Over the past few months, ID&C have been busy investing in advanced HD printer technology and bespoke state-of-the-art software, meaning we can now officially announce the release of our new HD Vinyl Printer.
Printing on our comfortable and durable Vinyl Wristbands has traditionally been limited to single colour print, but we can now offer our customers full CMYK colour along with a greater range of customisable options, impeccable print quality and super-fast turnarounds!
New print features include:
Full CMYK colour & white HD printing
Enhanced colour prints & improved detailing
Ability to print photographic imagery
Barcoding, QR codes, serialisation & variable data
Waterproof, scratch proof, flexible & durable material
Faster production times
One colour, two colour & full colour options available
Produced in the UK
See our printer in action
Free sample packs
Free Sample packs for our new full colour vinyl wristbands are now available. Please request here and we'll post some out to you.
Alternatively, get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable sales team to find out more about our new printing services or to request a quote.
The use of RFID wristbands for resorts and attractions has grown significantly in the past 5 years.
Ever since Disney’s MagicBand burst on the scene in 2013, the theme park industry has rapidly adopted RFID technology. Age-old paper wristbands and tickets are being replaced with cutting-edge state-of-the-art contactless passes, in the form of wristbands or cards.
But, RFID tags are nothing new in the leisure industry, hotel key cards have utilised RFID since early 2000.
Now, attractions are rolling out the technology across multiple functions, putting RFID technology at the heart of their operation.
Less time waiting in line for guests, and increased revenues for owners are just two of the well-documented benefits of RFID wristbands. But, there are many other ways to get more bang for your RFID buck.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 8 benefits RFID wristbands can bring to your attraction, resort or theme park.
Improve Guest Check-in and Entry
Nobody likes waiting in line.
Check-in is the gateway to the rest of the attraction. Whether a hotel or a theme park, overcomplicated admission processes, will frustrate guests and negatively affect their experience.
RFID systems speed-up access control. RFID cards or wristbands can pre-authorise and sent out in the mail, allowing guests to self check-in on arrival.
This gives your guests control over their check-in, can reduce staff costs and improve first impressions.
RFID cards or wristbands can easily be re-programmed on the fly via a POS if they are lost or stolen.
Put simply, RFID works like a contactless credit card.
RFID wristbands enable cashless payments, allowing guests to pay for drinks, food, and merchandise with a quick and easy ‘tap’. All without having to worry about handling soggy cash or carrying around a wallet.
Furthermore, the disassociation with cash that comes from using RFID wristbands results in an average increase spend per-head of between 15-30%.
A Hands-Free Experience
RFID wristbands reduce stress. Freeing-up guests from carrying cash, keys, and credit cards allows them to enjoy resort facilities without a worry in the world.
So that they can focus on having fun at the attraction - increasing impulse spending on rides, restaurants, and retail.
This is something that Universal Studios Florida has invested heavily in at their third park Volcano Bay, which opened in 2017.
Credit: Universal Studios Volcano Bay
Using RFID technology, their TapuTapu wearable band brings a new level of convenience with Virtual Line technology and lots of interactive enhancements throughout the park.
Guests can even touch their TapuTapu bands to totems around the park, to virtually hold their place in line. The band then alerts them when it’s time to ride. Talk about a VIP experience for everyone!
Allowing children to have their own wristbands for purchasing food and drinks, gives them a sense of independence.
RFID technology allows parents to set spend limits, or remove the option for payments, leaving it solely as a key for room and locker access.
RFID systems also offer ways of increasing child safety. A parents’ RFID wristband can be linked to their child’s, preventing minors from gaining access to certain areas or leaving a perimeter without their parents.
What’s more, our RFID wristbands are 100% waterproof – and can take on water rides, slides, showers, and even sunscreen lotion.
Security & Control
Operators will see improvements in their bottom line because RFID technology eradicates the chance of fraudulent passes that negatively impact revenues.
The opportunity for theft and fraud is reduced when guests only need to wear a wristband. There’s no need to carry cash, credit cards or even a wallet.
And, just like a credit card, if an RFID wristband is lost or stolen, an RFID system allows easy cancellation and re-issue.
Parents will find comfort in the fact that if a child is lost, RFID wristbands can be used to determine the last location of the child.
Fabric Wristbands Woven or satin cloth wristbands, which are fully customisable and secure. Available with:
-Woven or printed serialisation
-Barcodes & variable data
-Pantone matched lock
-Glow in the dark thread (Woven only)
Lanyards and Laminates
Lanyards with a choice of clips and attachments including plastic, metal and retractable options. Often bought alongside event passes which attach easily to the end of the lanyard.
