ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2015
This was the 3rd year that RFIDentikit would deliver a RFID Pass Scanning & Accreditation solution for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 and it was a huge success.
The Finals is the year-end climax to the men’s professional tennis season, featuring only the world’s best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams as they battle it out for the last title of the season. Held over 8 days at The O2, London, there is a total prize pot of US$7 million and the event attracts over 250,000 spectators.
In 2014 we provided AllowMe which offered the front end Portal to collect individual & vehicle accreditation requests from Contractors, Sponsors, VIPs etc, as well as the back end admin interface to process all of these applications. However this year we created a secondary Portal to look after requests from Tournament Directors across the globe as well as members of the Grand Slam Committee.
This secondary Portal not only allowed these select groups of individuals to apply for their Accreditation, but also let them apply for Guest Accreditation, input their Transport requirements, Hotel reservations and also make Ticket requests.
Alongside AllowMe we also provided the on site RFID pass scanning for 2015, with several additional stations added from the previous year.
As per 2014 RFID stations were used to control access to Backstage areas, Player Lounge, Player Restaurant, Dressing Rooms, VIP Areas and Tennis Family Bars & Restaurant. Expansion in 2015 also saw extra scanning stations used for the Media Centre and two additional backstage locations.
In addition to these fixed on-site scanning locations we also deployed two handheld RFID scanners for use by security on the Boat service. The Boat transported Players, Entourage and VIPs from central London to The O2 every half an hour and operated a return leg back from The O2. To access the Boat you had to have specific rights, so using the tablet scanners (3G/4G enabled) to scan individuals as they boarded the boat, not only could security make a judgement call, the Event Ops team could view this data in real time, on-site at The O2. This data was invaluable to the team on-site to determine the movements of Players on and off site at any time.
We also deployed a short range scanning station in Crew Catering with huge success. Catering provisions were stored against the person on the system and thus through their RFID enabled pass, changes could be made instantly without the individual having to pick up a voucher. This not only made the catering staff & event organisers’ lives easier, but also the end user. There was no more hunting down the line manager so you could get a voucher to eat, or losing it en route! This system also wipes out people eating that shouldn’t eat, as well as providing instant & accurate data back to those who pay the bills.
This event is really something special and is a huge sporting spectacular at the end of the calendar year. Accrediting over 7000 individuals & vehicles in 2015, and with 20+ RFID scanning locations in operation, it is always a great project to work on! Big thanks to Hattie, Lottie and the rest of the ATP team who are always fantastic to work with.
We look forward to working on more ATP events in the future. http://www.atpworldtour.com