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We change the World of welcoming People

At SKIDATA we are committed to transforming access into a warm welcoming experience. Not just by selling the best solutions, but by adding true value for our clients and by demonstrating the positive impact of making people feel welcome.

With our access solutions for vehicles and people we want to inspire you to extend that feeling of being welcome to YOUR visitors and guests all over the world. How? By offering them a great customer experience with smooth, safe and easy access into car parks, mountain destinations, stadiums and arenas, or attraction parks. So, what drives us?

Our Purpose

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Our Vision

We connect clients, partners & visitors at the heart of the customer experience via our digital visitor management platform in a simple, secure and sustainable way.

Our digital solutions and our high-quality hardware provide you with a comprehensive visitor management system that covers all the items on your wish list. You can take full advantage of all required open interfaces and easy integration options that perfectly suit your needs in a simple, secure and sustainable way. Best of all, our customer-focused approach makes it easy for you to turn unknown visitors into loyal guests.

With you and for you, we will work out the best solutions to ensure full customer satisfaction. You benefit from our hand-in-hand partnership with you and associated partners. Consulting, implementation and service: with us you get it all from a reliable single-source provider. SKIDATA is where you are: our 27 subsidiaries and distributors in 100 countries worldwide are happy to support and assist you when and where you need it.

SKIDATA by the Numbers

27
countries
1400
employees
100
patent families
50 k
patents

SKIDATA’s mother company, the Kudelski Group, is based in Chesaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, Arizona, US. The company is a global leader in digital security and convergent media solutions for the delivery of digital and interactive content. The technologies are used in a wide range of services and applications requiring access control and rights management.

For you as our customer, our cooperation with the cyber security division of Kudelski brings a lot of benefits. Data security becomes more and more important for both operators and customers, as some threats are global, and many industries are forced to defend against specialized threat actors who focus all their energies on a specific vertical.

What our clients say

What I most like about SKIDATA is the innovation, the design which is definitely important because it is what our clients see, and then the software because it's just what we operators need. 

Their solutions provide so much functionality such as letting us trace all of our operations, improving the safety of our operations and providing a pleasant customer experience for our visitors.

SKIDATA was by far the company who was going to help us to achieve what we wanted to for our business going forward.

It's probably like buying a Rolls Royce, if I was comparing it with a car. It is definitely one of the best manufacturers out there in the market. And I believe, this is probably because they listen to their clients.

We spend some time going through different suppliers. We saw about six or seven suppliers. Quite quickly, we narrowed it down to who was the market leader.

Our Values

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Spirit of Passion

We work as a professional and integrated international team, combining our strengths and continuously building upon our expertise. Our people are supported and encouraged in being their best so they can deliver their best. Open-minded in our thinking, leading edge with our solutions, always on the side of our stakeholders. Everything we do - we do it with passion.

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Superior Reliability

We operate responsibly and always stand by our word: As a company, as a team, as individuals. We secure investments in our company and in our products by providing the highest quality solutions that continue delivering well into the future. This is based on a corporate culture characterized by trust, respect and teamwork.

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Strong Commitment

We are always there. For one another as a team, for our customers and partners. Global, professional, fast and reliable. We act as a team, working closely together to deliver responsive, continuous service. Whatever we do - we do it with commitment.

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Setting Trends

Strongly grounded in the present, we are already thinking about the day after tomorrow. Together we conceive new ideas and develop them into sophisticated products. Utilizing broad market understanding, foresight and innovative thinking, we set trends that set new benchmarks in access management. As a result, our customers and partners are always a step ahead...

Our History

The course for SKIDATA's success story was set in 1977.

 

Günther Walcher, originally active in the sale of Polaroid cameras, had the brilliant idea for a new application of Polaroid images in 1977. By incorporating skiers' photos into ski tickets, he triggered a revolution in ski lift access. The first printed ski ticket and the first electronic cash register was launched – a milestone in the history of mountain sports regions. SKIDATA was born.