Our customers frequently ask us 'what are the best security wristband features?'
Event organisers want to make sure that nobody can copy their wristbands and get unauthorised access to their event.
Why? Because oversubscribed events can be dangerous if safe capacity is exceeded.
And, it can result in a bad experience for guests that have paid to attend, which can have a knock-on effect on revenue loss, a revoked license and ultimately the end of your event.
OK, so this is a worst case scenario. But this is why security is so important for events, and one element of a safe and secure event is the event wristbands.
When it comes to security features there isn't a 'one size fits all' option. Every event is different and therefore has a different set of requirements.
We're going to show you 5 of the most popular security wristband features.
1. The Wristband Lock
What is a wristband lock?
A wristband lock is a small clasp (or toggle) that fastens a wristband to its subject's wrist, preventing its removal.
Every security wristband has a lock which, by its very nature, is secure. But, like everything in life, people want options. Here are ours:
The Barrel Lock: a plastic tube (or barrel) that slides one-way onto a fabric wristband. The lock has 2 layers of plastic teeth which grip the fabric material when pulled back, preventing the lock from sliding in the opposite direction, thus loosening the wristband.The 'Barrel' as we wristband folk call it, is by far our most popular security lock. It combines convenience, security and value for money. It is also our most tried and tested lock, and has gone through numerous iterations, with our latest version touted as 'the most secure wristband on the market' by one of our clients.The Barrel Lock is easy to close, even when there are thousands of people waiting at your gate. It does not require a closing tool and is not labour intensive.
The SmartLock: a plastic hinged clasp with a metal pin, designed to pierce a fabric wristband and prevent removal.This lock only works in conjunction with 16mm wide woven fabric wristbands, but when applied is extrememly reliable and robust. The SmartLock does not require a tool to apply, but is not recommended for audiences of more than 10,000 people, as it can be labour-intensive to close the locks in large quantities.
Metal Ring: This is a classic, yet very reliable closure made from aluminium. The aluminium ring is crimped with a tool and when closed, tightly pinches the two ends of the wristbands together. Although this lock requires a tool it is still a favourite among large music events and is known for its reliability.
The Loop Lock: a socket and stud lock that loops over a fabric wristband and fastens into a pre-punched hole.
Socket & Stud: The kind of lock used on all of our vinyl wristbands. Once secure, it can not be removed without being destroyed.
Self adhesive tab: This is the type of fastener used to secure our Tyvek wristbands and Chroma wristbands.
What about re-usable locks?
Reusable locks wouldn't normally make their way onto a list of security features. But, some events actually encourage sharing of wristbands and others simply do not have a requirement for controlled access.
2. UV Wristbands
UV (ultra violet) is one of the most commonly asked for security wristband features.
What is UV? Ultra violet is actually a type of radiation produced by the sun or synthetic light sources like sun beds.
Sounds scary. But, in the world of print and wristbands, the term UV is a kind of a slang term for something that 'glows in the dark'. The glow is triggered by a UV light, (sometimes referred to as a black light) that is often found amongst the lighting arrangement in nightclubs and festivals.
1. We can weave special UV treated threads into any of our fabric wristbands. This is a great security feature that is very difficult to replicate, especially in a short space of time.
To validate the wristbands as genuine, have your security staff and gate staff carry a small black light. The lights usually fit in a pocket and run for days on a couple of batteries. You can get them on Amazon.
Printing a security foil or hologram onto a wristband is a great way to increase the security and prevent fake copies.
What's the difference between a foil and a hologram?
Put simply, a foil refers to the material used, whereas a hologram refers to the visual effect created. Foils can have a holographic effect though, but holograms are typically made from ultra thin layers of plastic.
Customers can have foils printed onto Tyvek wristbands. Or, they can have custom holographic stickers made for applying to vinyl wristbands.
Printing a barcode is a basic, yet fool proof method of improving accuracy with access and identification.
It is very common these days to see barcodes used on concert tickets. In fact, some ticketing companies only provide digital tickets, which are only validated with a unique bar code.
Taking this tried and tested technology, and applying barcodes to wristbands helps an event increase its security as well as its operational efficiencies.
Wikipedia describes a barcode as "...an optical, machine-readable, representation of data; the data usually describes something about the object that carries the barcode."
For an event wristband, the 'data' and 'object' would be the 'ticket details' and 'ticket holder'.
In 2014, barcode wristbands were used to speed-up arena access for the 50,000 fans at the Isle of Wight Festival. The same technology was also used to link children's wristbands to the contact details of their parents, in case they got lost.
