFC antenna can be scanned by any NFC enabled device allowing many Android, Windows and BlackBerry users to quickly and easily scan the tag to bring up the pets and the owners information from the cloud. This information covers everything from the owner’s phone number to insurance details and allergies. Furthermore, the information is dynamic, the owner can log onto their BSafePet profile at any point to update contact or medication information for their pet. As such, the owners can easily be reached if their beloved pet goes missing.

The medal also includes a unique QR code which links to the users account so that, even if a device doesn't contain NFC, it can still scan the medal using the device's camera. As such, this ensures that nothing will stop the owner from reuniting with their lost pet.

NFC for Pets!

The integration of NFC into BSafePet's platform allows anyone with an NFC enabled device to bring up the owners information from the medal, ensuring that not only professionals but members of the general public can also be on the lookout for any lost pets. NFC's great benefits, its low cost and ease of use, makes it ideal to augment and improve existing platforms. As NFC grows even more popular, RapidNFC is sure to see more of these innovative NFC applications.

25 September 2015 : Opinion

Previous RapidNFC blogs, Top 4 NFC Trends for the Future and Skute : Social Media Meets The Internet Of Things mention the growing use of NFC in the physical world. The concept of using the “Internet Of Things” can be taken one step further to create “smart” homes and offices in the future. In fact this is not a just a vague possibility of the future, it is something that has already been developed. Domotica Labs S.r.L., based in Italy, is a company on the forefront of developing these smart households and offices using the power of NFC. Italian speakers’ can click here and here for a quick introduction to how Domotica’s software works.

The Smart house of the future

The whole purpose of a smart house, or smart office, is to create an automated system which makes life easier for us. On a basic level the system works by carrying out single functions, i.e. switching lights on and off, locking and unlocking doors, turning WiFi on and off etc. On theirre own this is not exactly an exciting prospect; it is more of a gimmick then an essential part of day to day life. Lets be honest, does it really take much more effort to switch a light off or look a door as it does to scan a tag?

There are scenarios where using single tags to carry out basic functions could be useful for practical reasons. If you would like, for example, to have a light switch on the outside of a room it would take some effort to rewire the electrics to accommodate this. It is a lot easier to simply attach an NFC tag to the outside of the room. It may also be useful to lock and unlock doors using an app rather than having various sets of keys for each member of a household or office.

However, it is when you combine these functions that the prospect becomes far more exciting and useful. A smart house system really breaks ground when tags are multipurpose, or single tags are arranged in such a way that with a couple of scans you have completed tasks that usually takes 5 or so minutes to complete.

Take this scenario for instance. It is time for bed however you want to: turn your central heating down or off, set the heating for the morning, turn off your Wi-Fi, make sure your doors are all locked and turn off all lights with the exception of your landing light. This may usually take 5-10 minutes, however it would be possible to arrange tags (or even have a single tag) to carry out all of these functions from the comfort of your bed within a matter of seconds.

NFC in the home
How does it work?

A system such as this would use NFC stickers strategically placed around the house or office. Once you scan one of these tags through an app a message is then sent to a server. The server would then process the ID of the tag to fulfill a specific function. Through the app customers would be able to change the functions of the tag to suit their needs and programme new tags to fulfill different functions. Each smart house can be adapted to suit their occupants perfectly.


The concept of a smart house, in many ways, seems as though it comes directly from a science fiction movie. However the hardware and software needed to create such a system is already here. We at RapidNFC would be very surprised if we do not here more and more about smart houses and offices in the near future. It may well seem like something from the future, however it is here now and we predict it will not be too long be before it is a standard part of everyday life.

11 September 2015 : Product Info

As one of the leading online suppliers of NFC tags, RapidNFC offers a wide variety of tags covering a range of use cases. Although we sell a large amount of plain NFC stickers and disc tags for use in asset management, we also offer a range of customised, printed tags for marketing purposes. The ease with which NFC antennas can be integrated into products means that a whole range of NFC promotional materials can be created from hang tags to badges and window stickers.

