How to get Bradford Festival alerts on your phone

At Bradford Festival this weekend you can get notifications on your phone about activities and performances that are about to begin as well as other festival information.

Your phone (or tablet) will need:

  • The latest version of the Bradford Council app. It has been updated this week to version 5.4.6 on Android and version 7.3.11 on iOS.
  • Bluetooth turned on.
  • A data connection, either through your own 3G/4G or via the free City Park Wi-Fi.

If you have all those things, you’ll be able to get our festival notifications.

The first time you walk into City Park during the festival you will get a push notification asking you if you want to subscribe to festival alerts.

Bradford Council app alert for Bradford Festival
This alert from our app will let you subscribe to further notifications about Bradford Festival

If you open this notification and subscribe to further alerts, you will then get notifications at the relevant times for things that are about to start. Each message will give you an option to unsubscribe if you no longer want to get the notifications.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Bradford on this project. The expertise of their mobile technology staff has been brilliant.

To send these notifications just to people within a small area we are using iBeacons owned by the University. The beacons are small battery-powered transmitters in fixed locations which emit a Bluetooth signal. This signal is detected by our app and this creates each alert sent to your device.

We’re really keen to trial new technology to improve the way we communicate with people and to enhance people’s experience and enjoyment of events. That’s why we are also trying out Snapchat for the first time at this year’s Bradford Festival.

The use of these iBeacons is a pilot and we would really value your feedback if you subscribe to these notifications.  We would love to find out if they worked as you expected and if they added to your festival experience.

We would also like to know any other great ideas you might have for how beacons or other technology could be used locally.

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