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RFID News Roundup

HID Global intros iClass SE UHF readers for hands-free parking, gate control ••• Smartrac unveils Smart-Loop Prelam for UHF eID applications ••• Impinj adds handheld readers to its platform ••• ISO ratifies GS1 EPCIS standard ••• Penn State researchers use Gimbal beacons to create interactive learning spaces ••• Optivity Group announces RFID asset-tracking software for museums.
By Beth Bacheldor
Sep 17, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: HID Global; Smartrac; Impinj; GS1; Penn State, Gimbal; and Optivity Group.

HID Global Intros iClass SE UHF Readers for Hands-free Parking, Gate Control

HID Global has announced that it has expanded its iClass SE platform with long-range ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID solutions that provide new options for opening doors and parking gates from a distance. The addition of long-range iClass SE readers and credentials enables organizations to combine parking gate and door access control on a single card, the company reports, and makes it possible to read a tag's credentials from inside a vehicle located up to 16.4 feet (5 meters) from the reader.

HID Global's long-range solutions portfolio includes the iClass SE U90, a rugged and weather-resistant ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) reader compliant with the ISO 18000-6C standard and optimized for outdoor use, which supports credentials containing Secure Identity Object (SIO) encryption technology. The iClass SE U90 is built on the Security Industry Association (SIA) Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard, which also ensures the secure transmission of data from the reader to the controller, according to HID Global. The reader features advanced encryption, along with end-to-end communications technology. Also available is HID Global's dual-technology smart card, which supports both iClass SE 13.56 MHz high-frequency (HF) and UHF credentials, HID Global reports, thereby providing a single solution for seamless door, parking and gate control.

The iClass SE U90 reader allows users to activate gate control from inside a car, and the "no-stop" hands-free parking access with the iClass SE U90 reader and UHF credentials provides organizations with a long-distance option for parking gate control and the additional benefit of improved vehicle flow through parking facilities, according to HID Global.

"HID Global now offers an easier way for our customers to add parking and gate control to their security infrastructure, with new long-range access options that enhance user convenience while improving the flow of people and vehicles to and from facilities," said John Fenske, HID Global's VP of product marketing for physical access control, in a prepared statement. "Our new portfolio of readers and credentials significantly expands the capabilities of an organization's access control systems across UHF and smart card technologies. The new solution has already delivered proven security and convenience benefits in early deployments at installations spanning hundreds of readers and more than a million credentials."

HID Global's long-range UHF solutions are available now.

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