SKIDATA is celebrating 40 years

Welcome to SKIDATA 4.0

Driving Your Digital Future

Welcome to SKIDATA 4.0! With 4.0 SKIDATA is celebrating its 40 years´ anniversary with the motto “Driving Your Digital Future”. SKIDATA 4.0 means 40 years of SKIDATA, 40 years of innovation, and 40 years of customers who have positioned themselves as pioneers. From a start-up in 1977 to a global company in 2017. And that was only the beginning. Because SKIDATA 4.0 is also a promise – that we will continue to deliver new and future-oriented solutions for you, our customers, and the market during the next 40 years.

Here we want to share each week one special highlight of 40 Years of SKIDATA with you and, with the motto "Driving Your Digital Future", show you how you can benefit from SKIDATA 4.0. Because today more than ever before, customer data is an important raw material and digitization is becoming the driving force behind successful solutions.


First access systems using contactless technology

"Invisible Touch" ... Right – this is the name of a Genesis album from the year 1987.

This name can also be applied to the first access systems using contactless technology – the keycards – which SKIDATA brought to the market in 1987. In addition, the "keywatch" was also developed. SKIDATA uses RFID technology for both.

Driving Your Digital Future in 1987 ... with the contactless technology known as RFID.

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Skiing and SKIDATA – a special connection!

In 1986, SKIDATA reached a market share of more than 80% in the area of access management for ski resorts. A great achievement.

Born in 1986, both Kathrin Zettel (skier) and Thomas Morgenstern (ski jumper) later went on to make great achievements in their respective winter sports.

Driving Your Digital Future in 1986 ... with the market leadership in the ski segment.

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Driving the digital future in 1985

SKIDATA makes its entrance into the parking business and records its first success by equipping a parking facility in Austria.

In the same year, but on the other side of the earth: The Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park in Australia is officially returned to its traditional owners, the Aborigines.

31 years later, SKIDATA installs a parking solution in Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park. The Park covers 1326 square kilometers. In this park you can also find the famous Ayers Rock.

Driving Your Digital Future in 1985 ... with the entry into new market segments.

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Revolutionising reading devices and turnstiles

Already in 1982, it was sensational and revolutionary and is to this day a bestseller. Exactly ... The talk is of the SKIDATA reading devices and turnstiles, which revolutionized the ski industry in 1982. They enabled revenue settlement within ski pools, making it possible for ski resorts to work in combination with each other for the first time. A sensation!

Equally sensational was the "Thriller" album from Michael Jackson, which appeared in 1982.

Driving Your Digital Future in 1982  ... with revolutionary new ideas.

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SKIDATA and Apple

SKIDATA and Apple – two different companies, which have one thing in common: the year 1977. For both companies, a very special year in their history.

In 1977, Apple introduced the first Apple II series computer, equipped with a screen as well as a keyboard, to the market.

In the same year, on the 6th of October in Grödig, near Salzburg, the SKIDATA company was founded by Günter Walcher and Leopold Lutz. The first machine-printed ski ticket was developed and replaced the hand-written ski passes. 2 years later, the first cash register - an electromagnetic stamp machine for printing tickets - was created. The first 320 access readers were installed in 1981.

Driving Your Digital Future in 1977 ... with machine-printed ski tickets and cash registers.

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