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Intellitix takes majority stake in CrowdBlink

Cashless payment specialist Intellitix Technologies has acquired a majority stake in CrowdBlink, a mobile-first event management platform.

Intellitix, which provides the RFID access control and cashless payment solutions at events including Tomorrowland and BlizzCon, has processed over $1 billion in cashless payments since launching in 2010.

The company hopes the deal will facilitate the implementation of more lightweight event technology, through the use of CrowdBlink’s all-in-one mobile platform, that offers ticketing, access control and cashless event payments.

“We will now be benefiting from a proven team and a global infrastructure that powers thousands of events”

“I was very impressed with CrowdBlink,” says Intellitix CEO Carlo Chiarello. “They have an innovative product already, but once I saw what they had in their product roadmap I knew they were going to truly disrupt the industry.”

CrowdBlink president Jeff Jessamine adds: “We will now be benefiting from a proven team and a global infrastructure that powers thousands of events, which means CrowdBlink can now scale very rapidly.

“CrowdBlink will be taking full advantage of these resources and expertise as we develop the platform and pave the way for the next generation of event technology.”

 


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Isabelle Chevallier named Weezevent EVP Europe

Weezevent has appointed Isabelle Chevallier as executive vice-president, Europe, working across its offices in France, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Chavellier comes to the Dijon-based software company – which offers solutions for ticket sales, access control and cashless payments – from RFID company Intellitix, which she joined as European head of business development in January 2016. She previously spent 16 years at Sony Music Entertrainment.

Weezevent, founded in 2008, launched in the UK and Ireland last March, following the opening in 2016 of an office in Switzerland.

“Weezevent has all the ingredients to succeed internationally”

Commenting on the strength of Weezevent’s SaaS (software as a service) ticketing solution, Chevallier says: “This is a high-performing and robust solution that has already proven itself across major events in France. With a complete range of services from ticketing to access control and cashless payment, and a very competitive offering, Weezevent has all the ingredients to succeed internationally.”

“We are convinced that we provide the best answer to the challenges of live events,” adds Pierre-Henri Deballon, CEO and co-founder of Weezevent. “Our challenge now is to increase awareness around our product before we can prove ourselves on the field – this is where Isabelle comes into play, and her expertise of working in Europe will be key.”

 


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Intellitix hires new president & CEO

RFID specialist Intellitix has hired a new CEO with a background in developing high-growth global tech companies.

Carlo Chiarello joins the firm from the Lazaridis Institute (LI) at Wilfred Laurier University, which offers support and advice to Canadian tech start-ups. He previously spent over a decade at Blackberry, launching 50 smartphones globally and scaling many aspects of the business.

Chiarello steps into the shoes of former CEO and founder Serge Grimaux, who remains with the company as chairman of the board and will continue with international business development.

“I am very pleased to see that Intellitix has grown so much that it can now attract a professional CEO of Carlo’s calibre”

“I’m honoured and excited to be joining a market leader in event FinTech [financial technology] and the cashless future,” Chiarello comments. “Intellitix has many technology firsts in the event industry and a rock-solid team. I look forward to the next chapter in driving growth and scale.”

Grimaux adds: “I am very pleased to see that Intellitix has grown so much that it can now attract a professional CEO of Carlo’s calibre. Intellitix will now have the opportunity to continue its path to great success.”

Intellitix earlier this year acquired a controlling stake in LOC Pay Systems, a supplier of token-based payment systems to European venues and festivals.

 


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Intellitix acquires controlling stake in LOC

Access control/ticketing specialist Intellitix has acquired a controlling stake in Netherlands-based LOC Pay Systems.

LOC supplied 200 festivals and venues across Europe in 2016 with its token-based payment system and will continue to operate from its head office in Lochem, Netherlands. The firm’s 13 full time employees will remain under the management of CEO Roland Wassink.

Intellitix provides technology-driven solutions for music festivals and live events, and aims to bring Cashless RFID to 500 events in 2017, including LOC clients. LOC, which until 2015 was a division of LOC 7000, is its first acquisition.

