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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.
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.
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.
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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