Electronic scanning – child safety at major events

Isle Of Wight Festival scanned-in all 50,000 public attendees as well as guests and staff with its In-Site system using optical bespoke barcode wristbands supplied by ID&C.

Using the new In-Site system from Intelligent Venue Solutions, the Isle Of Wight Festival achieved a new festival first by introducing a new child safety service which allows children to wear wristbands electronically linked to their parents’ contact details. As well as providing a fast and easy way to get in touch with the parents of lost children, the system alerts staff if a child tries to leave the event unaccompanied by their registered guardian.

Rob Langford, Financial Director, Solo comments: “The rapid processing of customers in to the site is a priority for the Isle Of Wight. In-Site’s technology has consistently enabled us to achieve this and this year we have been able to supplement this with additional benefits including enhanced staff accreditation and child safety”.

At Festival Kidz, we’re always interested in making festivals as safe for children as they can possibly be.  Nothing will ever replace proper supervision and responsible parenting.  But could an electronic system such as this one really foil an attempted child abduction?  If it works, then this would be an incredibly reassuring addition to a festival’s security measures.

Did you take your kids to the Isle of Wight Festival?  What were your thoughts on the In-Site system?  How did it work in practice? Did you have any concerns?

We would love to hear your views on this system – is it the future of child safety for major events? or should we be concerned about the invasion of privacy?  Comments please!

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