Nashville-based TransCore has landed a major contract the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to modernize its E-ZPass system. The State is moving towards a cashless tolling solution.
SMARTRAC is launching its new NTAG213 product line: BullsEye, Midas and Circus NTAG213 NFC tags come with 144 bytes user memory with password protection, are compatible with NFC Forum Type 2 Tags and ISO/IEC14443 Type A standards and offer UID mirror functionality. BullsEye tags come with etched NFC Forum N-Mark. Sharing their memory structure and feature set, SMARTRAC’s new NTAG213 products will replace the highly successful NTAG203 product range. The industry’s best-known all-purpose NFC tag, the SMARTRAC BullsEye, and its close relatives Midas and Circus are now available with the new NXP NTAG213 chip equipped with 144 bytes user memory with password protection. The new chip also features unique ID (UID) mirror functionality, which enables the IC’s serial number to be mirrored as part of its encoded URL address. SMARTRAC’s BullsEye NTAG213 all purpose NFC tag comes with an etched NFC Forum N-Mark in the tag’s center simplifies the use of the product as it can be placed directly on top of the printed materials providing easy recognition.
With the point-of-sale and the online markets rapidly gaining importance, the electronic payment system is poised to reach more number of retail and wholesale outlets worldwide. Smart cards and transponders are some of the microchip based payment devices, which are being effectively used in business transactions. The introduction of the new Chip Card system adds further security and safety as most of the chip cards are difficult to copy and therefore add to the anti-fraud safety in the transaction. The huge untapped potential can be put into perspective by the fact that the point-of-sales technology, especially in developing countries is still used in making just basic payments. Meanwhile, debit-card transactions are rising drastically driven by continued consumer preference away from credit cards.
GAO RFID Asset Tracking launched its advanced high frequency RFID reader writer, an ideal solution for integration into POS systems where multiple tag reads for long sequences of items are required such as jewellery applications, laundry management and document tracking. This compact RFID interrogator, model 233004, operates at 13.56 MHz and is certified for CE and FCC. It is compliant with ISO 15693 standard for vicinity transponders and is capable of reading multiple tags simultaneously from a maximum distance of up to 30 cm. The smart reader/writer communicates with a computer via an RS232 interface for data exchange and offers 3 LEDs for efficient status indication.
epay of Euronet, a prepaid and payments processor in the U.S., along with Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), has announced its technology to allow SunPass customers reload their accounts and check their SunPass account balance using cash at more than 2,000 epay locations across Florida. SunPass, Florida’s electronic prepaid toll program, is accepted on all toll roads and nearly all bridges statewide. Customers just give their SunPass transponder number to the cashier at any participating retailer, along with the amount of money they want to add to the SunPass account plus a $1.50 convenience fee per transaction. Customers then get back a receipt showing the amount added to the SunPass account. Checking SunPass account balances works the same way, except there is no convenience fee.
RFID forecasts indicate the value of the overall market for electronic toll collection and e-ID/ID documents as well as “modernizing” applications such as contactless payment and ticketing will pass the $6 billion mark next year. Thanks to initial growth seen in 2009, ABI research indicates CAGRs of between 21.7% and 28.8% for the five primary applications from 2010-2014. Case in point is the Wal-Mart multi-billion unit passive UHF RFID apparel tag and 15,000+ handheld reader RFP order and its expected US rollout, which some observers believe has sparked renewed interest in RFID for item-level tracking.
SMARTRAC RFID transponders has signed binding agreements to acquire the
assets of Millennium Card’s Technology (MCT), a subsidiary of On Track
Innovations contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions, and
the machinery/inlay production intellectual property from OTI for EUR
8.5 million (approx. $12.5 million). The Parties signed a supply
agreement that will fully secure OTI’s delivery of products and projects
and SMARTRAC becomes OTI’s exclusive supplier for wire-embedded and Dual
Interface Inlays. All patent litigations and in particular all patent
infringement legal proceedings between SMARTRAC and OTI have been
ceased. SMARTRAC sees these agreements as an opportunity to strengthen
its leadership position in the global RFID inlay market, offering a
wider range of products through OTI’s production and machinery to its
manufacturing capacity. The sale of assets will significantly reduce OTI
operating expenses, which will cease to produce inlays.
RFID markets are not contracting, according to new research. Positive signs are beginning to appear and forecasts suggest that even with the ailing automotive vertical included, the RFID market should see 11% growth between 2009 and 2010. According to ABI Research, remove the deeply depressed automotive immobilizer numbers which are directly tied to vehicle production and the growth rate jumps to almost 16%.
Transponders, readers, software, and services are all showing healthy growth. The most robust applications include contactless ticketing, contactless payments (particularly in North America and Europe), item-level tracking in fashion apparel and footwear, asset management (not only corporate assets, but also returnable transport items, tools/parts, and work-in-process), baggage handling, real-time location systems (RTLS) and electronic identification documents.
RFID inlay manufacturer SMARTRAC N.V has
received Card Quality Management (CQM) Certifications from MasterCard.
CQM is a quality program ensuring high quality standards throughout the
entire production process of MasterCard-branded products.
The CQM Label has been granted to SMARTRAC’s High Frequency card inlays,
Durable Dual Interface (DDI) Inlays as well as to the module packaging
process. With the recently awarded CQM certification, SMARTRAC’s
production processes from
chip embedding to manufacturing of the DDI and HF card inlays have
formally been verified to pursue the strict MasterCard quality
requirements for the manufacturing facility, process management,
testing, evaluation, and auditing. SMARTRAC’s High Frequency (HF) card
inlays for highly secure
ePayment cards have already been certified by MasterCard in 2006. This
certification has been renewed for all SMARTRAC HF inlays within the
Based on the ABI Research vendor matrices for innovation and
implementation, KSW Microtec RFID component supplier has been ranked
among the top ten for the “Contactless Inlays,” “UHF Passive RFID Label
Inlay” and “HF Passive RFID Label Inlays” categories. Determining
ranking are the product and company characteristics and how, which are
aggregated and analyzed based on industry leadership, knowledge
transfer, application strategies, standards adherence market range,
penetration and breadth. Germany-based KSW Microtec supplier of Radio
Frequency Identification components for special and standard across many
sectors was founded in 1994 and employs 60 staff.
ASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies (ITG) has appointed Perry
M. Garvis as the Director of Product Marketing for Contactless
Payment to oversee the organization’s global contactless payments.
In doing so, Garvis will market the ITG contactless prelaminates, cards,
transponders, readers and OEM reader modules having to do with the
payments sector. Garvis has over 30 years experience in marketing and
sales of RFID, security and wireless technologies with such companies as
Motorola and GE Interlogix. Most recently, Garvis was employed with
Texas Instruments as the Director of National Accounts Contactless
Payments and RFID Systems. ITG employs over 1100 employees out of
its 25 offices on all continents with headquarters in Walluf , Germany.
Sokymat is providing contactless movie cards to
Europlex Cinemas. To obtain a card, all movie-goers need to do is open
an account with Europlex. The ISO card, with its integrated radio
frequency identification chip, grants access to an account to
which all purchases are debited. Several card owners can share the same
account, so that for instance each member of a family can receive his or
her own cinema card while only opening one account. The card can be used
to quickly and conveniently purchase tickets for any Europlex cinema at
the cash desks and interactive kiosks in movie theatres, as well as
online through the Europlex web site by providing the unique ID
code printed on the card and then pick up the tickets at the cinema.
Sokymat is a supplier of RFID transponders.