FORGET queuing for your name badge – a business conference in Huddersfield is set to be the first in the UK to use a high-tech system to register delegates.
Organisers of the Kirklees Business Conference – KBC ‘09 – have teamed up with the AIDC European Centre of Excellence to create a barcode system allowing delegates access to the event with the minimum of fuss.
Hundreds of delegates will descend on the town for the conference which takes place on Tuesday, September 29, at the Galpharm Stadium.
It features trade stands and speakers including Brighouse-based entrepreneur Carl Hopkins and is billed as one of the biggest business events to be held in the town in recent years.
Event director Danny Matharu, of Mirfield-based corporate events and recruitment company Hillrich Ltd, said: “KBC ’09 will involve a mass of ‘delegate traffic’ throughout the day as there will be a constant flow of visitors through the exhibition hall and to see the seminar speakers.
“Entry to KBC for delegates is free – and as different people have booked for different seminars, we had to identify a process to determine what each individual delegate has booked on the day. This process had to be super-efficient in order to cause as little delay as possible for delegates.”
The AIDC Centre, based in Barnsley, is a world leader in the technologies of Automatic Identification and Data Capture. This includes technologies such as barcodes, radio frequency identification and biometrics.
Prof Keith Osman, who developed the system said: “We are using 2D codes on the delegate badges. Many people may have seen them on everyday things like gas bills or tax forms – they look a bit like tiny crossword puzzles but they can hold significant amounts of data.”
KBC ‘09 is a one-day event featuring trade stands from more than 40 exhibitors, seminars and networking sessions for small and medium-sized businesses.
There will also be a Meet the Buyer event to explain how firms can bid for contracts from organisations like Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.