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By Beth Bacheldor

PLI, Smartrac, NXP Join Forces to Provide Secure RFID Cards to Hospitality Market

Plasticard-Locktech International (PLI), a manufacturer of hotel keycards, has signed a large-scale and long-term supply agreement with Smartrac that will also feature NXP Semiconductors' Mifare ICs. For Smartrac, the companies report, the agreement means a breakthrough in the global hospitality, leisure and entertainment market, while PLI and its customers will benefit from improved product capability, quality and security. A secure, contactless infrastructure allows card usage for multiple applications. Just a single card, for example, can be used to open doors, make payments, earn loyalty points or rent a bike.

Beginning next month, Smartrac plans to start delivering tens of millions of RFID products to PLI for use during the next several years. The scope of supply includes genuine, secure Smartrac Prelam inlays—which combine NXP's Mifare chips and Smartrac's antenna technology—for contactless access cards, wearables, and gift and loyalty cards. With Smartrac inlays using NXP's Mifare ICs, PLI will be able to provide a gapless proof of authenticity and origin for its contactless cards and products, according to Smartrac. The addition of RFID will provide PLI's customers with improved credential quality, security and reliability, the companies note, without harming Smartrac's intellectual property rights.

NXP's Mifare ICs and Smartrac's Prelam inlays are fully compliant with the EAL4+ Common Criteria and ISO standards.

While Smartrac and PLI are not disclosing details, the supply agreement is for some of the highest volumes in Smartrac's history.

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