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RFID News Roundup

Confidex, Thales partner on flexible mass-transit card; Kerlink, Smart Traffik unveil LoRaWAN retail-analytics solution; Swissbit offers embedded IoT security products; Impinj intros enterprise-grade RFID reader for the IoT; Altizon, Deloitte collaborate on IIoT connected factory for HIL Ltd.; Industrial Internet Consortium opens community forum; RFID company Connect&GO acquires Kool Replay; Altair Semiconductor IoT chipset receives global certification from Deutsche Telekom.
By Rich Handley
Feb 06, 2020

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Confidex, Thales, Gemalto; Kerlink, Smart Traffik; Swissbit; Impinj; Altizon, Deloitte, HIL Ltd.; the Industrial Internet Consortium; Connect&GO, Kool Replay; Altair Semiconductor, and Deutsche Telekom AG.

Confidex, Thales Partner on Flexible Mass-Transit Card

Confidex, a designer and supplier of short-range wireless-identification solutions, and Thales, a provider of digital security systems, have formed a strategic partnership to develop flexible smart media for Calypso-based systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Thales will provide Confidex with Gemalto's operating system, which complies with the Calypso Light application (CLAP), a smaller version of Calypso intended for high-volume contactless paper-based cards used in public transport.

Paris-region occasional riders have relied on magstripe tickets to access the Metro, buses and trains for decades, the companies indicate. Last year, Ile de France authorities announced plans to replace those tickets with two new types of fare media in order to offer new services. Thales and Confidex are thus offering a reloadable product to help reduce the cost and waste associated with the more than 550 million magnetic tickets printed each year.

Confidex uses Gemalto's software solutions to create microprocessor-based smart media that include contactless paper cards embedded with a PET layer to reinforce the structure. This makes the product resistant to the harsh environments associated with transport applications, the partners indicate. Additionally, Confidex is working on the development of a plastic-free, Calypso-compliant contactless media platform.

"Combining our resources and competencies with those of Thales gives a foundation for Confidex to become a trusted supplier for CLAP-compliant paper-based products," said Timo Lindström, Confidex's CEO, in a prepared statement. "With the technology that we are creating with Thales, public transport operators can develop their ticketing solutions and be ensured that a consistent high-quality supply of tickets is available. This cooperative innovation among Thales, Confidex and our customers helps to further enhance the travel experience of both frequent and occasional travelers."

"This partnership with Confidex provides a flexible and more sustainable smart media solution for transport and other applications," added Sylvie Gibert, Thales' senior VP of payments cards, in the prepared statement. "Thales, through Gemalto's expertise in payment and ticketing, continues to bring innovations to a constantly evolving market."

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