For the first time, organizers of the World Cup issued RFID cards in efforts to increase security. Evolis ID card printers were used at checkpoints to create cards for credentialed guests including coaches, athletes, members of the press and VIP attendees. Card readers at each of the event’s 16 checkpoints were then used to determine which guests had clearance to enter certain areas of the event. Prior to implementing the new technology, World Cup organizers had relied on a system of colored badges, which indicated different levels of clearance.
RFID cards made the event much more efficient. Instead of having to train security personnel in how to identify the levels of clearance and which colors corresponded with which areas of the event, World Cup organizers were able to speed up the entire credential process. RFID technology also greatly increased the security of the event. Color-coded badges were simple to forge, and made it easy for unauthorized persons to gain access to restricted areas. Evolis ID card printers provided the safe answer for the World Cup community.