Promotional Product Types

Promotional NFC products cover all sorts of media types. A lot of promotional products can be created by taking traditional promotional media, such as flyers and beer mats, and adding a standard sticker-type tag to it; transforming an otherwise standard product into a smart product! As you are working with traditional materials, it's very easy to adapt them and turn what was a fairly average marketing product into an interactive smart product.

Going further, we integrate NFC antennas into the actual material itself, creating a more durable, complete item. This includes NFC window stickers, NFC fridge magnets and NFC coasters, with a tough PVC top layer for durability.

These promotional products are great for expos, trade fairs and events where companies want to show off their technological flair. The conventional designs means they are recognisable and appealing to all attendees, while the NFC functionality allows interactive content to be delivered straight to consumers.

NFC enabled Pen
AA Window sticker
Uber Beer Mats - Smart Marketing

As an example, we recently worked with a marketing company delivering NFC Beermats for Uber. Generated by applying a thin, printed NFC tag to a standard beer mat, the beer mat offered a voucher for a free taxi ride- ideal for late-night drinkers at the pub! The NFC tag linked to a download link for the Uber app so installing the app and entering the voucher code was really straightforward. Furthermore, analytics were utilised in the system back-end, allowing the response from the campaign to be instantly viewed and analysed.

The ease of tapping and engaging with an NFC tag makes projects like this really powerful. Where sometimes consumers will be turned off engaging with content if they need to input a link or find a service on a search engine to claim a reward, using a simple NFC tag encoded with a link allows users to instantly connect with the campaign.

Uber Beer Mat

NFC products can be used as very powerful promotional tools. Their ease of integration and small size means they can be added to otherwise conventional promotional items. Furthermore, as the actual mechanism of engaging with the tag is really easy, they allow plenty of people to tap into and engage with whatever is stored on them.

These kind of products are great for companies who want to show off their cutting-edge attitude or agencies who are looking for a smart, connected campaign that can tap into all sorts of consumers. Here at RapidNFC, we are sure the demand for promotional NFC items will only increase as NFC phones become even more ubiquitous.

26 August 2015 : Opinion
The Internet of Things and NFC

The Internet is rapidly expanding beyond its conventional boundaries into everyday objects and RapidNFC, as one of the largest online suppliers of NFC products, is uniquely placed to observe this revolution. This concept is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) and covers the extension of the Internet from computers to everyday items, allowing sensors to collect core information and feed this into the cloud, aggregating and analysing useful data. The number of smart objects is endless with appliances like Google's Nest Protect smoke alarm and Samsung's smart fridge already seeing public adoption.

However, the IoT is not just being found in home appliances and accessories but also in wearables. In fact, Intel's recent competition 'make it wearable' shows how many new devices and ideas are being developed right now. While these cutting-edge devices are still in development, NFC wearables are already being used by many clients, where their ease of integration and low cost makes them ideal for linking people to the cloud.

NFC Wearables
Types of NFC Wearables

NFC wearables come in a wide range of form factors as the small size of an NFC antenna means it can be integrated into all manner of objects. We offer a range of NFC wristbands; from tough, silicone wristbands (great for extended use), to single-use plastic wristbands and fabric wristbands with a plastic plate, ideal for festivals, to Tyvek and other single use bands, perfect for evening or day events. NFC badges are another popular option, ideal for conferences where organisers are looking a smart way of linking attendees.

Tough NFC tags, like our Laundry Tags, can be integrated into new designs, further expanding the kind of wearables available. NFC tags have been integrated into jewellery, further personalising a gift. Thin, cost-effective clear tags can also be integrated into existing straps or bracelets, avoiding the need to create dedicated housing for smart antennas. All these objects, while varying considerably in form, contain essentially the same NFC antenna and so can be used for all the applications that a standard NFC tag can be used for.

