Youth Olympic Games 2010

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The idea of holding Youth Olympic Games came from IOC President Jacques Rogge. In 2007, the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to introduce a version of the Olympic Games specifically for young people. The summer and winter games are to be held on an alternating basis every two years. And thus it was that, in August 2010, the first summer games took place.

Education, culture and sport
The IOC’s aim is to combine education and culture with sport. This aim will also have a bearing on the selection of the host country. Singapore matches this criterion entirely. Apart from boasting excellent infrastructure, the Asian city state has always made sporting endeavor part of its wider culture and education. There was also a stipulation that no new buildings should be constructed to house the athletes. The most obvious solution was to set up the Olympic village at a university. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was chosen. This globally oriented teaching and research establishment for science and technology has more than 30,000 students on its books. In biomedical science, environmental technology and hydrotechnology, as well as in interactive and digital media, NTU enjoys an excellent reputation and is among the world’s leading research institutions. The university has 16 separate halls of residence on its campus, making it the ideal place to house the Olympic athletes.

“An excellent overview is ensured in the management of access authorization.” YOG Village 
Stringent security standards
Nanyang Technological University obviously wanted to guarantee the best possible security for its international guests. It made use of the very latest technology, thereby ensuring that the stringent security standards applying to athletes and officials during the games were met. Kaba is not a new partner to this Singapore university. It has fitted several of its buildings with digital cylinders in the past. After being selected as the site for the Olympic village, the university decided this was an ideal opportunity to further optimize security on campus in general. Kaba won out here with its all-round expertise in access management and the benefits it was able to provide in terms of security, organization and convenience. Overall, 4,000 student rooms as well as communal areas were equipped with new security technology.

Integration of online and stand-alone
With a view to achieving the optimum in terms of both security and cost, a CardLink solution was chosen, using the Kaba exos 9300 access management system. The combination of online and stand-alone components in a single unified system brings a number of advantages. An excellent overview is ensured in the management of access authorization. Programming is as easy as can be: a programming key is all that is needed, other programming devices or software are not required. The user has full control of the system, and can react swiftly in the event of an emergency. A total of nine online systems were put in place, with more than 240 card readers. In addition, over 4,100 digital cylinders and 340 c-lever door fittings were installed as stand-alone components, as well as 340 experT mechanical cylinders.

Cost-effective solution
The solution was also a compelling one from a cost perspective. The system has the advantages of minimal energy use and low operating and maintenance costs. Maintenance can be carried out in-house and therefore at low cost. A particular challenge for this contract was the extremely tight timetable stipulated by the developers. All cylinders had to be installed in less than 50 days, which meant fitting 90 doors every day.


Games without borders

  • More than 3,600 athletes and 800 officials from 205 national Olympic committees
  • 26 different types of sport
  • 20,000 local and international volunteers
  • 800 media representatives
  • Over 500,000 spectators
  • Numerous cultural and education programs running in tandem

Winter games: 2012 in Innsbruck (AT)