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RFID Brings Security, Location Awareness to First European Games

The athletic event's security provider, Main Development, used a Mojix UHF RFID solution to track where attendees went within three venues, and to ensure that unauthorized people didn't enter VIP areas.
By Claire Swedberg

The system served to provide a visitor's last known location rather than real-time tracking data, Stelter says. It also offered analytics capabilities, so that if a problem occurred with a specific guest, the security staff could review the route that person took.

There were no major security breaches during the games, Askari reports, which may or may not have been the result of the technology's deployment. However, in addition to having the potential to thwart problems (since individuals knew that their locations were being tracked), the system also enabled the better management of security personnel, since it displayed the number of attendees located at a given location, thereby enabling security to dispatch staff members only to places where they were needed.

Mojix's ViZix IOT software enabled the European Games' security and surveillance systems provider, Main Development, to know where attendees could be found and see if any had entered unauthorized areas.
In one incident, Askari recalls, European Games personnel became aware of an individual who was recording the athletic events underway and selling those videos online. The organization was able to identify that visitor, then used the Mojix system to determine where he was located, based on both his last RFID tag read and associated video footage. Employees could thus go to that location, find the guest and speak to him about his activities.

According to Stelter, the tag read rate was closer to 100 percent when visitors entered their seating area, because it was at that moment that they removed their ticket from a pocket, wallet or purse, and held it out to staff members. The tickets' tags also read well at concession areas, he says, but at a slightly lower rate.

"The use of RFID technology was a little bit ambitious," Askari says, though he was pleased with how effectively it worked. "If something bad happens, you can always use the technology to trace back that event. But you never want anything bad to happen… Everything went off without a hitch."

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