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Type Stock corporation
Founded 1977 (1977)
Headquarters Grödig bei Salzburg, Austria
Key people Hugo Rohner
Robert Weiskopf
(Senior Vice President "Car Access")
Alexander Vouk
Revenue 187 million € (Nagra Public Access (2013))
Employees 750
Divisions Digital security systems
SKIDATA Headquarters

SKIDATA AG SKIDATA AG is an Austrian company and is ranked among the worldwide leading providers of access solutions and visitor management. Almost 10.000 SKIDATA systems guarantee quick and secure access for people and vehicles in: ski regions, shopping centers, major airports, cities, sport stadiums, fair and amusement parks.[1]


In 1977, Günter Walcher developed the first electronically printed tickets and cash registers, and thus replaced the handwritten ski passes previously used. To market and further develop these innovations, SKIDATA was founded in Grödig bei Salzburg. In 1979, the first cash register was implemented that used an electromagnetic stamp unit to print tickets. The System 320 was released in 1981; it consists of a register computer and an automated output device.[2]

1979: First cash register. An electromagnetic stamp unit to print tickets.

1981: The System 320 was brought to market. It consists of a register computer, an automated output device and an access reader. The new access system supported seamless billing and connected larger ski regions. By 1986, SKIDATA's market share for access management in ski resorts had grown to more than 80 percent.

At the end of the 1980s, SKIDATA released the first access systems with hands-free technology. SKIDATA developed the first hands-free ski ticket – the Keycard. SKIDATA utilizes "hands-free" technology, also known as RFID technology. During this time, SKIDATA expanded its portfolio from ski destinations to include parking management. This was followed shortly thereafter by sports arenas, amusement parks and trade fairs.

In 1990, SKIDATA was the first provider of parking management solutions that allow drivers to enter the facilities and pay by credit card directly at the parking gantry.[3] That same year, the company equipped its first international airport, Munich Airport, with a parking management system. In 1991, SKIDATA had its first successes with trade fairs at Düsseldorf's convention center. In 1995, the company partnered with the Swiss company Swatch to develop watches that also provide access authorization.

In 1997, French chip card maker Gemplus becomes majority shareholder of SKIDATA.

From 2000 onward, continued internationalization. Takeover by the Swiss Kudelski Group in 2001 opens new markets.[4]

In 2007, SKIDATA started its operation in India with a local partner Hinditron and formed a partnership business. After getting grand success in India during initial years, in the year 2009, SKIDATA decided to form a joint venture called SKIDATA (India) Pvt Ltd. Where SKIDATA invested for 49% equity stake and Hinditron invested for 51% equity stake.[5] During this period SKIDATA (India) Pvt Ltd has claimed the most esteemed car access references in India across a variety of market segments. Customers include: GMR Hyderabad International Airport,[6] Bangalore International Airport,[7] Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport,[8] Inorbit Mall (Malad & Vashi), Oberoi Mall, DLF (Emporio, Saket, Vasant Kunj), Ansals, Express Avenue, Growel 101, Prestige Group, Brigade Group. SKIDATA (India) Pvt Ltd has also secured esteem reference like 10 Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cricket stadiums at Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Ranchi, Pune, Mohali and Hyderabad and one formula one stadium at Buddh International Circuit.[9]

In 2010, SKIDATA won the world's third-largest airport in Dallas/Fort Worth as a parking client.[10]


  1. ^ Bitte eintreten: Audi Magazin 2/2013, p42 et sqq.
  2. ^ Kompetenz in Zutritt und Ticketing: Kronen Zeitung Panorama, 14th Oct. 2012, p2 et sqq.
  3. ^ Kompetenz in Zutritt und Ticketing: Kronen Zeitung Panorama, 14th Oct. 2012, p2 et sqq.
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  8. ^ Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
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