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Vietnam Post and Telecom selects Nedap tags, readers for building, elevator access ••• World Customs Organization adds Thinfilm tags to anti-counterfeiting platform ••• Farfetch to turn fashion retailer Browns into an RFID-enabled 'Store of the Future' ••• Atlas RFID Solutions announces upgrade to Jovix materials-management solution ••• SML Group joins RAIN RFID Alliance.
By Beth Bacheldor
May 14, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Nedap, Vietnam Post and Telecom Group; Thinfilm, World Customs Organization; Farfetch; Atlas RFID Solutions; and SML Group.

Vietnam Post and Telecom Selects Nedap Tags, Readers for Building, Elevator Access

Nedap, a manufacturer of security and inventory-management solutions, has announced that the Vietnam Post and Telecommunication (VNPT) has recently upgraded its headquarters with Nedap's uPASS Reach readers and Combi cards to facilitate hands-free building and elevator access.

Nedap uPASS Reach
Located in central Hanoi, Vietnam, VNPT has 1,000 employees working at the headquarters, according to Nedap, and access-control systems for managing vehicles and individuals are needed to guarantee a convenient and secure flow of people. The entire project included access-control readers for automatic vehicle identification at the building's parking facilities, elevator management and hands-free door access.

The uPASS Reach, which complies with the ISO 18000-6C and EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID standards, features an integrated, fine-tuned antenna in a compact enclosure, measuring 200 millimeters by 220 millimeters by 45 millimeters (7.9 inches by 8.7 inches by 1.8 inches), and is IP65-rated, so it can be used both indoors and outdoors. Built-in high-intensity red, green and blue LEDs provide a user with visual feedback that the tag has been read or authorized. The LED and beeper functionality can be controlled via the access-control panel, but can also be preconfigured. The device also features a tamper switch to immediately provide tamper-evident indication.

The Combi cards that VNPT is using combine a passive UHF inlay and NXP Semiconductors' high-frequency (HF) Mifare technology, Nedap thus. Thus, the company's employees and visitors need only a single card to gain authorized access to the parking lot, as well as to the 184 doors and elevators throughout the entire premises. This makes the solution cost-efficient.

VNPT's Headquarters
Nedap partner Techpro installed Nedap's uPASS Reach readers in combination with an elevator access-control system from IDTECK to help control the six passenger elevators in the building's 27 floors. Only those with an authorized access credential can operate elevators with call buttons. All exit doors at the stairs are also equipped with Nedap's uPASS readers for tracking purposes. With this solution, Nedap explains, VNPT ensures convenient and secure hands-free elevator access to all of its authorized employees and registered visitors.

Prior to the technology's installation, VNPT's security department found it burdensome to monitor the comings and goings of hundreds of daily visitors, according to Techpro's director, Do Duc Hau. The new installation, he says, makes it easier to grant access to authorized visitors to the correct floor and the right department. Visitor information can now also be stored, and can provide support for management purposes.

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