Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

53 countries were represented at the gathering in London of Heads of Governments from all over the Commonwealth; the largest UK Government function for 2018.

Applications to attend were made via an online registration portal, GEM, developed and managed by Glasgows Event Management. Glasgows are a premier Event Management company working out of Lancashire.

IDentilam were approached by the team at Glasgows to work with them on the task to provide over 20,000 accreditation badges for the event. IDentilam were asked to:

  • supply Glasgows with the IDentilam ComPic badging solution for their own use prior to and throughout the event
  • provide a secure API interface for 2 way data exchange between ComPic and GEM
  • co-operate both pre-event and on-site in the production of high volumes of accreditation badges, on a very tight schedule

In short, our co-operation was an enormous success based on the “handshaking” between the IDentilam ComPic ID badging system and GEM, Glasgow’s front-end data collection portal.

Over 20,000 personalised accreditation badges and associated access overpasses, for specific buildings and meetings, were issued in a range of sizes and formats, for quick and easy recognition of the status and access rights of the badge holder.

GEM and ComPic ‘talked’ via a secure API interface for exchange of key accreditation information, including complex data mapping to allow ComPic to allocate one of over 30 sub-categories of badge type and link automatically to the relevant badge design.

The API interface process included ComPic auto-cropping photo images gathered via the portal to a size suitable for badging. After printing the badges at the local workstations, a print confirmation and the cropped photo file printed on the badge were uploaded up to the GEM cloud database, providing a 24/7 record of accreditation status.

The use of ComPic by IDentilam and Glasgows provided the most flexible solution for the widest possible range of badge sizes, media and designs – also enabling fast response to the additional requirements and last-minute changes needed by the government client. IDentilam provided the printed media with anti-counterfeiting features and also manufactured over 20,000 heat seal security pouches, turned around within days of order.

This co-operative project showed just how flexible and seamless a solution can be developed using current secure API/handshaking technology and cutting edge registration and badging systems.

IDentilam also provided the accreditation badges for CHOGM 1997, the last time the event was held in the UK.

ComPic™ – Computer Photo Identity Card system

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