SKIDATA looks to expand access management solutions across Australasia
SKIDATA’s recent staging of its inaugural Australian and New Zealand People Access Conference at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium marks the start of a new era in the company’s offering of access control and revenue managements in the Australasian market.
A global market leader in the sector, more than 10,000 installations in more 100 countries use SKIDATA systems to enable the fast and secure access of people and vehicles to ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa and wellness facilities, trade fairs and theme parks.
In Australasia since 1987, when the technology was installed at the Mt Blue Cow (now Perisher) ski resort, SKIDATA is today used at all major ski resorts in Australia: Thredbo, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buller as well as Perisher (backed by its US distributor), along with Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld and Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.
SKIDATA originated in Austria 41 years ago with their ground breaking electronic ski gates.
Today, the company has over 1450 employees spread around the world supporting a broad spectrum of proven customized solutions that guarantees every customer the optimal solution in order to maximise sales and to offer the best comfort.
It specialises in three business areas: parking – where it is a world market leader; ‘Mountain’ – where it is also a world market leader and inventor of the technology; and leisure – specialising in stadium, arena and theme park access.
Renowned for quality of build with all components across all markets it services, whole of life costs on SKIDATA installations are well below market average. In addition, its technology can be used with almost any ticketing package, integrating with 170 ticketing partners.
Globally, its impressive client list includes Sugarloaf Mountain, Brazil; Whistler Blackcomb, Canada; Hakuba Valley, Japan; Legoland Germany; Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy; the Lokomotiv and Spartak Moscow Stadiums in Russia; Tissot Arena, Biel, Switzerland; Allianz Stadium, FC Bayern Munchen, Germany; Rajiv Ghandi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, India; Disneyland, Anaheim, USA; Benfica Stadium, Lisbon, Portugal and Ski Dubai.
In Australia, SKIDATA partnered with Wilson Parking in 2004 to distribute itsparking products to the Australian market, with Wilson holding the Australian distribution rights until late 2016 when SKIDATA AG purchased the rights back from Wilson with a view to expanding services to the Australian market with their People Access products.
In October 2017, David Brown joined the SKIDATA team to launch the People Access business (Stadium and Mountain) in Australasia.
With a background in business development and management working with global organisations across varied industries, Brown has been learning about the needs of the venue management and attraction industries.
He explains “it’s a learning experience and to date an enjoyable one with engaged professionals in dynamic industries. I’ve met a lot of quality people who have been kind enough to give me their time and let me jump on my soap box and spread the SKIDATA word.”