In a move that more and more conventions are making to help fight counterfeit badges, Square Egg Entertainment announced today that the upcoming Phoenix Fan Fest will utilize RFID technology. From the announcement:

“After picking up your RFID (radio frequency identification) wristband at Registration, simply walk up to any RFID-enabled kiosk where a Fan Fest Crew member will assist and direct you. Tap your wrist, gently, on the faceplate and listen for a beep that indicates you are clear to proceed inside.


Go FULLY digital and save some trees! Should you choose to register your wristband, you are able to attach products you purchased from our website, including all of your photo ops and autographs!

Registering your wristband is completely optional, but highly recommended! In the event that you lose your wristband, Phoenix Fan Fest customer service can deactivate the old one and activate a new wristband right away. However, if your lost wristband is not registered, you will need to pay for a new one.

To register your RFID wristband for Phoenix Fan Fest 2017, please visit  Start by entering the serial number found on your wristband. Then follow the steps by manually entering your information or you can link it right to your Facebook account.”

I’ve had experience with RFID badges at WonderCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and NERDHQ. It’s not too much of change but I like the convenience of having your autographs and photo ops that you’ve purchased associated with your wristband, Makes it pretty easy and you don’t have to worry about printing any thing out. No word on if Phoenix Comicon will be utilizing it but if I was a betting man, I would say there is a good chance. Update: RFID badges confirmed for Phoenix Comicon as well