FIFA World Cup finals to have RFID-enabled tickets

Published: 29 May 2018 - 2:12 p.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Fans attending this summer's FIFA World Cup finals will be getting RFID-equipped tickets, to help combat fraud and speed up stadium entry.

The tickets will be produced by HID Global, which has been appointed as the official ticket producer by FIFA.

HID Global will deliver more than 3 million secure RFID tickets for the 64 matches of the 2018 World Cup, which begins from 14th June in Russia.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket is a smart ticket containing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) inlay and manufactured with special security papers and integrates several security features designed to prevent counterfeiting and forgery. Data that is stored in a ticket's RFID chip is encrypted and digitally signed. 

RFID differs from traditional barcoded tickets, which can more easily be counterfeited.  RFID transmits the unique identity of a ticket and ticket holder via radio waves. Unlike barcode readers, RFID scanners do not need a line of sight with the RFID chips. This means attendees can simply tap their tickets to a reader to validate them and gain access to an event, speeding up admissions dramatically in high-volume events such as World Cup matches.

"HID Global is providing FIFA with a formidable defense against ticket fraud and simplifying the process of a fan's picking a ticket and using it to tap and go into the stadium," said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. "We're confident that this RFID solution, along with the other advanced ticket security features, will give FIFA and attendees an extra level of security and a better overall FIFA World Cup experience."

As part of the project, HID Global has also provided pre-personalization, fulfilment, consignment and delivery services for the secure tickets, in addition to the development of middleware and a key management system dedicated to the event cycle, including the libraries for the access control device key management. HID's ticketing solution represents a new way to provide secure tickets at an event and play ‘goalkeeper' against fraud.

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