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HID provides smart ticketing for FIFA World Cup

December 9, 2022  By  SP&T Staff

The FIFA World Cup is utilizing HID as the provider of smart tickets as well as a custom solution for outer-perimeter access control and exit gates.

Featuring eight stadiums spread across five Qatari cities, the country expects more than 1.2 million visitors to attend the games, held Nov. 20 to Dec. 18. HID delivered approximately two million paper tickets manufactured with security features including a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) inlay.

“It is exciting to see our smart ticket solutions help fuel the fan experience for one of the world’s largest and most-watched events,” said Björn Lidefelt, EVP and head of HID in a statement. “Helping bring the world together for an event like the World Cup is what our technology is all about.”

As part of the project, HID is also providing a personalization solution for the secure tickets, including self-service kiosks for media seat assignment tickets, cabinets for tickets instant issuing with special printers for on-the-go ticket personalization, thousands of handheld scanners and on-site support during each match. An accompanying Event Management Platform from HID will provide real-time data and reporting, designed to help security officials and event organizers remotely monitor and manage everything from the number of attendees at each entry and exit point to media credentialing and crowd control.


HID also provided an outer-perimeter access control layer of security checks in each stadium and training fields across the country. To support this, hundreds of gates embed a new, patent-pending, UHF booster technology developed by HID, which serves as a companion device for common UHF readers to enhance the RFID tag reading capacity.

“Having real-time data of when ticket holders are going in and out of the perimeter is crucial for event organizers to ensure the best possible experience for fans to accredited people, as well as obtain intelligence as to where a particular gate needs more attention in terms of crowd control and emergency evacuation,” said Cesare Paciello, HID’s vice-president of Events and Mobility Solutions for Identification Technologies and head of the project.

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