Royal Dutch Football Association selects Bell ID for nationwide smart ID card solution

Tuesday 27 January 2004 20:59 CET | News

Bell ID has signed an agreement with the Royal Dutch Football Association (Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond; KNVB) for the implementation of a nationwide smart ID card solution for season tickets and so-called Club Cards â€â€Å“ (S)CCs.

January 21, at the kick-off match for the second half of the league season in Roda JCs Parkstad Limburg Stadium, both parties signed a 7-year contract. Bell IDs ANDiS Management Systems will serve as a turnkey platform for all Dutch professional football clubs, enabling them to issue and manage multi-application smart cards for spectators and staff. These smart cards will replace all of the approximately 700,000 magnetic stripe-based season tickets and club cards. Ever since the early 90s, the KNVB has provided a nationwide ticketing system for all official football matches within The Netherlands, including matches of the Dutch national team, and it also operates a nationwide identification system for spectators wishing to obtain tickets. As most of the Dutch football clubs currently provide state-of-the-art facilities, next to the stadium including retail outlets, restaurants, leisure centres etc., customer relations have utmost importance. Therefore, the KNVB continuously investigates new ways of improving services to the clubs and their audiences, while improving overall security. Some clubs already use small numbers of chip-based cards for specific applications, and now the KNVB initiates a league-wide rollout for a multi-application card. As of the season 2003-2004, Bell IDs ANDiS enables the football clubs to gradually phase out their existing card infrastructure and eventually issue their supporters, staff, and business relations with the new (S)CCs. The cards will carry the nationwide ID and ticketing applications as well as club-specific applications, e.g. loyalty, electronic purse, and access to car parks and business clubs. For this purpose, the KNVB runs one central ANDiS Card & Application Management System (CMS/AMS), on which clubs separately manage their own secured domain, including interfaces to general and local applications. The KNVB selected Mifare as the preferred type of contactless card for all clubs. Roda JC and FC Dordrecht will be the first clubs to make use of the new system. ANDiS Management Systems provides Dutch football with a tool to improve efficiency as well as security. The new solution is connected to a central blacklist and it provides the clubs and the Association with the ability to continuously update data on the cards issued, by means of the ANDiS Post-Issuance Personalisation (PIP) module. PIP eliminates the need for replacement of season tickets, when personal data or subscription details change, which can result in an extension of (S)CCs economic life cycle. As new applications become available, both the KNVB and the clubs can easily add these to the existing card programmes.

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