A smart stadium deserves smarter tickets.
The world-class JSCA International Cricket Complex in Dhurwa, Ranchi, is gearing up for a four times more secure entry — instead of just bar-coded passes — for the upcoming India-Australia ODI in October.
The move, JSCA officials said, was aimed at keeping hackers at bay.
“Code busters are everywhere. They are proficient enough to crack the best-encrypted bar codes and spawn dummy tickets. There have been numerous such cases in recent times at the international level. When pictures of tickets are uploaded on a web site or a social networking site, these hackers decode them and render them useless. The stolen codes are then used to print tickets illegally,” an official of the state cricket outfit explained.
Hence, a wise JSCA is working on three more levels of individual ticket safeguard, besides bar code encryption.
“We are in talks with special ticket vendors about our requirements. Along with the bearing machine-readable bar code, we are looking for additional and a minimum of three other security features. Two of these will be visible to the naked eye and one only machine-readable,” JSCA vice-president (district) and spokesperson Manoj Kumar told The Telegraph.
He maintained that the same should also be real-time compatible with the central handshake server (preloaded MS Windows 2008 & SQL Server 2008), with ticket integration software licensed by SKIDATA. The latter is an Austrian company that provides access systems and management services worldwide for tourist destinations, parking facilities, sports stadiums, amusement parks and trade fairs.
The tender to hire a special ticketing agent was floated earlier this month. The date of submission of bid has, however, been extended till September 6 since the response was lukewarm. Sources in JSCA said a few entertainment agencies, such as Book My Show, had already made their presentations, but the date had been stretched to choose the best.
“After Friday, depending on the most secure ticket offered and lowest rates quoted, we will finalise one agent for the India-Australia ODI,” Kumar said.
The international stadium, which hosted its maiden one-day between India and England on January 19, will witness another high-octane match in the same cricket genre on October 23.
Since Team Australia will be playing in Ranchi for the first time, a three-member team from Cricket Australia conducted a security recce of the Dhurwa complex last week. The officials gave thumbs up to preparations and also offered a few suggestions to strengthen overall security for the event. A JSCA source said installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at some more strategic locations, such as dressing rooms, had been advised by them.
Kumar said that teams like England and Australia were extra particular about security arrangements wherever they played. “All I wish to say is that we are proactive when it comes to safety of our visitors. The smart ticket is a move in that direction,” he signed off.
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