UPM Raflatac's RFID tags for access control at European Youth Olympic Festival

(UPM Raflatac, Tampere, July 2, 2009) – UPM Raflatac will supply RFID inlays for access control in support of the July 18th – 25th European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Tampere, Finland.

All authorised individuals involved in the upcoming event will be issued integrated UPM Raflatac RFID tag identification passes. The identification cards will facilitate access to e.g. accommodation, dining and competition venues. Moreover, the RFID tag passes will allow access to free usage of the public transportation system in Tampere.

The utilisation of RFID-technology in access control offers event organisers an efficient and cost effective solution, which incorporates screening and security issues. Volunteers and other event organisers are able to easily, quickly and smoothly allow people access to the various venues, which reduces their overall workload.

“By supporting the EYOF we can directly show event organisers the benefits of using RFID-technology and indirectly the authorised event participants. This event is about young international athletes from various cultures, and we firmly believe that the access control supported by our RFID inlays will go seamlessly,” says Samuli Strömberg, Vice President, Marketing, UPM Raflatac, RFID.

The EYOF is a biennial multi-sport event for youth athletes from the 49 European Union member countries of the association of European Olympic Committee. EYOFs first summer event was hosted in Brussels, Belgium in 1991, followed by the winter event two years later in Aosta, Italy. EYOF is the only all-European multi-sport event.

In Tampere, more than 2600 young European athletes will compete in nine different sports: athletics, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, volleyball, judo, swimming, tennis and handball.

For more information about the event, please see www.tampere2009.fi

For further information, please contact:
Mr Samuli Strömberg, Vice President, Marketing, RFID, UPM Raflatac, +358 40 740 9588
Mr Mikko Heinonen, Project Manager, European Youth Olympic Festival, +358 50 554 5835

About UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac, part of UPM's Engineered Materials business group, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of self-adhesive label materials and the world’s number one producer of HF and UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays. UPM Raflatac has a global service network consisting of 14 factories on five continents and a broad network of sales offices and slitting and distribution terminals worldwide. UPM Raflatac employs 2,600 people and made sales of approximately EUR 1 billion (USD 1.4 billion) in 2008. Further information is available at www.upmraflatac.com.