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Record set for fastest access control system in the world

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How well fans, guests and operators feel is often a matter of how smoothly, safely and, above all, how quickly things happen at a venue’s access control. And – as has been proven this week – SKIDATA can now boast the fastest access control systems in the world.


On November 25, 2014, SKIDATA set a new speed record for how many people can pass through an access control system in a single hour; which, to be exact, was 2033, as SKIDATA CEO Hugo Rohner said following the record, which was set in the company’s own in-house centre:

A number that we can rightly be proud of.


To bring a large number of visitors quickly and safely into a stadium is the ultimate goal and one of the strengths of SKIDATA. With the company’s systems, it is possible, for example, to get up to 60,000 fans to their seats in less than an hour.


To demonstrate this high performance, SKIDATA set a new speed record in access control systems. During an employee event at the company’s headquarters in Grödig near Salzburg, the team had exactly 60 minutes to pass through a SKIDATA Vario.Gate access control system; the same kind of system that is typically used in stadiums and amusement parks worldwide. The event was monitored both electronically by video, as well as by notary Dr. Georg Zehetmayer from Hallein.


Rohner commented of the record:

The achieved number put the performance of both the SKIDATA team as well as of our access readers to the test.


SKIDATA AG has been setting technological standards in the access control systems industry for 37 years. The starting point was 1977, with the world’s first electronic cash registers and printed tickets for the ski industry. Since then, the ticketing pioneer, who is among the global market leaders in all of its business areas, owns more than 100 patent families, including for the first hands-free ski tickets, as well as parking barrier with integrated lighting and car entry with credit cards.

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Image captions:
Top: Notary Dr. Georg Zehetmayer (left) confirms the record number to SKIDATA CEO, Hugo Rohner (right) and Marketing Manager, Sabine Hölzl (middle).
Middle: The SKIDATA team is pleased with the result.

Bottom: Speed record: SKIDATA provides fastest access control system in the world.

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SKIDATA’s global expansion continues apace

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SKIDATA is moving forwards with its international expansion, and was able to increase its total revenue in 2013 by over 15%. In 2014, it has opened subsidiaries in Malaysia, Turkey, and Uruguay, and has acquired an interest in its Australian distributor.


SKIDATA – a leading global access control provider, headquartered in Grödig, Salzburg – is opening three new subsidiaries: SKIDATA Malaysia, Turkey, and Uruguay. SKIDATA underscores its international expertise and expansion strategy with the new offices in Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, and Montevideo.


The company has been active in these markets for some time, and been able to implement over 100 projects in these three countries already. Examples are the Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay; the Kerteh Airport in Malaysia; the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Turkey; hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul and the Sheraton Ankara; as well as the Turkish shopping centres ArmoniPark Outlet Centre and AVM Capitol.


SKIDATA is also strengthening its cooperation on other continents: the Austrian company acquired an interest in its Australian partner of many years, WTS, last January. Currently, SKIDATA is represented by 19 subsidiaries, 4 joint ventures, and over 100 partners in more than 70 countries. More will follow in the near future. In 2013, SKIDATA’s revenue reached to 187 million euros – a growth of 15.4% compared to 2012.


Hugo Rohner, CEO at SKIDATA AG, said:

Malaysia, Turkey, and Uruguay are important emerging markets for SKIDATA. In the last few years we have already managed to complete some beautiful and important projects with partners in those countries. We have now taken the next step and established our own subsidiaries in these countries. This allows us to offer all of SKIDATA’s expertise on-site and means we are always close to our customers so we can offer them the best service and support. Through our experts from those countries, we can better understand our clients and their cultural context.


The new subsidiaries are full-service, covering the entire supply chain, from marketing, consulting, and sales, through planning and project management, including installation and startup, up to expert customer service. The current teams located at SKIDATA’s subsidiaries are made up of trained personnel, who have already worked with SKIDATA products in Malaysia, Turkey, and/or Uruguay, as well as employees who have been transferred from the SKIDATA Group.


Founded in Grödig near Salzburg in 1977, SKIDATA has sold products from its headquarters to over 70 countries and now serves almost 10,000 customers, including ski resorts and sports stadiums, providing secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. Besides the headquarters in Grödig, development also takes place in Klagenfurt, Montmélian, Bangalore, and Dallas. The know-how that this expert in access control possesses is made available to customers from all over the world through the help of subsidiaries, joint ventures, and partners. Detailed know-how about products and solutions is available to international customers through strong cooperation between the local teams in the respective countries and the employees in the development centres.


Image: Hugo Rohner, CEO, SKIDATA AG. Copyright: SKIDATA


Motocross first run out for new Gatekeeper

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The FIM Motocross World Championships in Valkenswaard, Holland, used 10 of Mojo Barriers’ Gatekeeper temporary units at entrances across the site to manage the access and egress of the 10,000-strong crowd. Gatekeeper is a turnstile system which manages all aspects of entry and exit into events, venues and designated areas (such as VIP or staff only).

Gatekeeper turnstile and Mojo MD Cees Muurling

Gatekeeper turnstile and Mojo MD Cees Muurling

Cees Muurling, Mojo Barriers Managing Director, said:

With the rise of RFID, QR codes and mobile phone ticketing, and the vast amount of data these can garner for event organisers and sponsors, there was a requirement from clients for a hardware solution which hosted these technologies.

Giving a permanent feel from a temporary system, the Gatekeeper is suitable for stadiums and venues looking to supplement their existing entrance systems.