From turnstiles to events: new technology brings advanced venue management to touring sports, events and the entertainment sector

Fast frictionless access, enhanced security, simplified deployment, use of the latest Android and cloud technology; these are all driving the development of TeamCard 3, the new cloud-based version of TeamCard’s access control and customer engagement platform.

In the last three years we have totally re-imagined our latest solution in TeamCard 3, says TeamCard CEO Randal McLister. “When we launched in the late 1990s, the system hardware architecture best suited stadium-based events. The latest iteration of our product is a far lighter solution combining publish & subscribe data distribution from the Internet of Things, Android processors in all readers and cloud-hosting, thereby removing the need for server architecture. This delivers a robust and efficient technology for all our existing clients, as well as embracing new clients and sectors as TeamCard 3 can be deployed and managed centrally to almost any location, with superb security and resilience.

The new cloud-based solution is already being used at the world’s major golfing, racing and football tournaments. Other sectors like music venues and festivals are now also exploring the system’s potential.

Internet of Things

Built for the Internet of Things, TeamCard 3 uses broker technology to keep all data across any number of mobile reader devices up to date using only minimal data bandwidth. Live status information, instant messaging and location information is communicated wirelessly across all devices. Every device can be configured remotely, in real time, as venue requirements change.

Running on the secure Android platform, TeamCard 3’s advanced readers perform well beyond standard scope: barcode and QR readers may satisfy most user requirements today, but the ruggedised mobile readers have been future-proofed to handle the next generation of ticketing solutions powered by NFC or Mifare.

Apple Pay and the move towards tokenization

Apple’s decision to offer third parties a Software Development Kit (SDK) for Apple Pay means customer demand for secure token-based ticketing is likely to accelerate in the months ahead, and TeamCard 3 is ready for that too.

Apple Pay delivers the degree of rigour and security major events have been crying out for in ticketing,” says Randal. “Transactions are carried out using the encrypted security processes established for online payments, effectively wrapping ticket entitlement inside a secure wrapper that can only be read by a reciprocal reader.

In the months ahead, as venue operators see the demise of paper and plastic ticket media, we expect to see a spike in demand for mobile entitlement tokenization such as Apple Pay and other advanced Android formats.

The new TeamCard 3 solution has already been deployed in Europe and is currently live in over 20 major venues across the UK. Further deployments are planned across TeamCard’s international user base soon.

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