AND THE GOLD MEDAL GOES TO RFID ACCESS CONTROL

The Alpine Ski World Cup “Piemonte Mondiale” uses RFID to protect access privileges.


Background


The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is one of the world’s premier downhill skiing events.


Challenge


Races at the “Piemonte Mondiale” Alpine Ski World Cup draw large crowds to Sestriere, Italy, creating potential organizational challenges as zealous fans seek access to restricted areas to meet sports stars or gain a better vantage point. The event organizers need to protect access privileges while seamlessly running events.


Solution


The European ski race organizers used RFID technology to create an effective credentialing system that grants access to authorized individuals, including athletes, reporters, VIP guests, industry authorities and race operators, as well as their vehicles. Race personnel, stationed at 16 ID checkpoints and four parking lots, used 50 handheld RFID readers to scan ID cards and vehicle passes.


Success


The RFID system authenticated users by verifying data encoded in 5,000 ID cards and 1,000 vehicle passes used at ski events, enabling offline operation and providing leap-ahead advantages over previous paper-based identification systems which were easily counterfeited.