In order to prevent unauthorized access to the ORC, WOA chose to apply smart card technology for its access control system this year. Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS) together with Artemis Solutions Group (ASG) were invited to participate in this security enhancement project and provide a set of smart card-based security access control system to WOA. Around 4,000 credentials were issued using ACS micro-controller smart cards, Model ACOS3, which cannot be cloned as all the information is encrypted in the card module. ACS Handheld PIN-Pad Readers, Model ACR88 were used to read the smart cards and verify the identity of the guests. Data captured were transferred to the PC network system for compiling the statistics of people who joined the events or used the facilities in the center. The portable ACR88 allows a high level of flexibility and mobility so that it can be used anywhere in the centre.
"I feel very happy that ACS is the first smart card and reader supplier chosen by WOA to provide the security access for the Olympians Reunion Center”, said Denny Wong, Chief Executive Officer of ACS. He added, “We have truly made our mark and successfully introduced the smart card industry to this realm of sports".
ACS smart cards and readers were also used for the authentication of journalists and security personnel during the interviews with famous athletes such as Michael Phelps and Nastia Liukin. Moreover, credentials were issued to renowned international artists like Taylor Dayne for the musical concert sponsored by CCTV to mark the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
"This is the very first time that we used smart cards for security authentication in all our events", said Dick Fosbury, President of the WOA. He also mentioned, "I am completely satisfied that the ID system that we used at the 2008 Olympians Reunion Center ensured the integrity of our venue and enhanced the safety and security of our on-site guests"
Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, Hong Kong Stock Exchange: 8210), founded in 1995, Asia Pacific's top supplier of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Research Report issued by Frost & Sullivan) is one of a select group of global companies at the forefront of the smart card revolution. ACS develops, and distributes a wide range of high quality smart card reading/writing devices, smart cards, and related security products to over 100 countries worldwide, facilitating an easier adoption of smart card applications in different industries. Visit ACS at http://www.acs.com.hk.
Artemis Solutions Group is a family of companies that focuses on global technology solutions for biometrics, smart cards, PVC and ID Cards and custom printing. ASG’s international presence integrates all facets of design, manufacturing, sales and distribution of world-class security solutions incorporating biometric and smart card technologies. Visit ASG at http://www.artemis-
World Olympians Association unites Olympians from around the world regardless of age, sport or nationality. WOA activities include dissemination of Olympic ideals, promotion of virtues that make the Olympic Movement, fair play and advance environmental protection values. WOA also contributes to sport related charities, hosts special hospitality centers, involves Olympians in social support, displays positive role models and promotes culture of which sport is a part of. WOA has a network of more than 80,000 Olympians. Visit WOA at http://www.woaolympians.com/
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Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (HKSE: 8210), Asia Pacific's number one supplier of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: research report issued by Frost & Sullivan) is one of a select group of global companies at the forefront of the smart card revolution.