In 1985, SKIDATA entered the parking business with its comprehensive parking solutions. By 1986, SKIDATA's market share for fully automated access management in ski resorts had grown to more than 80 percent.

Beginning in 1991, SKIDATA provided controlled mass access for people with its systems and expanded its portfolio to include stadia, arenas and attraction parks.

Collaborations with iconic brands such as Swatch, Apple, Google or Mastercard still highlight our claim to always work as the best with the best – and in the best interest of our customers.

What followed until today is thinking outside the box, empowering our customers to always be one step ahead.

Our History in Pictures

1977

Launching into a successful future

Günther Walcher is the first to develop printed personal ski tickets and a cash register for ski resorts. SKIDATA is founded.

Launching into a successful future

Günther Walcher is the first to develop printed personal ski tickets and a cash register for ski resorts. SKIDATA is founded.

1979

Ticket sale made easy

The next-generation cash register and coder of Series 320 is introduced to the market.

Ticket sale made easy

The next-generation cash register and coder of Series 320 is introduced to the market.

1983

Secure and regulated access

The first Series 320 readers and turnstiles are installed in a ski resort. This enables pool billing, allowing individual ski resorts to form and join regional associations.

Secure and regulated access

The first Series 320 readers and turnstiles are installed in a ski resort. This enables pool billing, allowing individual ski resorts to form and join regional associations.

1985

“We also have parking systems!”

SKIDATA enters the parking business and enjoys first success with a system installation in an Apcoa parking facility in Vienna.

“We also have parking systems!”

SKIDATA enters the parking business and enjoys first success with a system installation in an Apcoa parking facility in Vienna.

1986

Market share increases to 80 percent

By 1986, SKIDATA’s market share for access management in ski resorts had grown to more than 80 percent.

Market share increases to 80 percent

By 1986, SKIDATA’s market share for access management in ski resorts had grown to more than 80 percent.

1987

RFID technology conquers the ski market

Based on this technology, SKIDATA develops the first touch-free ski ticket and has it patented.

RFID technology conquers the ski market

Based on this technology, SKIDATA develops the first touch-free ski ticket and has it patented.

1988

Welcome to the third generation

Series 340 readers support touch-free RFID technology – 100% convenience for skiing guests.

Welcome to the third generation

Series 340 readers support touch-free RFID technology – 100% convenience for skiing guests.

1989

What’s commonplace today was once a world first

SKIDATA introduces entry by credit card and pay-on-exit for parking facilities.

What’s commonplace today was once a world first

SKIDATA introduces entry by credit card and pay-on-exit for parking facilities.

1990

Watches for access

Further watch models with KeyWatch are introduced to enable convenient touch-free access.

Watches for access

Further watch models with KeyWatch are introduced to enable convenient touch-free access.

1991

Mass access to new segments

For the first time, SKIDATA makes mass access possible with its systems and expands its portfolio to include fairs, followed by attractions and arenas.

Mass access to new segments

For the first time, SKIDATA makes mass access possible with its systems and expands its portfolio to include fairs, followed by attractions and arenas.

1992

Ready for take-off

SKIDATA equips Munich Airport with its parking management systems, launching a partnership that continues to this day.

Ready for take-off

SKIDATA equips Munich Airport with its parking management systems, launching a partnership that continues to this day.

1993

Systems begin communicating with one another

SKIDATA is the first provider to industrially deploy communication-based technology and introduces an Arcnet network for Ski System 350.

Systems begin communicating with one another

SKIDATA is the first provider to industrially deploy communication-based technology and introduces an Arcnet network for Ski System 350.

1995

Cooperation with world watch market leader Swatch

Touch-free access is made possible with SKIDATA technology integrated in a special edition of the popular Swiss watches under the name Swatch Access.

