DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The ski industry is at the beginning of what promises to be a challenging year. The Covid-19 pandemic has complicated the 2020/21 ski season for many resorts. However, skiing can be the perfect, healthy recreational option for active people, and ski resorts can benefit from the natural advantages skiing offers during a pandemic.
SKIDATA AG is a global company and a worldwide leader providing access solutions and visitor management.More than 10.000 SKIDATA systems guarantee quick and secure access for people and vehicles in: ski regions, shopping centers, major airports, cities, sport stadiums, fair and amusement parks. SKIDATA AG is an Austrian company and is ranked among the worldwide leading providers of access solutions and visitor management. Almost 10.000 SKIDATA systems guarantee quick and secure access for people and vehicles in: ski regions, shopping centers, major airports, cities. ️ Parking customers enter, pay, and leave in a completely contactless process, thanks to the Freeflow® Solution by SKIDATA. ️ No touching any device – no barrier – no waiting in line next to other people. ️ For convenience and safety‘s sake, payment can be made digitally on entry or on a pay-later basis. Go to Start - Programs - SKIDATA - OPOS.Cash or click the program symbol on the desktop. To be able to log in to the advance sales system, a SKID ATA ticket printer must be connected and Internet access must be available.
With SKIDATA’s common access technology, guests can use the same credential to gain access to ski lifts, lodges, and other entry points that typically require a unique pass or access provided.
“Skiing is the perfect option for people who are looking for active, yet safe and healthy recreation this winter,” said John Keefe, SKIDATA Director of New Business Development. “SKIDATA is committed to helping our mountain partners thrive this winter by offering ways to support a safe, socially distanced skiing experience. We do that by providing a completely frictionless experience that allows skiers to reserve their access credentials from home and then use the same credential for parking, to access the slopes, to enter lodges, and to make prepaid purchases. Frictionless access is safer for both skiers and staff during this pandemic, and it’s much more convenient and enjoyable for guests.”
What’s new in ski access technology to help ski resorts prosper in this winter of Covid-19?
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The key to providing a safe and health skiing experience is to limit face-to-face interactions between guests and staff and between guests. Automated ski access technology can provide a safer and healthier skiing experience by automatically reading RFID passes and tickets and eliminating the need for staff to monitor lift tickets.
SKIDATA recently earned international acclaim when we introduced a naturally-sourced ski ticket made of wood for guests of the Kitzbühel Bergbahn AG in Austria. Each of the RFID cards is unique and controls regular access functions when kept in a sleeve or breast pocket of the skier’s jacket. The wood used for manufacturing the card comes from FSC-certified woods in the Alps, and the tickets make a wonderful souvenir for guests.
Common Access Platforms
The key to success (and guest health) this year will be limiting face-to-face interactions. To that end, SKIDATA has introduced access technologies that can work across multiple platforms. With SKIDATA’s common access technology, guests can use the same credential to gain access to ski lifts, lodges, and other entry points that typically require a unique pass or access provided by security personnel. The credentials can be provided on RFID passes and tickets and can even work with patrons’ personal cell phones. They can be purchased beforehand with a desktop computer or personal device, or through a special automated kiosk. SKIDATA’s Common Access Platforms promote the health and welfare of ski resorts’ patrons and employees by limiting face-to-face interactions.
“2020 was an extraordinarily successful year for SKIDATA that saw us partner with a record number of new resorts in the United States and Canada,” said Keefe. “That means that 2021 will be a much more enjoyable season for many more skiers who will be able to enjoy the benefits of frictionless access.”
SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.
|Type||Limited Liability Company|
|David Luken |
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|Revenue||312 million € (2018)|
Number of employees
SKIDATA GmbH is an Austrian company which has installed more than 10,000 access systems for people and vehicles in: ski resorts, shopping centers, major airports, cities, sport stadiums, fairs and amusement parks.
Skidata provides entry gates for:
- Parking Management
- Mountain Destination
- Fairs, Attractions & Arenas
within different business areas (Airports, Office Parking, Residential Parking, Public Transport, Mountain Destinations, Tourist Destinations, Stadiums, Arenas, Theme & Amusement Parks, Trade fairs & Exhibitions)
In 1977, Günther Walcher developed the first electronically printed tickets and cash registers, and thus replaced the handwritten ski passes previously used. To market and further develop these innovations, SKIDATA was founded in Grödig bei Salzburg. In 1979, the first cash register was implemented that used an electromagnetic stamp unit to print tickets. The System 320 was released in 1981; it consisted of a register computer and an automated output device.
