Sonar 2016 Opens for Cashless Fun with Glownet

There’s an amazing energy in the air here in Barcelona today! Music and all round creative legend Brian Eno opened the Sonar+D digital and creative tech event, to a packed room of enthusiasts and fans. Perhaps the best person to open such a brilliant event as Sonar, with it’s awe inspiring blend of technology, creativity and business. After all, as Mr Eno says himself ”..art is the most important thing we can do right now…” and we completely agree!

“Ticketing in the past was about purchases, now it’s about experiences… The continuing meaningful personalization of the mass experience.”

At Glownet we’re super excited to be the official cashless payment provider for Sonar, their first and proudest partner, building on last year’s implementation. With our wristbands the whole event will serve around 160,000 visitors over Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night venues across the city of Barcelona over the mammoth three day festival.

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With a hospitality team of hundreds, Sonar is using 700 of our NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled devices at its bars, cafes, food trucks and restaurants. With our devices, we will decrease former old cash queues by around 40-50%, with no delays nor cash being lost and moreover no loose change. We want everyone to have a completely hassle free time and that’s why we’re super excited about it, now Sonar 2016 is official open. What a brilliant three days and nights ahead!

We will also host an exciting panel talk at Sonar+D on Friday at 13:00, where will will brainstorm and discuss the exciting fan-centric opportunities in for innovative event experiences, ranging from cashless payments to VIP and even health, safety and event licensing itself, with the CEOs of Yumiwi and Stubhub, as well as our own Scott, our Glownet CEO as well. Please feel free to join us at the workshop, right in the middle of the incredible Sonar+D area. All delegates are most welcome!

 

Demo Workshop Friday 17 (12.30) 13:00 – 15.00

Sónar by Day Workshops (P4 – Level 0)

TOPIC: How RFID technology can improve the productivity of events and festivals

  • German Coppola, Yumiwi CEO
  • Estanis Martin de Nicolás, General Manager, StubHub International
  • Scott Witters, Glownet CEO, and
  • Moderator:  Hubert Grealish, brand marketing & tech.

It’s going to be a great week and we’re super excited about all the ideas and energy already here. We will be sharing pictures and stories from the event and talks so keep an eye on our Twitter feed too for more updates @GlownetHQ.

One weekend, 4 countries, 2 continents…

Growing pains aren’t always painful. We’re proud to say that this weekend, we are deploying four events in four different countries across two continents. It’s a Happy Halloween for us indeed!

Starting in order of time zones, we will be deploying our Instant Cashless solution at Day of the Dead Australia Warehouse Project, in Melbourne. Following the success of the Sydney edition 1 week ago, we will continue to offer a great experience down under at our second Australian delivery.

Detonate Festival in the UK is following suit in the cashless revolution, offering their 5,000+ customers the benefit of shorter queues, faster transaction processing at bars, and increased security with our instant cashless solution.

Brunch Electronik, in Barcelona has added a Halloween edition to their popular event and continue to enjoy the benefits of our Instant Cashless system as they’ve done with all their Brunch and Piknic events in 2015. Increased spend, faster transactions and full visibility and transparency into their operations.

Finally, after our successful deployment at Kappa Futur Festival this summer, the promoters from this event have decided to implement Instant Cashless to their 15,000+ festival, Movement, in Turin this Halloween.

Glownet’s cashless revolution continues to grow, and our team is getting stronger, leaner and more experienced!

GMF 2015 Partners with Glownet

Glownet is happy to announce that we will be partnering with Gibraltar Music Festival to offer our fully cashless solution as our 36th event for the 2015 season. Graduating from last year’s token currency, GMF will be implementing our cutting edge cashless system at their two day festival with an estimated 15,000 festival-goers per day.

GMF will benefit by faster transaction times, increased security due to the reduction of cash on site, and a live reporting suite, which will enable them to make quick decisions on the fly such as real time drink promotions. Our robust post event reporting tool will allow the festival to make smart decisions for future events and increase efficiencies across the entire festival by being able to clearly see and analyze data which archaic token systems cannot offer.

Our network independent cashless solution will not only benefit the festival organizers, but will also grant festival-goers the opportunity to fully enjoy the main thing they come for; the music. By “wearing a wallet” on a wrist, personal security is increased, thus giving festival-goers peace of mind to let loose and enjoy themselves. Our solution has also proven to decrease queues which allows a guest to quickly visit any bar or vendor, as often as they’d like without the headache of waiting in long lines and missing out on the great music that will be lined up at GMF.

We can’t wait to roll out at GMF, which we’re happy to announce will be the 12th country in which we’ve deployed our solution. September 5th and 6th can’t come soon enough! We’re sure this will be another exciting partnership and great delivery.GMF Photo

Standon Calling 2013 & 2014

Standon is one of the leading independent festivals on the UK calendar. It is a three-day event with bars that run twenty-four hours. In August 2013, Glownet successfully delivered the first 100% fully integrated RFID cashless festival in the UK and was nominated for the Best Use of Technology at the UK Festival Awards. For the first time in nine years, armed with a set of Glownet’s consolidated vendor sales reports, Standon was able to see what was being bought and sold across the site, where, by whom, when and in what quantities.

In 2014 the team returned to roll out accreditation, access and cashless services to all 10,500 customers, including an online wallet pilot in association with PayPal. Using insight from the previous year’s reports, the festival was in a position to make more informed decisions; culling underperforming vendors, welcoming back successful ones and alerting sponsors to top selling products.

Glownet’s post-event reports revealed that in 2014, Standon’s on-site sales had ballooned by 45% year-on-year, with only a 25% increase in wristbands issued. This overwhelmingly signalled a resounding customer endorsement of the system through increased spend per head – all underpinned by informed management decisions.