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Behind the tech at Splendour in the Grass

Adam Bender | July 23, 2013
Byron Bay music festival to rock video streaming, RFID wristbands.

Next, the crew will send the video via satellite to Golden Duck's office in Sydney, which in turn will handle encoding and uploading the video to YouTube. The company uses satellite transmission because it's "the most consistent way of delivering the signal," Lord said.

Wearable RFID
Video streaming isn't the only role for technology in this year's Splendour in the Grass. In an Australian first, visitors to this year's music festival will wear wristbands equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

Intellitix will provide the wristbands, which are designed to prevent fraud and can integrate with social media for wearers who opt in.

The RFID chip inside the wristband allows visitors to check into Facebook and share status updates at "Live Click Stations" scattered around the festival site.

In addition, music streaming website Deezer plans to make customised music playlists to ticket holders based on which live sets they check into at the festival.

"The intelligent system aligns with our philosophy of always aiming to provide new and enhanced experiences for our ticket holders," according to Splendour in the Grass co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.

Splendour in the Grass takes place from 26 to 28 July in the North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay.


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