Typically, the practical applications of print ID cards and RFID technology is in the office or corporate sector, allowing and limiting access to certain areas within a building. It is becoming essential technology in this context, but the use of these tools can extend well beyond the aforementioned sector.
Recent examples have indicated how useful RFID tech is in the sporting arena, and it may be something for companies and retailers to consider ahead of events like the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
A new type of ticket technology
The first European Games were held recently in Azerbaijan, and a September 23 article from RFID Journal highlights the importance of this technology to the security of the event. By incorporating RFID tags into tickets for the event, there was an inherent security system that allowed and prevented access to VIP areas and the like.
The Olympic Stadium, the National Gymnastics Arena and the Crystal Hall Arena received the most foot traffic, and the tags in tickets meant areas were protected without the need for manual reading of tickets or cards.
Considering the 2018 Gold Coast games will involve some 1.5 million tickets, it is a consideration that could be made for future sporting events with VIP sections.
The RFID journal article describes how people were able to print their ticket on-site. A machine took a photo of the attendee, and synchronised the information to a unique identification number that was associated with them for the remainder of the tournament.
While the tickets were paper, it does highlight the practicality of RFID technology, and how it could be implemented for one-off events. Sports stadiums, governing bodies and the like could benefit from the implementation of such print ID card devices.
It may be some time off yet for regular sporting events, but is something to consider for retailers and organisers alike.