Event Attendance: In With Wristbands, Out With Tickets

One major decision that you don’t want to leave out of your event planning is how your attendees will enter and exit the event. Security measures need to be in place, or your event could turn chaotic really quickly. There are many steps you can take to help with security issues. One of those, believe it or not, is using wristbands rather than paper tickets.

Wristbands for Security?

The days of paper tickets are pretty much over unless you only have a very small group of attendees. Security, today, is something you have to think about like never before. Besides considering the safety of your guests, you want to consider other factors as well. Wristbands can provide so much than tickets can. Depending on what type of wristband you choose to use, you can provide your guests with much more than just a way to access your event. 

Paper or Digital Tickets?

Paper tickets can easily be misplaced, lost, or even stolen. Usually, there will be nothing on a standard paper ticket that even connects it to the purchaser. Digital tickets are a little better as they usually, at least, have barcodes on them to provide some form of identification to either the purchaser or the place purchased. Even these can still get lost or stolen. With so much identity theft going on today, it can be really easy for someone to gain access to a purchased ticket to make their way into a festival, concert, or other type of event. 

Digital or paper tickets also run the risk of being forged or duplicated; whereas, wristbands cannot be.

Wristband Benefits

A wristband is not just a fancy piece of colorful jewelry to wear at festivals or concerts. Although they may look cool with decorative colors and designs, they can provide a number of services for your attendees as well as for your organization. In particular, if your event is a multi-day event, your guests need a better way of entering and existing each day than just a paper ticket that can get lost or stolen.

Other than just theft protection, wristbands can be used for certain aspects of your event, such as entering a specific show, exhibit, or presentation that you have included in your event. If your event features more than one form of entertainment or program, you may want your guests to use their wristband for entrance to each individual. This can be beneficial in counting the number of guests attending each portion of your event. This information can be used to determine many things, such as what features are the most popular.

Using wristbands can speed up lines to your events. By simply scanning the wristband (dependent on the type used), the staff can move people through the entrance gates much faster. Your guests will certainly appreciate that.

The visibility of a wristband is more quickly and easily spotted than paper or digital tickets. This can be a big help with security control. Customized wristbands can also be used to differentiate various groups of attendees, such as VIP access guests, regular guests, and even staff.

Types of Wristbands

There are a variety of wristbands to choose from with varying degrees of security and information that can be incorporated into them. With custom-made wristbands, they cannot be forged, duplicated, or even lent to someone else.

Features/Wristbands Available

Various vendors offer many features and types of wristbands such as these:

Tyvek: A lightweight, but strong paper type of material that is tear-resistant. These are designed to fit any size wrist with an adhesive to secure them in place. In order to remove it, the attendee would have to cut or break it to get it off. Customization is available with options such as: organization logo, message, branded images, with barcodes, and QR codes.

Plastic: These are made from polyethylene and polyester which make them flexible and comfortable, while at the same time, tear-proof. Designed for one-time use, the plastic snap keeps them from being used again. Customization is also available for this type as well with barcodes, numbers, and imprinting. You can even choose the color of ink you want.

Vinyl: Made with three layers of material, making it longer-lasting. May be worn for up to 14 days, making them ideal for events such as music festivals, resorts, and other similar events. Customizing features include: barcodes, numbers, imprinting, QR coding, holographic, and hot foil stamps. Holograms are really thin layers of plastic. They can be printed on Tyvek wristbands or be customized stickers that can be applied to vinyl wristbands.

Silicone: Comes in numerous colors and patterns — even “glow in the dark.” A variety of personalized options are available to include six different inscription styles, over 100 colors, and more.

Cloth: This type of wristband is made of durable fabric that is very comfortable enough and can continue to be worn even after the event. There are two types of closures: one that is locked and has to be cut to get it off; and one that is adjustable, which can be removed without being cut off.

Barcode: The barcode type of wristbands are foolproof. This method serves as a great method for access as well as identification. These wristbands are highly efficient with increased security. Wristbands of this type can be in Tyvek, vinyl, or cloth.

RFID technology: The most highly technical type of wristbands are made with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. This technology can be used for cashless payments, contactless access control, and brand activation. With cashless payments, attendees can have their wristbands can be connected to bank or credit card. This allows them to use it for paying for food, drinks, or other products during the event. All they have to do is tap their wristband on a contactless terminal to activate it and authenticate their purchase. Contactless Access Control can be used instead of the usual paper form of ticket. All the details of the event with attendee’s name and access are stored in this system. Just like the cashless payments, attendees just need to tap their wristband on a scanner. Brand Activation, through the RFID technology, makes it possible for you to connect the attendee with their social media account. With this feature, they can share their event experience without having to use their phones.

Types of Wristband Locks

While there are many different types of wristbands, there are also different types of locks for wristbands. Some of these locks available include:

  • Barrel Lock – A barrel-like plastic tube that slides onto a wristband made of cloth. It is popular for its convenience and price. It is also one of the most secure wristbands available.
  • Metal Ring – An aluminum ring that is crimped with a tool and then pinches the ends together when closed. Good for large groups, particularly music events.
  • Loop Lock – Has a socket and stud lock which loops over it and fastens into a punched hole. Socket and stud type locks can only be removed by destroying it in the process.

Choose wisely when making your choice of wristband for your event. You want to make sure that it is going to serve the purpose for the type and size of your crowd.

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