Beijing, where contactless ID card technology is already a booming business, will use RFID as an integral part of its security efforts for the 2008 Olympic Games. Recent reports indicate that China is now the world’s largest RFID market. Uses of the technology include access control, contactless ticketing, and tagging of equipment and hardware. So it’s no surprise that RFID will play an important roll when the Olympics roll into town.

To begin with, Beijing plans on producing around seven million contactless tickets for the 17-day event which is expected to draw some 800,000 visitors. One of the advantages of issuing contactless tickets is that they’re harder to reproduce. With the chance of counterfeit tickets less likely, there’s no need to manually check each ticket. This will help to speed up lines. The technology will also enable security to track ticket holders, as signals are transmitted from electronic ticketing systems to central monitoring centers.
Along with contactless ticketing, RFID technology will play an important role in facility access control, and, get this, food preparation. Yes, RFID will be used to monitor and track all food products being delivered to the Olympic village. Not only will this help to protect attendees from substandard eats, it will also lessen the chances of an Olympic athlete’s dreams being crushed by an untimely bout of food poisoning.