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RFID News Roundup

Nedap intros slim mobile access-control reader ••• Fujitsu Frontech North America unveils biometric customer-authentication, RFID garment-tracking solutions ••• Tyco Retail Solutions collaborates with Google Cloud to power store solutions for digital transformation ••• Ambiq Micro releases Bluetooth 5 Low Energy microcrontrollers ••• INIT Innovation in Transportation secures HQ with STid, ABS Technology, SMARTContactless solutions ••• Atlas RFID Solutions adds bar-code scanning to mobile devices.
By Rich Handley
Jan 18, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Nedap Identification Systems; Fujitsu Frontech North America; Tyco Retail Solutions; Ambiq Micro; STid, ABS Technology, SMARTContactless; and Atlas RFID Solutions.

Nedap Intros Slim Mobile Access-Control Reader

Nedap Identification Systems has announced MACE Smart, a slim multi-technology reader for mobile access control. This reader is the newest addition to the MACE platform, which enables the use of smartphones in access-control systems. The MACE Smart can read virtual credentials on smartphones, as well as conventional smart cards. The company plans to introduce the device at the Intersec exhibition in Dubai, which will take place on Jan. 21 to 23, 2018.

"We are committed to unlocking the potential of smartphones as identification technology in access control systems," said Maarten Mijwaart, Nedap Identification Systems's general manager, in a prepared statement. "The release of our newest reader is proof of this commitment. In addition, we are also releasing a renewed version of the MACE Admin Portal that is used to distribute and revoke virtual access control cards. This renewed version now also has an API for seamless integration with any access control system. It is our firm belief that these innovations will help our partners to realize future proof access control solutions for their clients, whether it is for buildings, parking facilities or events."

With the introduction of the MACE platform last year, Nedap says it is responding to the global shift of smartphone credentials replacing physical cards. MACE readers support Bluetooth, Near Field Communication (NFC) and QR codes, to identify individuals using virtual credentials, which are then stored in a MACE app. MACE can be used in combination with any access-control system or other system that requires the swift identification of people, such as parking-management or registration systems.

The MACE Smart reader supports Bluetooth, NFC and smart cards and, according to the company, is small enough to be mullion-mounted. It has a slim design, making it suitable for doors that require a combination of security and convenience.

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