Cooperation with world watch market leader Swatch

Touch-free access is made possible with SKIDATA technology integrated in a special edition of the popular Swiss watches under the name Swatch Access.

1996

Functionality meets design

Barrier.Gate wins the state award for design. Also, the APT 450 parking systems begin communicating with one another over an Arcnet network.

Functionality meets design

Barrier.Gate wins the state award for design. Also, the APT 450 parking systems begin communicating with one another over an Arcnet network.

1997

Revolution in ski access

French chip card maker Gemplus becomes majority shareholder of SKIDATA. Based on the major success of hands-free technology, System 370 is brought to market.

Revolution in ski access

French chip card maker Gemplus becomes majority shareholder of SKIDATA. Based on the major success of hands-free technology, System 370 is brought to market.

1999

One access reader, many ticket types

SKIDATA develops Handshake.Logic, the first system that accepts tickets from different systems through the same reader.

One access reader, many ticket types

SKIDATA develops Handshake.Logic, the first system that accepts tickets from different systems through the same reader.

2000

Foundation of the 10th subsidiary

SKIDATA Inc. is founded in the United States as the 10th subsidiary.

Foundation of the 10th subsidiary

SKIDATA Inc. is founded in the United States as the 10th subsidiary.

2001

Worldwide success with the Swiss Kudelski Group

SKIDATA becomes part of the Kudelski Group and uses their global network to further expand internationally.

Worldwide success with the Swiss Kudelski Group

SKIDATA becomes part of the Kudelski Group and uses their global network to further expand internationally.

2004

Arrival on the Mount Olympus of stadia

SKIDATA equips 50% of the stadiums for the 2004 UEFA European Soccer Championship in Portugal and goes on to become an important equipment partner of European Championships.

Arrival on the Mount Olympus of stadia

SKIDATA equips 50% of the stadiums for the 2004 UEFA European Soccer Championship in Portugal and goes on to become an important equipment partner of European Championships.

2005

New customer convenience for ski resorts

Freemotion.Gate readers enter the market and win the Salzburg Innovation Award. Turnstiles now also operate touch-free.

New customer convenience for ski resorts

Freemotion.Gate readers enter the market and win the Salzburg Innovation Award. Turnstiles now also operate touch-free.

2006

It’s getting colorful

SKIDATA’s Barrier.Gate is now illuminated and can change colors as needed.

It’s getting colorful

SKIDATA’s Barrier.Gate is now illuminated and can change colors as needed.

2008

Payment made easy

Power.Cash wins the Intertraffic Innovation Award for its graphical user interface (GUI).

Payment made easy

Power.Cash wins the Intertraffic Innovation Award for its graphical user interface (GUI).

2009

On the winners’ podium

Repeating its 2008 win, SKIDATA receives the “Austria’s Leading Companies” award for the province of Salzburg.

On the winners’ podium

Repeating its 2008 win, SKIDATA receives the “Austria’s Leading Companies” award for the province of Salzburg.

2010

SKIDATA awarded the contract for one of the biggest airports in the world

From now on, Dallas Fort Worth relies on SKIDATA’s parking space management.

SKIDATA awarded the contract for one of the biggest airports in the world

From now on, Dallas Fort Worth relies on SKIDATA’s parking space management.

2011

sweb is born

SKIDATA introduces its software-as-a-service modules “sweb®” (SKIDATA’s web-based services). sweb, SKIDATA´s hummingbird, is the trademark mascot for the new software services.

sweb is born

SKIDATA introduces its software-as-a-service modules “sweb®” (SKIDATA’s web-based services). sweb, SKIDATA´s hummingbird, is the trademark mascot for the new software services.

2012

Always one step ahead

SKIDATA introduces its first online system. The tried and tested access management is interfaced with web-based solutions.

Always one step ahead

SKIDATA introduces its first online system. The tried and tested access management is interfaced with web-based solutions.

