Sónar is Going Cashless

Glownet will be partnering with Sónar on 18 to 20 June in Barcelona to provide their festival-goers with a completely cashless festival made possible by our RFID technology.

Since its induction in 1994, Sónar has been on the cutting edge of both music and technology. This is why we’re excited that they’ve trusted Glownet to provide cashless RFID solutions and take their festival experience to new heights. We will be partnering with them at both the day and night events.

Our cashless RFID system offers an array of benefits to the festival and festival-goers. Festival-goers will benefit from reduced queues, faster service across all bars and vendors, and peace of mind by being able to wear and safely keep track of their wallets. The festival will experience a higher level of security by cutting down on cash points and concentrating them at centralised top-up stations where guests can add credit to their wristbands. Since Glownet will be servicing the entire festival, festival-goers will be able to use any credit topped-up during the day at the night portion as well. At the end of the event, Glownet enables promotors to provide festival-goers with refunds for any remaining credits, an offering which is lacking in other festival currencies like tickets and tokens.

We are thrilled to contribute our solutions to Sónar’s long-standing record of innovation, as it continues to blaze ahead of the music festival industry.

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Glownet Leads Cashless Revolution in Spanish Festivals

Industria Musical, a publication dedicated to covering the Spanish music business, has named 2015 the year of cashless RFID in Spanish festivals. We’ve always known that cashless is the future for festivals, and the number of major Spanish music festivals, such as Sónar and Barcelona Beach festival, among other big names, adopting our RFID technology continues to attest to this. It’s a revolution which we’re thrilled to be a part of!
 
The technology has been on the industry radar for a few years now, and despite some trial and error in the industry, it is definitely here to stay as it steadily improves the festival-goer’s experience. With shorter queue times, increased peace-of-mind, and a proven rise in customer spending – it’s no wonder that festivals are choosing to go cashless.
 
“We always insist that promoters come see our technology in action so they can see that it operates perfectly. Glownet has designed its solutions to be completely independent of the internet and electricity in order to ensure they function properly 100% of the time,” says Izan Coomonte, Glownet’s Spanish Business Development Manager.
 
The article mentions one key aspect of Glownet’s success; our expertise. We truly believe success comes from experience in implementation, something we’re very proud to say we have a lot of. With a busy festival season in full swing, we’re eager to continue the uphill battle of helping people understand this technology and not fear the concept of positive change.

Paradise City Belgium

Moving into Belgium this summer, we’re pleased to announce that Paradise City has put their confidence and trust in Glownet’s system for the first installment of their festival on July 4th and 5th 2015. It will be held on the grounds of an old castle, and is sure to be an amazing event. At Glownet, we’re all about making people’s lives easier and more enjoyable, from the festival organizers to the guests themselves. We will be rolling out our full solution powered by RFID technology to facilitate an express check-in, quick and easy top-ups at any point throughout the festival, reduced queues at all bars and vendors by speeding up transaction times, and the ability for customers to redeem refunds.

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Forging new partnerships – Live Nation Spain

 

 

Live Nation Spain has jumped on board to offer their customers an amazing cashless experience by implementing our RFID Access Control and Cashless Payment Solutions. We will be joining them at Barcelona Beach Festival on July 18th as well as the first edition of Hard Rock Rising on July 24th and 25th right on the beach!

These pioneer events in Spain will be implementing a fully cashless solution to their. From the moment a guest arrives on site, they’ll instantly see the convenience of our system starting with our Express Check-in solution. By providing each guest with their own RFID wristband, the festival will be able to offer their customers the comfort and peace of mind of not having to keep track of their wallets. It will also enable bars and vendors to operate more efficiently and quickly with our easy to use Point of Sale System. This will thereby provide a more enjoyable experience to customers who will find a dramatic    decrease in queues and will be able to more fully enjoy the festival and great music.

We’re excited for this partnership and can’t wait for these events this summer!

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Kicking off 2015: Fully cashless delivery in Barcelona

We’re partnering up with Brunch Electronik, little brother to Piknic Electronik, in Barcelona for a fully cashless delivery at their 6 events. These unique events held on 2 Sundays per month from March until May are family friendly, with activities for kids and live electronic music for everyone to enjoy.

We’ll be implementing our gPASS and gPAY solutions to enable express check-in and cashless payments at bars and vendors. By using RFID wristbands, guests will save time at the entrance with shorter queues and will be able to quickly purchase their drinks and food and get back to enjoying the festival!

The event sold out last year, and we’re hoping for the same this time around. Post event, we’ll update how it all unfolded. This is an exciting way to kick off the 2015 festival season!

 

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Glownet’s next 100% cashless delivery in the Netherlands: DGTL festival 2015

We’re excited to announce that our next completely cashless delivery in the Netherlands will be at DGTL Festival in Amsterdam at the NDSM Docklands on April 4th & 5th. This event is expected to hold 25,000 guests who will benefit from online top ups before the event, shorter queues, a safe way to track their credit and spending, and free refunds after the festival! It’s fast, easy, and secure. Check out this video for a quick explanation of how it works.

 

Glownet is featured in the Spanish newspaper ‘El Pais’

Picture for El Pais ArticleWe were recently approached by Ana Torres Menárguez, editor at El Pais, for an interview. The topic of the article which was published on El Pais’ online newspaper on Tuesday January 27th was about how to seek funding for a company and convincing investors with a 30 second pitch. Ana interviewed our CEO, Scott, for advice and tips. Have a look at the article by clicking the link:

El Pais: “Cómo buscar financiación para tu negocio y convencer en 30 segundos”

 

Valhalla: A Bizarre Ride

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On December 20th 2014, we rolled out a fully cashless delivery at SFX’s closing event for the year, Valhalla: A Bizarre Ride. At our second event working with SFX and 25,000 attendees this year, we were challenged with the task of introducing the benefits of RFID into the Dutch market, which has long been dominated by the use of tokens.

We successfully delivered our gPASS solution for access control (as well as a check-in pilot) and our gPAY cashless solution to all 25,000 guests. With 52 top-up stations spread across 52 kassa units and 29 vendors and bars on site, we deployed 153 mobile devices to achieve a seamless cashless payment experience. We also had 2 customer service locations, which we’re happy to say remained quiet throughout the entire event.

Through the use of our RFID solutions, guests benefited from shorter queues, the elimination of theft, and post event refunds – a huge plus to guests who normally have to quickly spend their leftover tokens at the end of the night, or bite the bullet and lose money on unused tokens, as refunds are not given with the token currency system.

Aside from happier guests who found more time on their hands to enjoy the music they’d come to see, Valhalla organizers benefitted heavily from our live reporting tools. These live reports gave the promoter the ability to alert sponsors to top selling products and empowered bar managers to make real time decisions regarding stock levels. In addition full event performance reports were delivered a mere 48 hours post-event including total real money top-ups by kassa unit, total sales, full vendor sales summaries including top 10 products sold by hour, and outstanding customer balances.

Our next event delivery: Valhalla Festival!

ValhallaThis coming Saturday, December 20th, we’ll be closing out 2014 with a bang in Amsterdam at Valhalla Festival. We’re excited to keep breaking through the Dutch market which has long been dominated by tokens, by introducing this large event to the ease and convenience of a fully cashless event.

We’ve gained some attention in the press as well. You can read what Entertainment Business and EDM magazine Club Life, have to say about Valhalla choosing to go fully cashless. Check back after Christmas to see how this event delivery rolled out for the expected 25,000+ guests.

 

 

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