Cricket Tickets Get RFID Enabled

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 01, 2006

Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), Gemini TRAZE RFID, NXP Semiconductors, and Smartag, have announced the deployment of “hands-free” RFID-ticketing technology at the SMS cricket stadium, Jaipur, for the semi-final match of the ICC Champions Trophy Cricket 2006.

This joint effort will cater to VIP guests, who can secure passes and walk through the gate without any hassles of check at the entrance. November 2, 2006 will feature this deployment.

Anant Vyas, media chief of RCA for the ICC Champions Trophy 2006, said, “At present, there will be about 750 RFID-enabled tickets issued to VIPs. The plan is to bring in this ticketing practice on a full-fledged basis for our forthcoming cricketing events, and also at the State Cricket Academy.”

“In future, as the number of RFID enabled tickets rises, such deployments will become more cost-effective. The cost may almost be equivalent to regular paper tickets issued.”

Aravind Pai, senior manager, Business Development, NXP Semiconductors, said, “The indigenously developed IC chips based on the (Identification Code) ICODE technology by NXP, is the field proven, contact-less identification, which will be used in the deployment. Each RFID-enabled ticket with an ICODE transponder IC has a unique identification number that cannot be duplicated.”

There is a lot that is being done for smooth functioning of this deployment. Gemini TRAZE RFID are installing reader terminals at the gates of the VIP enclosure, embedding RFID tags or labels on the tickets and providing the system integration expertise. Smartag will provide the tickets.

With this enhancement, RCA hopes to replicate the success of NXP’s RFID based ticketing solution deployed at all 12 stadiums in Germany for the recent FIFA World Cup.