“The acquisition of LOC Pay Systems aligns with our core belief that clients’ confidence to use new technology is centred around trust and proven track records.”

Serge Grimaux, Intellitix CEO (pictured, left), said: “There is a great synergy between our companies in our approach to delivering the best possible, practicable Access Control and Payment Systems to events. The acquisition of LOC Pay Systems aligns with our core belief that clients’ confidence to use new technology is centred around trust and proven track records.

“There is a fantastic team at LOC Pay Systems with a strong reputation based on multiple successes for their clients across the years. They will introduce our RFID technologies to an event or venue when appropriate. Where it can bring benefits to a client we know LOC Pay Systems advice will pave the path for the use of our technologies.”

Intellitix leader Roland Wassink (pictured, right) added: “Bringing Intellitix and LOC Pay Systems together makes us very unique for our mutual clients. We enjoy very close understanding of our clients’ requirements and their events, so being able to offer them a range of payment options from tokens to cashless RFID technology will be a great advantage to them.

“We have been researching RFID technology for several years, so we are very excited about being able to offer Intellitix’s proven technology not only for cashless but also for brand amplification and access control.”

“We have been researching RFID technology for several years, so we are very excited about being able to offer Intellitix’s proven technology not only for cashless but also for brand amplification and access control, with our staff project managing the implementation opportunities into Europe and beyond. This merger is a memorable moment in the history of payment solutions in our market and globally.”

 


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Calling all sleuths: ILMC 29 is a go

The International Live Music Conference (ILMC) will for the first time move to a midweek format when it returns for the 29th year next March.

The invitation-only conference, which, following last year’s classic videogame theme, will next year be a murder mystery-styled event, will take place from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 March at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.

The change of dates comes after a poll of ILMC members earlier this year showed overwhelming support for moving to a midweek format. “We’ve used the opportunity to expand the number of panels and workshops we can run, add more events and revamp the networking areas in the hotel to allow for more private meeting space,” says conference head Greg Parmley.

“We’ve used the opportunity to expand the number of panels and workshops we can run, add more events and revamp the networking areas in the hotel to allow for more private meeting space”

Other events to orbit the main conference include the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM) and Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI), both of which take place on Tuesday 7 March, and the Arthur Awards – the live music industry’s equivalent of the Oscars – which will be presented during a Gala Dinner at new venue 8Northumberland on Thursday 8 March.

ILMC 29 event partners include Live Nation, Ticketmaster, CTS Eventim, Amazon Tickets, Intellitix, Malaysia Major Events, Feld Entertainment, Showsec, .tickets and Buma Cultuur.

The new ILMC 29 website is live now.

 


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Electric Castle goes fully cashless

Romanian electronic music festival Electric Castle will go fully cashless for 2016.

The festival, promoted by Cluj-Napoca-based Boiler Events, will provide its 100,000 attendees with Intellitix RFID wristbands for both access-control and payment, which it says will result in “significantly reduced queue times, increased convenience and enhanced security”.

Guests will be able top up their accounts via the Electric Castle website, or set up an ‘auto top-up’ feature’ to automatically recharge the wristband when funds fall below a certain amount.

“Romania will be the 18th border we cross, and what better way to introduce our solutions than at the Electric Castle Festival – it’s a magical event”

Electric Castle’s head of communications, Andi Vanca, says: “It’s fantastic to be able introduce this new technology for our festivalgoers at this year’s Electric Castle. Our ambitions are to improve the experience of each and every one of our festivalgoers, and through speedy purchases via the RFID wristbands we will be able to reduce queue times and increase convenience for all, meaning more time to explore the amazing line-up and programme we’ve put on for everyone.”

Intellitix’s Serge Grimaux adds: “It is always exciting to deploy our services for the first time in a new country. Romania will be the 18th border we cross, and what better way to introduce our solutions than at the Electric Castle Festival – it’s a magical event.”

The fourth Electric Festival takes place at Bánffy Castle in Bonţida from 14 to July, and will be headlined by Sigur Rós and German techno DJ Paul Kalkbrenner.