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By Beth Bacheldor

Norway Post Expands Implementation of Nedap's Multi-access RFID Solution

Posten Norge (Norway Post) has advanced the implementation of Nedap's long-range RFID solution at most of its sorting facilities to manage employee access into offices, and for employees and vehicles moving in and out of distribution centers, according to Nedap, a manufacturer of security and inventory-management solutions. The key benefit, Nedap reports, is that employees can use their existing badges for all the different areas.

Nedap's Transit solution was selected for secure vehicle access control. The solution includes Transit Standard, which is designed to identify vehicles and drivers at a distance of up to 10 meters (33 feet) and a traveling speed of up to 200 kilometers per hour (125 miles per hour) by using semi-active (2.45 GHz) RFID tags. It was installed in most terminals at the parcel-sorting facilities, Nedap says. The solution also includes Nedap's Booster in-vehicle transponder, which contains a unique vehicle identification number and also a card reader that reads the driver's inserted personal identification card. With the Booster onboard the cars and freight trucks, both a vehicle and its driver are identified simultaneously. The Transit solution supports all common interfaces, according to Nedap, and transfers data to any access-control panel securely.

The RFID solution's implementation began in 2008 at Norway Post's Robsrud Terminal, where more than 60 percent of all mail in that country is handled. Currently, the system is installed in most Norway Post terminals nationwide, in such areas as Stavanger, Drammen, Frederikstad, Bergen, Molde, Trondheim and Oslo. Norway Post, which has nearly 20,000 employees, develops and delivers integrated solutions for postal, communications and logistics services.

The newest facility, near Oslo, will be the largest and most advanced of its kind in Norway, according to Nedap. With the handling of up to 150,000 packages and approximately 1,000 inbound and outbound freight shipments daily, the flow of vehicles at the terminal gates needed to be optimized and secured. Nedap's long-range identification system offers fast but secure access control for vehicles entering and exiting the terminals, the company reports, based on the existing Norway Post employee badges.

In June 2014, RFID Journal reported that Norway Post was using HID Global's multiClass SE readers and multi-technology cards supporting standard iClass and HID Prox. HID Global's multiClass SE readers can be used to interrogate a variety of 125 kHz and 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags (iClass Seos and iClass SE credential platforms, standard iClass, Mifare, and Mifare DESFire EV1 with custom data models) and form factors, including mobile devices utilizing Seos (see Norway's Postal Service Deploys HID Global Access-Control Technology).

"We have selected the Nedap Transit solution because it supports multi-technology cards, allowing Norway Post to keep our established HID Corporate 1000 format whilst upgrading to higher security," said Arnfinn Nordheim, Norway Post's security director, in a prepared statement.

"Nedap is the only company in the world offering this innovative solution which allows us to read an RFID employee badge over more than 10 meters," Tor R. Jacobsen, Norway Post's senior security advisor, added in the statement. "The Nedap products can be found in all parts of the world in high-end security applications, which gave us the confirmation to make a reliable choice."

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