1979: The System 320 was brought to market. It consisted of a register computer, an automated output device and an access reader. The access system supported seamless billing and connected larger ski regions.
At the end of the 1980s, SKIDATA released the first access systems with hands-free technology. SKIDATA developed the first hands-free ski ticket – the Keycard. SKIDATA utilizes 'hands-free' technology, also known as RFID technology. SKIDATA expanded its business from ski destinations to parking management.
In 1989, SKIDATA was the first provider of parking management solutions that allow drivers to enter the facilities and pay by credit card directly at the entry to the parking lot.
In 1991 the Düsseldorf Airport was equipped.
In 1992 the company equipped its first international airport, Munich Airport, with a parking management system.
In 1995, the company partnered with the Swiss company Swatch to develop watches that also provide access authorization.
In 1997, French chip card maker Gemplus becomes majority shareholder of SKIDATA.
2001: Takeover by the Swiss Kudelski Group in 2001 opens new markets.
In 2007, SKIDATA started its operation in India with a local partner Hinditron and formed a partnership business. After achieving great success in India during the initial years, in the year 2009, SKIDATA decided to form a joint venture called SKIDATA (India) Pvt Ltd. SKIDATA invested in 49% equity stake and Hinditron invested in 51% equity stake. During this period SKIDATA (India) Pvt Ltd has held the most privileged car access references in India across a variety of market segments. Customers include: GMR Hyderabad International Airport,Bangalore International Airport, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Inorbit Mall (Malad & Vashi), Oberoi Mall, DLF (Emporio, Saket, Vasant Kunj), Ansals, Express Avenue, Growel 101, Prestige Group, Brigade Group. SKIDATA (India) Pvt Ltd has also secured esteem reference like 10 Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cricket stadiums at Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Ranchi, Pune, Mohali and Hyderabad and one formula one stadium at Buddh International Circuit.
In 2010, SKIDATA fully equipped Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as a parking client.
In 2013, SKIDATA ensured that FSC was certified because only paper from responsible sources is used for the production of the yearly 40 million paper tickets.
In 2014 SKIDATA set up subsidiaries in Brazil, India, Uruguay, Malaysia and Turkey.
In March 2015, Palace of Auburn Hills announced to introduce a loyalty program based on a platform from SKIDATA.
On April 7, 2015 SKIDATA installed its 7,000 Parking.Logic systems in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
In 2015, SKIDATA opened its office in Tunis.
In 2016, SKIDATA installed a vehicle access management system and a people access system for the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow, which includes 42,000 seats in the stadium and 3,000 parking spaces in the parking areas.
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In March 2016, the access system of Familyparks has been optimized by SKIDATA.
In April 2016, during the Intertraffic exhibition in Amsterdam, the city of Amsterdam signed a contract which will see SKIDATA equip 25 parking areas in the city that account for 25,000 parking spaces.
Loyalty.Logic improves the relationship between operators and customers and has been developed by SKIDATA for the winter sports industry.
SKIDATA and partners provide Minnesota Vikings Fans a new Vikings App, which includes a digital ticketing option, roue finding, food and beverage ordering, merchandise ordering, push notifications and video content.
In May 2016, SKIDATA installed the new electronical parking management system at Salzburg Airport. The system manages 3,200 parking spaces of the airport.
In November 2020, OMNIQ’s SeeControl™️ vehicle recognition solution, powered by OMNIQ’s proprietary AI-based, deep-learning neural network algorithm (“SeeNN™️”), was certified for PlateTech.Logic, SKIDATA’s LPR software platform. SeeNN algorithms imitate the human brain in pattern recognition and decision-making, and are capable of the highest level of performance for machine data detection analytics. With this certification, SeeControl VRS software, which transforms vehicle and license plate data into valuable real-time information for quick and effective decision-making, alerts and activity reporting, can now be further integrated into the latest versions of SKIDATA’s PARCS solution.
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. This event took place in Grödig, Austria. The exact number was 2,033, which means that a stadium for 60,000 fans could be filled in less than an hour.
- Austrian State Prize for Design
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- Adolf Loos State Prize for Design
- Salzburger Innovation Award for Freemotion
- Austria's Leading Companies
- Landespreis Marketing
- Bester Lehrbetrieb
- Global Player Award
- Sport Leading Company
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