Winter Games 2010: LEGIC security in the German House

Winter Games 2010: LEGIC security in the German House

Zurich, December 17, 2009–The “German House” at the Olympic Winter Games is the meeting point for athletes, advisers, officials, journalists and visitors from the worlds of business and politics around the German Olympic team. Secure and convenient access to the buildings is being provided by an access control system based on the contactless LEGIC advant technology. Personalised cards for up to 12,000 people will enable controlled but flexible access to the buildings at the two sites in Vancouver and Whistler. Several LEGIC partners are responsible for the installation of the access systems and also for personalising the cards.

Access control systems for major sports events have to meet high standards of security and convenience. The decision by Deutsche Sport-Marketing GmbH to use the secure and flexible LEGIC advant smart card technology in the “German House” takes account of these needs. The German Olympic team, officials, commercial partners and media representatives will all benefit from an advanced security concept and the high convenience of modern contactless identification technology.

The “German House” has been the centre of organisation and communication activities for the German Olympic team for more than 20 years. As the host, the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB) uses these facilities for all important events–such as the daily press conference or looking after journalists.

“It was important for us that visitors of our facilities in Vancouver and Whistler are able to move around in total security, yet be comfortable at the same time,” says Axel Achten, CEO of Deutsche Sport-Marketing GmbH. “The LEGIC advant technology meets our high expectations in terms of security and flexibility”.

Dr. Otto Eggimann, Vice President Sales & Business Development of LEGIC, is delighted at the decision: “In the environment of the Winter Olympic Games, the theme of access control plays an important role. By selecting the highly secure LEGIC advant technology, Deutsche Sport-Marketing GmbH has chosen a platform which can be flexibly expanded to include further applications. We are pleased that the technology is being used on this occasion too.” LEGIC technologies have already been successfully used at other major events, such as the Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games.

About LEGIC® Identsystems Ltd

LEGIC Identsystems Ltd, with headquarters in Switzerland, is the world leader in the design and manufacture of 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology. The LEGIC product portfolio includes highly integrated LEGIC RF Standard, ISO 15693 and ISO 14443 compliant read/write chip sets, security modules and transponder chips.

LEGIC Identsystems currently works with over 200 external co-operation partners world-wide who offer compatible LEGIC all-in-one-card applications including access control, e-payment, parking, e-ticketing and other multiapplications. More than 2 million readers and over 100 million credentials are successfully integrated in more than 60,000 work and leisure places worldwide.


Marcel Brand
Manager Marketing Communications
LEGIC Identsystems Ltd
Tel: +41 44 933 6464