2013

Sustainable economic management

Only paper from renewable sources is used for the annual production of the 40 million paper tickets. This earns SKIDATA an FSC certification in 2013.

Sustainable economic management

Only paper from renewable sources is used for the annual production of the 40 million paper tickets. This earns SKIDATA an FSC certification in 2013.

2014

The next generation

Power.Gate, Lite.Gate and Barrier.Gate win market approval with their design and functionality.

The next generation

Power.Gate, Lite.Gate and Barrier.Gate win market approval with their design and functionality.

2015

Excellent Business Management

For the third time (after 2008 and 2009), SKIDATA comes out the winner at the Austria’s Leading Companies awards in the category “Big Player” for the province of Salzburg. In 2015 SKIDATA also receives additional recognition for its ISO 9001 and ISAE 3402 certifications.

Excellent Business Management

For the third time (after 2008 and 2009), SKIDATA comes out the winner at the Austria’s Leading Companies awards in the category “Big Player” for the province of Salzburg. In 2015 SKIDATA also receives additional recognition for its ISO 9001 and ISAE 3402 certifications.

2016

And the winner is…

SKIDATA receives the USA-BIZ AWARD for Austrian top performance in the American market in the field of ‘Market Penetration’.

And the winner is…

SKIDATA receives the USA-BIZ AWARD for Austrian top performance in the American market in the field of ‘Market Penetration’.

2017

An excellent year

2017 is a year of many awards and prizes for SKIDATA. We received the ‘Business Superbrands Austria Award’ as well as the ‘Top Employer 2017’ award in the electronics and electrical engineering, medical equipment segment and the ‘Austrian Export Prize 2017’ in the trade category.

An excellent year

2017 is a year of many awards and prizes for SKIDATA. We received the ‘Business Superbrands Austria Award’ as well as the ‘Top Employer 2017’ award in the electronics and electrical engineering, medical equipment segment and the ‘Austrian Export Prize 2017’ in the trade category.

2018

Austria’s Leading Companies - winner’s podium

For the fourth time, SKIDATA takes first place in the ‘International’ category and receives the associated Austria’s Leading Companies Award.

Austria’s Leading Companies - winner’s podium

For the fourth time, SKIDATA takes first place in the ‘International’ category and receives the associated Austria’s Leading Companies Award.

2019

SKIDATA Wins Product Innovation Award: NFC Ticketing via Apple Watch and iPhone at Allianz Arena at the 2019 Stadium Business Summit

SKIDATA once again proves its stronghold as an industry-leading pioneer in the world of people access and control as the company took home the Product Innovation award at the 10th annual Stadium Business Summit for their NFC e-ticket solution.

SKIDATA Wins Product Innovation Award: NFC Ticketing via Apple Watch and iPhone at Allianz Arena at the 2019 Stadium Business Summit

SKIDATA once again proves its stronghold as an industry-leading pioneer in the world of people access and control as the company took home the Product Innovation award at the 10th annual Stadium Business Summit for their NFC e-ticket solution.

2020

Parking and skiing go touchless

Due to COVID-19, parking now doesn’t have to involve pushing a ticket button or touching payment machines.
For the touchless access to ski lifts, there is now a digital ticket for the smartphone.

Parking and skiing go touchless

Due to COVID-19, parking now doesn’t have to involve pushing a ticket button or touching payment machines.
For the touchless access to ski lifts, there is now a digital ticket for the smartphone.

2021

Opening of the new Software Center at Salzburg/Wals in order to serve our customers even better.

SKIDATA offers e-commerce and mobile payment solutions fully integrated in SKIDATA’s management systems, making booking and payment easy for customers and guests of car parks, mountain destinations, stadia and attraction parks.

Opening of the new Software Center at Salzburg/Wals in order to serve our customers even better.

SKIDATA offers e-commerce and mobile payment solutions fully integrated in SKIDATA’s management systems, making booking and payment easy for customers and guests of car parks, mountain destinations, stadia and attraction parks.