Uses of NFC Wearables

The uses of NFC wearables are numerous, but can be broken down into two main categories. Firstly, they can act as link to information stored on the cloud. This is the case for conferences, where an NFC badge may link to the attendees LinkedIn details for greater interaction or NFC jewellery, which may hold a link to a loved one's message. A little while ago, we fulfilled an order for a charity, Dementia Buddy, looking to help people living with dementia. We provided them with a range of wearables, wristbands, badges, hangtags, each encoded with the wearer's name and emergency contact number. These tags act as a safety net, allowing the individuals to go about their daily lives without worry.

Secondly, they can be used as a unique identifier which makes them ideal as a smart ticketing solution for events and expos. Each NFC chip has a globally unique ID programmed into them that cannot be altered, so equipping every attendee with a wristband or card means each tag is unique to that person. As such, NFC wearables are excellent for access control. Not only can they be used for entry and exit, but the wearables can be used for interacting with various stands or exhibitions within the event. As an example, attendees could scan their wearables at expo stands to save information for later review.

For events, such as festivals, NFC can be used, not only as a smart ticketing solution, but also as a mobile wallet as we recently covered in our Vieilles Charrues blog post. This was done by creating a 'wallet' which was linked to a person's wearable and could be scanned to pay for various items. This kind of dual functionality is great as, not only does it cut down on the number of things guests need to carry, but it also means they don't have to carry cash around which isn't always ideal.


Overall, NFC wearables offer an excellent solution for a variety of use cases; as links to information held on the cloud and unique IDs for access control and more. As more and more NFC enabled phones are released, we are sure to see a rise in wristbands, badges, jewellery and other objects with an integrated NFC antenna. This all feeds back to the rise of the IoT, with more and more devices being released with connections to the cloud, creating a cost-effective, tightly integrated smart platform that can be used for anything from events to mobile payments and more.

06 August 2015 : Case Study

Our previous blog mentioned the growing trend of implementing NFC in events, including festivals. Vieilles Charrues is the largest music festival in France and one of the largest in Europe with hundreds of thousands of attendants heading to Brittany to see acts like David Guetta, Lionel Richie and Tom Jones. For the 2015 festival, organisers opted to revolutionise the way the festival-goers paid for refreshments by using an NFC payment system from Weezevent and bands provided by RapidNFC. In total RapidNFC provided over 180,000 NFC enabled fabric wristbands for festival goers.

NFC Payment Wristbands

Weezevent is a French ticketing and money solutions provider who have helped to sell more than 15 million tickets for all kinds of events. They help event organisers provide not only a smart ticketing setup, that helps with access control, but can also integrate mobile payments into the tickets themselves. This kind of dual functionality is ideal for events like festivals, which can last a few days and attendees don't really want the inconvenience carrying around cash. As the leading online supplier of NFC tags in Europe, RapidNFC was an ideal partner to deliver the NFC wristbands for the festival-goers on a tight schedule. A range of high-quality wristbands were provided, all with a tough, high-performing NFC tag linked to the mobile wallet of the attendee.

During the festival, over 50% of transactions were made with guests' mobile wallets linked to their NFC wristbands, compared to the previous year where people only used cash and card for payments. Guests could easily top up their mobile balance on their smartphone and, in a matter of seconds, be able to pay at bars, restaurants and shops by scanning their band. At points of sale, Caterpillar provided 1250 rugged mobile terminals suitable for the outdoor conditions of the festival. With peaks of more than 20 transactions per second and millions of Euros processed, Weezevent's system provided a very convenient alternative to standard payment techniques. The popularity of this new system reduced waiting times, limited the amount of cash and gave a live view of transactions as a whole and per point of sale.

The NFC payment system deployed by Weezevent at Vieilles Charrues was a brilliant success with organisers and guests alike loving it. We here at RapidNFC were delighted to be apart of such an amazing and unique festival and we will continue to offer our expertise and assistance to all client both large and small to ensure your projects are just as successful as Vieilles Charrues.

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