Diane Moca: Electronic bracelets to eliminate need for cash at Naperville Ribfest

Electronic bracelets that allow Naperville Ribfest patrons to buy beer, food, carnival tickets and other items without cash have been approved by the Naperville Liquor Commission.

The wristband devices, known as radio frequency identification or RFID bracelets, are linked to credit or debit cards and activated by a PIN number entered at the time a purchase is made, Ribfest Chairman Joel Carlsen told the commission Thursday. The need to purchase beverage tickets will be eliminated, addressing a long-standing complaint for many fest-goers.

"There are benefits other than better, faster service," said Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, who chairs the liquor commission. "If something goes wrong, it's a method of tracking, like a bar with a credit card receipt."

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