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.


For a Sustainable Future

The future belongs to alternatively driven technologies and electric mobility innovations. E-Cars can certainly do without emissions, however these contraptions still require “filling up” with electricity.

With Ampere.Gate, SKIDATA addresses an awareness of the concept for a clean future. In 2016, the electric charging station made its market debut.

Driving your digital future in 2016...with sustainable ideas.

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Ticketless solution – Without a ticket directly to the parking space

SKIDATA introduces the first completely ticketless solution in the market. With the Ticketless solution, the guests enjoy the highest comfort, because thanks to the direct entrance to the parking garage there is no need to stop to take a ticket. This makes parking even more comfortable.

Driving your digital future in 2015 ... with maximum customer comfort.

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Fastest access system: SKIDATA sets a new world record

The fastest access system in the world comes from SKIDATA. 2033 people passed an SKIDATA access system in an hour, making it the fastest system in the world.

Driving your digital future in 2014 ... with world record performance.

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Power.Gate, Lite.Gate and Barrier.Gate.

The next generation in parking business

Joy of progress … this characterizes us. We constantly analyze all relevant market segments and can convince our customers in 2014 with new design and functionalities at the Power.Gate, Lite.Gate and Barrier.Gate.

Driving your digital future in 2014 …. with joy of progress.

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Sustainable economic management

June, 5th is the official World Environment Day. Sustainability is also an important topic for SKIDATA. Therefore only paper from responsible sources is used for the production of the yearly 40 million paper tickets. For this, SKIDATA got FSC-certified in 2013.

Driving your digital future in 2013 … with sustainability and environmental protection.

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Customer Loyalty program - Fan Loyalty is the key to success

In 2011 the first loyalty solutions gets online in the US. With a loyalty solutions you connect the guests to your brand, get to know them better and steer their behavior through targeted promotions - and finally increase revenue and customer satisfaction.

Driving your digital future in 2011 … with success with loyal fans.

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sweb is born

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

Driving your digital future in 2011 … with SKIDATA’s web-based services.

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Contract awarded for one of the biggest airports in the world

"Smooth travel" is the magic word. Arrive with your car at the airport, park conveniently and then straight onto the plane. From now on, this is possible at the Dallas Forth Worth Airport - one of the biggest airports in the world, which counts on SKIDATA’s parking space management.

Driving your digital future in 2010 … with Stress-Free Travel at one of the biggest airports in the world.

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Welcome to the SKIDATA family - SKIDATA growth continues

An important year for Chile. In 2009, not only did the presidential elections bring about big changes, but Chile also saw the founding of the 15th SKIDATA office worldwide.

Driving your digital future in 2009 ... with expansion and branch offices worldwide.

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Payment made easy

The Power.Cash automated payment machine wins the innovation prize for its graphical user interface.

The ‘Best Innovation of 2008’ (chosen by TIME magazine) was a DNA gene test which could be purchased on the retail market.

Driving your digital future in 2008 ... with innovative and well thought out payment ideas.

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Skiing is now even more comfortable for SKIDATA customers

The Freemotion.Gate reader conquers the market and wins the Salzburg Innovations Award. The turnstiles are now also operating contact free. As a result, skiing becomes an even more relaxed experience for SKIDATA customers.

Driving your digital future in 2007 ... for the highest level of customer benefit in the skiing sector.

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From Europe to the whole world

At the world soccer championships held in 2006, the stadium operators put their trust in the SKIDATA solution for access management and have relied on proven SKIDATA technology for each of these major events ever since.

Driving your digital future in 2006 ... with advances in stadium access management.

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It's getting colorful!

The Barrier.Gate shines in a new design. It is now illuminated with colors that can be adjusted at any time to match customer requirements.

Driving your digital future in 2006 ... with new standards in functional design.

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New record in the parking segment

SKIDATA equips its 5,000th parking system worldwide with its parking devices, thereby giving reason to celebrate a new record in the parking segment.

Have a look at one of our current parking solutions in the video:

Driving your digital future in 2005 ... with record-breaking performance.

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New level of customer comfort for ski resorts

The Freemotion.Gate reader comes onto the market and wins the Salzburg Innovation Award. Among other things, the turnstile rotates without physical contact.

Driving your digital future in 2005 ... with comfortable new innovations

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Reaching an Olympic level of performance in stadiums

SKIDATA equips 50% of the stadiums used during the 2004 UEFA European Soccer Championship in Portugal with its access systems and has been an important part of European championships ever since.

Another event of Olympic proportion takes place at the same time in Dubai. There, construction of the highest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, is completed in 2004.