RFID is the latest and most high-tech feature available on a security wristband.
The benefits of RFID technology for events is widely commented on. Eventbrite, a popular event ticketing company, does a great job of describing the benefits of RFID in this blog post.
The three main applications of RFID technology for events are:
Cashless Payments - With RFID, event attendees have the facility to pay for goods via an RFID wristband that can be pre-loaded with credit and topped-up or connected to a credit card.Food and beverage vendors use small contactless terminals that enable users to tap their RFID wristbands to activate and authenticate a purchase.
Using cashless payments at events can increase on-site spend by 35%
2. Contactless Access Control - In this scenario, an RFID wristband can be used in place of a traditional printed concert ticket. Details like ticket type, name and access are stored on a back-end RFID system, and authenticated by tapping a wristband against a scanner.
3. Brand Activation - Using RFID technology, event organisers are able to connect attendee's social media accounts with their event wristbands. Via digital photo booths fitted with RFID scanners, festival goers can do things like share their experience in real time without having to use their mobile phones.
This provides event organisers with the ability to extend the promotion of their event beyond those attending, and in real time.
We work with industry leading RFID companies to help integrate our RFID wristbands technology at all kinds of events.
RFID technology can be embedded into all of our core wristband types, but is most commonly an additional feature of a fabric wristband.
No two events are the same, which is why our customers can choose from a wide range of security wristband features.
From UV print to RFID cashless payments, adding more security will improve the operation of your event.
Improving the experience for your attendees generally means they are more likely to tell others about how awesome your festival was, or how quick it was to get in.
Improved security + better operations = Happy people & more tickets sold
So here we are again, it's the Monday morning after a somewhat politically charged Glastonbury weekend, and as we snip off the wristbands and re-adjust to life in the office (with a very strong coffee in hand) it got us thinking. Just where did the festival scene we know and love today come from?
We may go to music festivals for a number of reasons, be it the artists, beer for breakfast or elaborate fancy dress, but it's the distinct sociopolitical movements in the 1940s and 60s that dawned the first music festivals as our infographic below illustrates.
History of UK Music Festivals Infographic:
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With another British summer just another the corner, it can only mean one thing – music festivals galore. That means it’s time for wristbands, polaroid snaps, sunnies (or maybe wellies), and so much great music.
For some of this year’s finest music festivals, look no further than London. Who needs a field in the countryside when an A-list line-up and whole host of fun is just a tube ride away? We’ve compiled a list of 2017’s best music festivals in London, including when and where they’re happening, as well as the must-see acts.
1. Steadily becoming one of London’s most popular music festivals, Field Day hosts some of the world’s first-class alternative acts, from promising indie artists and dance producers to quirky pop and folk musicians. To keep spirits high all day, the event will be supporting local charities and micro-breweries, as well as hosting a games area for non-musical entertainment.
When: Sat 3rd June 2017 Where:Victoria Park, London Artists to watch:Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Whitney
2. For the fifth year running, Hyde Park is hosting British Summer Time. With some of the biggest names in music – from Kings of Leon to Justin Bieber – the event now gains as much publicity as Wimbledon. BST is putting on a jam-packed week of theatre, movie nights, live radio broadcasting and tennis screenings. There’ll be trendy pop up bars and street food stalls too.
When:Fri 30th June – Sun 2nd July & Thurs 6th July – Sun 9th July 2017 Where:Hyde Park, London Artists to watch:Justin Bieber, The Killers, Kings of Leon
3. Set to wow the crowds for another year running is one of London’s coolest festivals, Lovebox. With a line-up that includes Frank Ocean, Chase & Status and plenty of heady acts, Victoria Park is the place to be this July. This will be a weekend to remember with games, ping-pong and karaoke, as well as one-off vintage boutiques and body-art designers.
When:Fri 14th - Sat 15th July 2017 Where:Victoria Park, LondonArtists to watch:Frank Ocean, Chase & Status, Jamie XX
4. Doing things differently, Citadel Festival is bringing a full day of music and fun to Victoria Park in July. On top of a fantastic line-up that includes Foals and Laura Marling, Citadel brings plenty of arts-orientated entertainment, as well as great food and booze. As if that wasn’t enough, this year’s festival will include a spandex dance-workout zone.
When:Sun 16th July 2017 Where: Victoria Park, London Artists to watch: Foals, Bonobo, Laura Marling
5. Head to Clapham Common this August bank holiday for a weekend of dance music at South West Four. The biggest DJs will be booming out big-room house, electro, techno and trance, and legendary dance acts such as Pendulum will perform live. If you can’t make it to Ibiza this summer, this festival promises to be the next best thing.
