SKIDATA at Austria's largest research event – "Long Night of Research"

On April 22, 2016, the research event "Long Night of Research" (Lange Nacht der Forschung) inspired people all over Austria in the topics of research and technology for the seventh time. SKIDATA also presented itself as an innovator and gave visitors an exciting glimpse at the area of access solutions and access management. At the Lakeside Science & Technology Park in Klagenfurt, for example, visitors could learn about the role smartphones will play as access cards and tickets in the future. Here SKIDATA plays a leading role internationally and regularly convinces with new patent ideas.

From an idea to a patent

It takes two to three years for a patent to be granted. In order not to lose any time on the path from patent idea to granting, a very efficient patent application procedure is in place at SKIDATA. At over 80%, the grant rate for SKIDATA patents is extremely high. In addition to classic ideas for new technical solutions, there are becoming more and more process patents such as reservation methods and checkout processes. SKIDATA currently holds more than 100 of its own patent families.

The developers of new patent ideas are acknowledged by SKIDATA each year as part of a recognition event. As soon as a filed patent is granted, its developers can look forward to an invitation to this event. Reinhard Surkau, head of Hardware R&D at SKIDATA, praises strong commitment: "The success rate of patent applications reflects the company's high innovative power. The increasing participation in the company shows that we strike the right chord with staff and also in the direction of the company."

Research and development at SKIDATA

A few reasons for the many developments and ideas are our innovation-friendly work environment, freedom for employees and specials such as the SKIDATA Hackathon. Developers who want to help advance complex solutions and modern, innovative technologies regularly have the opportunity to start or continue their specialist career at SKIDATA. Current job openings and jobs in hardware development, software development and quality assurance are published at our website and unsolicited applications are also welcome.


is an international leading company for access solutions and management. Nearly 10,000 SKIDATA installations in ski resorts, shopping centers, major airports, communities, sports stadiums, exhibition centers and amusement parks worldwide ensure safe and reliable access control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in offering solutions that are intuitive, easy to operate and secure. With their integrated concepts, SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. The SKIDATA Group ( is a member of the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (, a leading provider of digital security solutions.

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