The FIFA World Cup 2006 at Germany has used tickets of built-in RFID chips to prevent fraud ticket, 3.2 million tickets sold for 64 matches. 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is the first ever Olympic Games to use the RFID technologies on game tickets, 7 million tickets are loaded with RFID chips developed by China itself. This year, the upcoming May 1 opening of the Shanghai World Expo will also use RFID as anti-counterfeiting technology, the six months Expo is expected to attract 70 million visitors from around the world, their ticketing system will be the largest application of RFID tickets ever.
In order to gain the experience of RFID technology use on ticketing system, Shanghai has experienced from small-scale demonstration from 2005 onwards. For four consecutive years in Shanghai at the Masters Cup tennis tournament, the full implementation of the RFID ticketing system, which also is the world’s first successful case of RFID used on large sports competition tickets.
The RFID tickets for the Expo are not only play a defensive role from fake tickets, while the RFID readers around the Expo Park can read the visitors’ basic information through their ticket. In case of emergency, the security team can easily find a certain visitor and his certain position within the park; more quickly and effectively respond can be made by use this technology.
In case to avoid the long waiting queue outside some popular exhibition hall, visitors can also use their RFID tickets to reserve their “seat”. 180 self-reserve machines located throughout the Expo Park, visitors only need to choose their favorite venue, and then swipe their tickets on the self-reserve machine, a small receipt will print out which indicate a specified time to visit the Hall.
More than above, by use the RFID ticket, visitor can rent an umbrella or even a wheelchair. Therefore, if you are going to the Shanghai Expo within the next few months, take a good care of your entry ticket and enjoy the “Better City, Better Life”.