When: Sat 26th - Sun 27th August 2017 Where: Clapham Common, London Artists to watch: Pendulum, Deadmau5, Tinie Tempah
6. Set to be its last after a successful fifteen-year stint, the Secret Garden Party plans to go all out this July in Cambridgeshire – only a couple of hours from London. Sticking to its themed tradition, this year will be embracing a ‘celebrity’ theme. They’ll also be hosting a spiritual playground, scientific talks and creative workshops. We can see why the organisers wanted to keep this festival under wraps!
When:Thurs 20th - Sun 23rd July 2017 Where:Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire Artists to watch:Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, Toots & The Maytals
Winner of the 7th ID&C Grass Roots Bursary Announced
Now in its 7th year, you’d think it would get easier to choose a winner however as always, the competition was strong and the decision was tough. After much conversation and deliberation at the ID&C HQ, independent music and arts festival Samphire has been selected as this year's ID&C Grass Roots Festival Bursary winners!
We were bowled over by the number of applicants this year and the diversity of every festival was astounding. We’re truly inspired by the efforts everyone goes to, to make their festival a success.
Award winning Samphire festival tipped the post to win the £2500 prize after impressing us with their drive to engage their local rural Somerset community and to educate on environmental responsibility and sustainability, through initiatives that include a beach combing litter collecting exercise led by charity ‘Suffers Against Sewage’.
Co-founded by couple Flora Blathwayt and Josh Beuachamp, Samphire Festival is set to take place on the stunning coast of Exmoor National Park this July from the 7th-9th July. Their ethos is “to bring great art and fun people together in a beautiful corner of the world”. Sounds good to us!
Organiser Flora said "When ID&C called and told us we’d won the Grass Roots Bursary it was the most cracking news and such a fab confidence boost to know that someone believes in us. Thank you so much ID&C Wristbands".
Josh added “We couldn’t afford festival guides last year which was a real shame as it’s something a lot of festival goers (including myself!) really love but winning this bursary will enable us to bring them in which makes us very happy".
Sending a huge thank you to all festival organisers who applied to the Grass Roots Bursary during this busy time of year and we wish you all the best of luck with your events this summer.
Apply for the 2018 Bursary
1. Terms and conditions - ID&C Instagram competition. To participate in this competition, users must share their wristband image on Instagram using the hashtag #idcwristbands
This competition will run until 23:59 on Friday 15th September 2017. Entries made by direct reply to this T&C page will not be accepted.
2. There will be 1 winner who will be selected at random after the competition deadline of 11.59pm on 15th September, who has fulfilled the criteria in 1) above. Entries made after this point will not be counted.
3. The contest is open to residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) over except for ID&C employees, all contractors and families or anyone directly connected with the organisation, and operators of its brands and concessions.
4. The prize is a £250 Amazon Gift Voucher that can be used online at https://www.amazon.co.uk/ only.
5. If you are the lucky winner, you will need to provide your email address, contact phone number and home address as instructed at the time of being announced as our winner.
6. We reserve the right to provide an alternative prize of equal or greater value in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
7. Only one entry per person will be accepted. In the event of multiple entries being received from the same Instagram account, the first entry only will be accepted.
8. No purchase is necessary, however you will need an internet connection and access to Instagram. No refund may be claimed for expenses incurred in participating in the promotion, including in relation to the use of the internet.
10. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternatives in whole or in part.
11. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize from the date that they are announced as a winner. After this time we reserve the right to select a new winner.
12. The decisions of the promoter are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
13. By taking part in this promotion, all participants consent to us collecting, storing and using their personal data submitted with their entry for the purposes of this promotion.
14. Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be used for marketing purposes without the individual's prior consent.
16. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You are providing your information to ID&C and not to Instagram. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Instagram from any claims.
18. Winners may be required to participate in related publicity without further reward. E.g. provide a short statement about their win.
19. The promoter reserves the right to withdraw or amend without notice this promotion in the event of any unforeseen circumstances outside of its reasonable control.
You've got the event details sorted, your branding is on fire 🔥🔥 and you've got sponsors queuing up to have their logo printed on everything! Especially the lanyards... "the lanyards are the deal breaker!"
So now here you are, you have the logo and everything is in place but what the heck is a lanyard and what does it do? Don't worry we've got your back on that one, read on and hopefully we'll get through all that jargon.
What is a lanyard?
