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RFID Brought Security to G20 Summit in Turkey

At last year's conference site, an EPC UHF RFID system confirmed the identity of each of the 60,000 attendees.
By Claire Swedberg
Jan 13, 2016

When 60,000 politicians and government leaders, along with their associated staff, arrived at the 2015 G20 Summit, held in Turkey, their identities were confirmed via an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID system, thereby sparing them from having to provide their credentials to security personnel. The solution, supplied by DDesign Communication Systems, consisted of 20 RFID reader portals installed at the conference's entry points, as well as handheld readers connected to tablets to identify individuals on the premises when needed.

DDesign provided its D-Access Software (DAS) to manage data about each summit attendee, including that person's name, picture, country or organization. The system, dubbed the Turkey Accreditation System included DDesign's server, says Ali Mahmut, DDesign Communication Systems' coordinator, where attendees could register prior to the event, and where they could have a badge with the appropriate classifications printed for them. Litum Technologies provided the Impinj XPortal readers, while DDesign provided badges with Impinj Monza 4 chips, and uGrokit's Grok handheld readers plugged into Apple iPads.

When a G20 attendee walked through an entrance portal, the RFID reader captured the unique number encoded to that individual's ID card, prompting the person's name and photograph to be displayed on the LCD screen mounted overhead.
The 10th annual meeting of the heads of 19 nations, as well as representatives from the European Union, took place in November at the Regnum Carya Hotel Convention Center, located in Antalya, in southwestern Turkey. At the event, the G20 members adopted a declaration on fighting terrorism, among other business.

Months of planning took place prior to the conference, however, in order to ensure the security of those attending. The challenges were unique due to the large number of high-profile individuals who would arrive, requiring security without disrupting those guests as they entered. The head of each member nation brought an entourage of advisers, diplomats and support workers, all of whom would need to gain admittance efficiently while having their identities confirmed.

Security personnel used iPads mounted on uGrokit handheld readers to re-identify individuals after they had entered the facility.
The Turkish government also needed to be able to identify individuals at the summit on a case-by-case basis if, for instance, there was a problem at the facility that required security assistance. With the RFID system, not only could attendees arrive without having their credentials physically checked, but security personnel could also confirm who they were, without physically stopping each person and requesting his or her identification.

DDesign spent several months on site to install the xPortal readers, and its technicians also worked to ensure that they could capture the ID number of every tag worn or carried by attendees as they entered the facility.

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