Legic Supports German House for 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

“German House” in Vancouver puts its trust in contactless smart card technology from Legic

The “German House” at the Olympic Winter Games is the meeting point for athletes, advisers, officials, journalists and visitors from the worlds of business and politics around the German Olympic team. Secure and convenient access to the buildings is being provided by an access control system based on the contactless Legic advant technology. Personalized cards for up to 12,000 people will enable controlled but flexible access to the buildings at the two sites in Vancouver and Whistler. Several Legic partners are responsible for the installation of the access systems and also for personalizing the cards.

Access control systems for major sports events have to meet high standards of security and convenience. The decision by Deutsche Sport-Marketing to use the secure and flexible Legic advant smart card technology in the “German House” takes account of these needs. The German Olympic team, officials, commercial partners and media representatives will all benefit from an advanced security concept and the high convenience of modern contactless identification technology.

The “German House” has been the center of organization and communication activities for the German Olympic team for more than 20 years. As the host, the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB) uses these facilities for all important events — such as the daily press conference or looking after journalists.

“It was important for us that visitors of our facilities in Vancouver and Whistler are able to move around in total security, yet be comfortable at the same time,” said Axel Achten, CEO of Deutsche Sport-Marketing. “The Legic advant technology meets our high expectations in terms of security and flexibility”.

Otto Eggimann, VP Sales and Business Development of Legic, is delighted at the decision. “In the environment of the Winter Olympic Games, the theme of access control plays an important role,” he said. “By selecting the highly secure Legic advant technology, Deutsche Sport-Marketing has chosen a platform which can be flexibly expanded to include further applications. We are pleased that the technology is being used on this occasion too.”

Legic technologies have already been successfully used at other major events, such as the Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games.
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