Together with their system house partner MediaSec Technologies GmbH (a subsidiary of Thomson S.A.), the Pepperl+Fuchs subsidiary Omnitron AG provided a unique and future-proof security concept for the Football World Cup based on the 2D code hand-held scanner MAH200.
While "general" visitors to the World Cup received a ticket featuring RFID technology, a significantly more advanced access system was developed for accredited personnel. Approximately 150,000 in number, these persons were responsible for fulfilling different tasks in the 14 stadiums. From employees of cleaning firms to soft-drinks sellers, and of course the players and trainers of the teams, through to the high functionaries of the game. Each person was provided with an ID card which had to meet safety requirements similar to those already in place for German ID cards (photograph, perforation, hologram, lamination, etc.). In addition, an individual person-specific access legitimation was also necessary (see Fig. 1).