2022

Repositioning of the SKIDATA Brand with our new purpose: We change the world of welcoming people

SKIDATA’s eTicketing solution offers sports clubs the opportunity to reduce costs and increase revenue from the very first match. Top internationally renowned clubs are already on it.

Repositioning of the SKIDATA Brand with our new purpose: We change the world of welcoming people

SKIDATA’s eTicketing solution offers sports clubs the opportunity to reduce costs and increase revenue from the very first match. Top internationally renowned clubs are already on it.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Modern and future-orientated companies have to take environmental protection, labor and workplace safety, human rights, ethic topics and sustainability in procurement into consideration to keep improving their Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Together with our mother company Kudelski, we joined EcoVadis (an international sustainability rating provider) with a current score of 48/100, which awarded us a Bronze EcoVadis Medal.

Environment

Important improvements have been achieved by latest initiatives, like reduction of CO2 emissions, improvements at the SKIDATA headquarter building and reduction of paper waste by introducing digital access solutions based on license plate or mobile phone. Thus, SKIDATA’s products and solutions contribute to enhanced environmental protection as well.

Labor & Human Rights

We have established safety guidelines and offers comprehensive health services. We apply equal treatment of all candidates or employees. Humanity and trust form the basis for a good working environment, as, among other measures, flexible working times and comprehensive health services.

Ethics

SKIDATA’s code of ethics and conduct forms the basis for cooperation within the company, with our customers and partners. All employees are required to undergo trainings on conduct and basic ethical standards. The trainings are monitored by independent institutes. SKIDATA strives to take care of disadvantaged persons.

Sustainable Procurement

Continuously optimizing standards for sustainable procurement is not only important within the own company but has to be communicated and specified for suppliers and partners as well. SKIDATA optimizes on every level, as among others, with key suppliers for the SKIDATA solutions.

Learn more about our measures regarding corporate social responsibility in detail:

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Executive Board & Management

David Luken

CEO, Managing Director

Robert Weiskopf

CSO, Managing Director

Michael Gradnitzer

Senior Vice President – Operations, Managing Director

Willem-Jan Balk

Vice President - Business Line Management & Marketing

Angel Dominguez

Vice President - Sales Region APAC

James Toal

Senior Vice President Europe – Sales Region Europe

Stephen Tibber

Vice President – Sales Region Latin America & Africa

Alain Gendre

Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Supervisory Board

André Kudelski

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer Kudelski

Mauro Saladini

Chief Financial Officer Kudelski, Deputy Chairman

Maître Patrick Foetisch

Board Member Kudelski

Laurent Dassault

Board Member Kudelski

Press Contact

Press Contact SKIDATA Headquarters

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Gisela Bechmann
PR & Communication
[e] Gisela.bechmann@skidata.com
[m] +43 664 8265 628

Key facts about SKIDATA

SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Worldwide, leading companies and operators of airports, shopping malls, cities, office buildings, hotels, hospitals, universities, ski resorts, stadiums and amusement parks rely on the secure, future-oriented and reliable access solutions for people and vehicles. SKIDATA is the reliable partner from first consultations to perfect service. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure for the end customer. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) is part of the Kudelski Group, a publicly traded (SIX: KUD.S) worldwide leader in digital business enablement technologies that encompass digital content security, public access, cybersecurity, and IoT.

SKIDATA is certified according to ISO 9001:2015 and ISAE 3402. 

 

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SKIDATA by the numbers

240 m
EUR turnover 2021
91 %
revenue outside Austria
1400
employees 2021

Press Releases

Saving time and money from the very first game: eTicketing for clubs

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Mobile Ski Pass - Digital Opportunities

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Stadia and event venues can operate at full capacity again

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A piece of nature in the pocket of your skiing jacket – the keycard pure by SKIDATA

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Skipass next generation – Going directly to the slope, with tickets on your smartphone

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