WHAT’S HOT? NOVEMBER | TECH A monthly look at the newest products and services for the live events industry In profile PRG expands Robe’s latest luminaire, the T1 Profile, is designed for theatre, television and touring in one fixture. The new MSL™ (Multi-Spectral Light) LED light source is bright, with CMY colour control, and a new custom colour creation system and wide ranging CCT control from 2700K to 8000K, all variations of colour are possible. An 18-bit dimming system, and high CRI provides the natural skin tones. Robe.cz PRG Gearhouse has doubled its annual investment in new technology as the company eyes expansion opportunities across the Middle East. Having invested heavily during the summer period, the first products to arrive for PRG’s video department were the ROE Diamond 2.6mm LED screen and the award- winning ROE Carbon CB5 in their custom touring frames. prg.com Always greener WowGrass, the brand behind the real grass flooring solution for events, has launched its latest line of hire products. The straight grass bar follows on from the success of their circular real grass bar, and comes in options of 2m or 4m long. Sophie Moss, sales director from WowGrass, said: “We wanted to offer the option to clients/planners with varied event spaces, where a large round bar won’t fit.” wowgrass.com 46 RFID 2.0 By James Morgan It’s an exciting time for the next generation of wearable RFID technologies for events – and I’m talking from experience, after a recent visit to the Bear Grylls Adventure at Resorts World, Birmingham. Enter the BearTag was created by the Accesso Technology Group. The Prism technology is used to enhance visitor experiences whilst regulating their visit in terms of timed ticketing and controlling access to activities that each attendee has purchased in the vast complex. The BearTag resembles a chunky orange watch. It uses RFID to identify a particular user assigned to the tag, it is programmed at reception with a personalised itinerary – depending on what activities a visitor has paid for, it opens lockers, is used to check-in at each activity area, makes payments at the catering area, it sends notifications that include an individual’s performance on an activity as well as times a visit - so when your visit is about to end the BearTag vibrates. Mobile phones are not allowed in the facility, so the RFID technology activates cameras within the proximity of the different activity areas and takes snaps of the visitors. Images are collected at a photo base on the way out of the attraction. The applications for this technology at festivals and concerts are limitless. RFID payments go without saying as this in a strong trend now. However, alarm setting for acts that have to be on stage at certain times, the option of attendees creating their own personalised itineraries, auto-photo opportunities at sponsor attractions - especially when phone memory is full or the phone needs charging. But with my business head on this technology, my favourite application could create new revenue streams through added features that are not part of a standard ticket package.