Driving your digital future in 2004 ... with major contracts in the stadium business

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New record in vehicle access management

Reaching the 1,000 mark in the number of parking garages equipped with its own systems and just one year after setting a record in the ski business, SKIDATA sets yet another record in the parking sector. Some of these parking garages were also used by Jim Rogers and Paige Parker who made it into the Guinness Book of Records in 2002. They visited 111 countries and 3 territories by car, travelling a total of 245,000 km.

Driving your digital future in 2002 … with new records in vehicle access management.

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SKIDATA sets a new record in the ski business

In 2001, SKIDATA equips the 1,000th ski resort worldwide with its systems and can announce this new record.

2001 also saw several records in the Austrian ski sport. Not only did Austria win the Nations Cup, but Austrians also came took first place in the men’s overall rankings as well as a win in the women’s downhill competition of the 2001 Alpine Ski World Cup.

Driving your digital future in 2001 ... new records in the ski business.

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Worldwide success with the Swiss Kudelski Group

SKIDATA becomes a part of the Kudelski Group and uses its global network to grow internationally.

Driving your digital future in 2001 ... with international growth.

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New branch office in the new millennium

New branch office in the new millennium

Not only was the start of a new millennium a cause for celebration in the year 2000. With the founding of SKIDATA Inc. in the USA in the year 2000, SKIDATA strengthened its presence in the international market.

Driving your digital future in 2000 ... with a strengthening of its international presence.



SKIDATA equips the FC Basel soccer team with the new Handshake solution for stadiums

The 103rd Swiss Soccer Championship in 1999/2000 provided the first test of the solution’s capabilities, which it passes with flying colors.

Driving your digital future in 1999 ... with the new Handshake solution for stadiums.

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One access device, many different ticketing systems

SKIDATA develops the first system, which simultaneously accepts a variety of different ticketing systems. This ensures maximum flexibility and independence.

Driving your digital future in 1999 ... with the greatest possible independence through the acceptance of various ticketing systems

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SKIDATA wins its first stadium solution installation. SK Rapid Vienna is equipped with the new 560 readers.

Perhaps that is the reason why SK Rapid Wien became the Austrian Football Champion in 1996 – for the 30th time!

Driving your digital future in 1996 ... with the use of new 560 readers in the stadium business.

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Functionality meets design.

The parking barrier "Barrier.Gate" wins the national award for design. The APT 450 parking system also begins to transfer data via the communication-based network technology.

Driving your digital future in 1996 … with functional design.

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Graphical user interface

The APT 450 solution is presented with a graphical user interface.

SKIDATA changes its software interface to a graphical user interface.

Graphics and design were also important at Microsoft in 1995 - the new operating system Windows 95 is released.

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Revolutionary contactless entry.

Cooperation with the world market leader Swatch. Contactless access is now also possible using the popular Swiss watches. As a result, the first Smartwatch is presented to the industry.

A completely different access took place in 1995 - the entrance of Austria into the European Union.

Driving your digital future in 1995 … with revolutionary contactless access.

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The systems begin to communicate with each other.

SKIDATA is once again in the pioneering role and is the first to use the communication-based technology industrially in the 350 ski system.

Also interesting is the opening of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on the 18th of December. Here too, SKIDATA demonstrates its pioneering role 23 years later - the MGM Grand Hotel is equipped with the successful SKIDATA systems.

Driving your digital future in 1993 ... with a pioneering role in new technologies.

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SKIDATA’s partnership with Munich Airport.

SKIDATA equips the Munich Airport with its systems and starts a partnership that still continues today.
Serving 73 countries and 257 destinations worldwide – the Munich Airport in an international hub that connects hundreds of SKIDATA employees all over the world in the fastest possible way.

Driving Your Digital Future in 1992 … with a successful partnership with the Munich Airport.

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SKIDATA systems made mass access a reality.

In 1991, SKIDATA expanded its portfolio to include the trade fairs, theme parks and stadiums and SKIDATA systems made mass access a reality. The successful completion of major projects such as the Legoland, Ski Dubai, the Miami Dolphins and the Spartak Moscow Stadium prove this capability very impressively.

Driving Your Digital Future in 1991 … with the introduction of mass access in new business segments.

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SKIDATA expanding payment options directly at the parking columns.

SKIDATA proves its pioneering role once again – this time by expanding payment options directly at the parking columns with the help of credit cards.
In July of the same year, a major event takes place for techno pioneers ... the very first Love Parade in Berlin.

Driving Your Digital Future in 1989 … with a pioneering position in new payment options.

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The in 1988 newly developed 340 reader

The year 1988 is marked with highlights in the world of sports. In Seoul the Olympic summer games take place, in Calgary the Olympic winter games and in Germany the European soccer championships.

SKIDATA draws attention with highlights in winter sports: The newly developed 340 reader supports the contactless RFID technology, offering the utmost comfort for skiers.

Driving Your Digital Future in 1988 … with the utmost comfort for skiers.

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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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