Helping to keep Essen’s Winter Event running smoothly!

Helping to keep Essen’s Winter Event running smoothly!

The Essen Winter Event is a 4,500 square meter winter landscape with the largest ice rink in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the only one on two levels in Germany. Running from January to March 2024 the event saw thousands of visitors come to enjoy the curling rink, extensive culinary delights and ‘Ice Lounge’.

To ensure the smooth running of an event on such a large scale requires effective crowd management and zone restrictions. The event organisers at Essener Winter Traum were therefore looking for a solution that was not only reliable and robust, but attractive with built in access control readers to manage those with tickets on and off the ice.

Cards-x were chosen by the organisers of Essen City Centres Winter Event to help manage the footfall on their two story ice rink. The cards-x CX T6 turnstile is already used in ski resorts across the world and was an ideal turnstile for outdoor use.


Cards-x developed the CX T6 turnstile as part of a complete access control system for stationary or mobile operation. The T6 consists essentially of a motor-operated drive unit with locking arms, and a head unit with readers for different media. The head unit and drive unit are connected by a light ring, which displays different colours to demonstrate the state of the turnstile.

Norman Kämmerling, cards-x CEO comments, "We were proud to be chosen by the organisers to help manage visitors on and off the ice. With extensive experience in visitor management at winter sporting events we were confident the CX turnstile was a perfect solution for them. With built in readers the turnstiles required little management from the staff at the event and guests could get on and off the ice easily with a valid ticket."

About cards-x

The cards-x group is a specialist European distributor of Access Control Solutions, including  ID card printers and related consumables, turnstiles and readers. cards-x is also a manufacturer of rigid ID cardholders. Established for more than 12 years, cards-x has the experience and knowledge to supply and support all partners.

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