A lanyard is the bit of material that goes over your neck and holds a laminate pass or badge. It's not uncommon for lanyards to be referred to as: neck straps, neck ribbons, event strings, key ribbons... the list goes on. And, then there's those that use 'lanyard' as a collective term for the lanyard and the pass... no! Don't worry though we always know what you mean😜 !
What are lanyards used for?
Lanyards are used everywhere, from holding RFID key cards that opening office doors, to the coveted VIP and backstage passes used at events. They can be fully customised, with a choice of widths, clips and attachments.
Where can I buy lanyards?
Well, right here of course! ID&C has been supplying lanyards for promotional use, events and festivals for over 20 years. Our minimum lanyard order is just 50 pieces and you can make your own lanyards with our online design tool.
What's the average price of lanyards?
Our lanyards start at just £0.69 for a totally bespoke print!
What is a laminate?
This is where all the confusion starts, many people think this is also called a lanyard, it's not. The laminate pass is totally separate, it's the card bit with all the info on it. The pass can be attached to the lanyard providing it has been designed with a hole punch.
There you have it, a lanyard (the bit around your neck) and the laminate (the bit with the info) are two different things that come together to give you the ultimate event pass! - In the words of the Spice Girls, '2 become 1'. Most importantly though, both can be customised to keep both your boss and sponsors happy.
Hands up who's guilty of making a pledge to 'give back more', 'pass it on', 'make a contribution to society' etc. etc., but then doing absolute diddly-squat about it? It's not because we don't want to take time to fundraise, it's just because...well there is always something that gets in the way. 'I'm too busy, I'll vow to do something next month'...next month becomes next year and a new, New Year's resolution.
We found out the top reasons that motivate people to fundraise:
Wanting to support a particular charity or cause close to their heart
They are inspired by a person, whether it be a friend or family member, celebrity or leader, which drives them to fundraise
To feel good and help make a difference to others
To take part in an event and set a personal challenge whilst raising money for a cause in the process
Any of these sound good? What if there were fun, creative and easy ways to fundraise that didn't impact your time and work/life routine? Well we've been asking around and doing some research to put together a great hit list of ways you can get involved and finally accomplish one of your life to-dos.
Something for Everyone
1. Bad Dress Day: Get people to come to work or school in bad dress. Think 70's jumpsuits or bold print shirts with mismatching trousers. Or denim-on-denim...on-denim! Charge those who take part £1 and those who don't pay a fine(!) of £2.
2. Cake Sale: Easy to organise, everybody can get involved whether you're baking or sampling, plus who doesn't love cake? They make for a great social occasion that usually raises a surprising amount of money.
3. Host a gig or small festival: This will take a bit more planning but the rewards will be well-worth the effort. Think festival vibe in a pub garden with local bands, hay bales and kegs of beer. Donate proceeds from ticket sales and sell commemorative awareness charity silicone wristbands/merch to raise extra cash.
4. Auction: One's trove is another man's treasure, so grab that box of random stuff clogging up your cupboard, ask your colleagues to do the same and voilà! You have a charity auction.
5. Hair-raising fundraising: Always secretly fancied rocking the Sinead O'Connor look? Now you have the perfect reason! Be bold and Brave the Shave to support men, women and children with cancer. It's easy to get involved, just sign up online, pick a date and ask loved ones to sponsor you.
6. Clubbercise class: Hire a sports hall or studio and set up a morning rave. Try a theme such as 90's club classics complete with smiley t-shirts, rave glow sticks and UV wristbands.
7. Host a Vinyl Night: People bring their favourite track on vinyl and play it ramped and amped up on a turntable. Great for rekindling old memories and by selling tickets/food you can donate all proceeds to your charity of choice.
8. Work it at the Car Wash: Take a boring chore and turn it into a fun fundraising event. Use social media to advertise the event to your friends and local businesses, set up at your work car park or anywhere you can get permission for with access to water, and away you go. Make sure to get some volunteers involved who aren't afraid of getting wet (because they will!)
9. Swear jar: Stick a box at home or in the office and every time someone drops a swear bomb they have to put £1 in there. Easy money!
10. Come Dine with Me: Gather a group of friends and charge a set menu fee at each other's houses for a different course of a meal. If you're feeling extra competitive, you can score after each course and the loser has to donate more.
You don't have to give up a huge chunk of your time to organise a charity fundraiser. Even small-scale events can make a big impact if you spread the word and get friends and family on-board.
Its undeniable that giving back feels good and can be especially positive in a workplace. It gives people an opportunity to engage, bond and work together towards a shared, meaningful goal.
These are just 10 of our top picks for charity fundraising ideas but we'd love to hear yours. Share here and we will pick our favourite.