Initially being tested in Liverpool at Anfield Stadium, these Pico Pass‘s ™, contactless smart cards, are bound to gain recognition across the board in the sporting arena because it is a global market. Eventually fans will be able to enter a stadium or event without first having to visit a ticket office to collect their ticket. The system will recognize the fan card holder as someone who has purchased a match ticket and allow access to the event. In addition to skipping the ticket office and avoiding long lines the card has multifunctional applications that not only advantage the fan but turn the sporting passion into productive business performance. These applications include the ability to be used as an e-purse and loyalty program incentives to be integrated into packages that season ticket holders will receive in coming seasons.
Inside Contactless and FortresGB have partnered together and will distribute 50,000 Pico Pass‘s ™ to Liverpool Football Club Members which will replace the traditional paper tickets and booklets. This season the project has been rolled out as a pilot program and will prospectively be emulated internationally.
Key technical features of PicoPass are:
– 16Kbits of memory available for applications demanding quite a large memory capacity.
– Capability to operate at proximity [10 cm] distance at up to 424 Kbits/s speed using ISO 14443B standard for very fast access time and at vicinity [exceeding 1m distance] distance at 26 Kbits/s speed using ISO 15693 standard.
– Automatic detection of the communication standard enabling mixing of both communication modes within the same application.
– Flexible and configurable file structure with mapping of 8 independent 2K-bit pages or a single 16K bit page with personalization capabilities.