Grödig, March 6, 2015 Safe and stress-free entry into the gondola, without pushing and shoving. The wish of many passengers is now reality. In the ski resort Gasteinertal (Gastein Valley), SKIDATA together with Doppelmayr is testing successfully an innovative entry portal for gondolas. Its name: EasyBoarding.Gate. The "Made in Austria" technology will soon not only be conquering the mountains and ski areas but also the megacities worldwide.
Whether on one of the snowy mountain peaks or over the skyline of a million-inhabitant metropolis: The entrance into the gondolas of the world is now becoming more comfortable and safer. SKIDATA, a leading international provider of access management solutions headquartered in Grödig near Salzburg, has developed in cooperation with Doppelmayr a unique entry portal. The fully automated system called EasyBoarding.Gate is currently being tested at the gondola at Stubnerkogelbahn in the Salzburg ski region of Gasteinertal.
Franz Schafflinger, Chairman of the Gastein cable cars company, makes an initial assessment: "Just in time for the start of the ski season we began trial operations at the Stubnerkogelbahn cable car. Our ski guests accepted the new system right from the beginning and especially enjoyed the much simpler and more comfortable entry. We from Gastein cable cars are also very pleased with the new access solution. As a result of the controlled entry, we can utilize the gondola in a more optimal way to get our guests as quickly as possible on the slopes. "
While there may be crowding and pushing with other cable cars, passengers using EasyBoarding.Gate enter the gondolas in an organized and stress-free way. The new access control solution regulates, in coordination with the software of the gondola, the flow of visitors automatically. It communicates with passengers by means of signal lights and easy to understand status displays. It allows only as many passengers to enter the respective entry portal until the correct group size is reached and assigns them to the gondolas.
In this way, EasyBoarding.Gate enables all, especially children, a safe and easy entry into the gondola. In addition, the system makes it clearly recognizable for groups to know into which access portal they should go so that the group can ride together. Especially for families, this makes it possible to plan in advance for a shared ride. To ensure maximum reliability, the EasyBoarding.Gate adapts itself to the driving speed of the gondola.
"We wanted a solution that provides greater safety, comfort and efficiency in the operation of gondolas. The EasyBoarding.Gate offers all of these advantages and can be easily integrated into existing as well as new lifts" summarizes Hugo Rohner, CEO of SKIDATA, about the new access system.
In addition to the safety aspect, EasyBoarding.Gate increases the profitability of the gondola operations through the optimal use of the available load capacity. Thanks to the intelligent visitor management and controlled processes in the entry area of the gondolas, operation is able to run at the highest efficiency.
This makes EasyBoarding.Gate an attractive technology for ski lift operators. The potential of this "Made in Austria" innovation is correspondingly large - both in the ski and mountain regions as well as in the urban cable cars in the world. After the pilot project in Bad Gastein, EasyBoarding.Gate will be quickly made ready for production. Then, the entry into the gondola will certainly be quite easy.
SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, shopping centers, major airports, municipalities, sports stadiums, trade shows, and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.
About Gastein Cable Cars AG
Gastein cable cars (www.skigastein.com) includes a total of 25 lifts with a capacity of 44,000 people/hour, around 130 km of slopes (ski area "Schlossalm-Angertal-Stubnerkogel" plus Graukogel and the high altitude Sportgastein – with its mountain station at almost 2,700 m) and about 900,000 skier days, making it one of the largest lift companies in Austria and an essential part of the Amadé ski region.
About the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group
The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group is quality leader in the international ropeway sector. An in-depth understanding of customer needs and an ability to deliver solutions with professionalism and precision provide the foundation for the Group’s leadership of the world market. As ropeway technology leader, Doppelmayr has achieved many world firsts and set the milestones in modern ropeway engineering. The Group has production sites as well as sales and service subsidiaries in over 35 countries around the globe and to date has completed over 14,500 ropeway systems for customers in over 89 countries.
Image 1: In the ski resort Gasteinertal (Gastein Valley), SKIDATA is testing an innovative entry portal for gondolas.
Image 2: Skiers enjoy a safe and easy entry into the Stubnerkogelbahn cable car. Copyright: SKIDATA. Free of charge for press purposes.
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