RFID News Roundup

Published: August 17, 2023

RFID boosts security guest experience at Celtic Collection; L-com releases stamped metal antennas for IoT applications; Treon IoT sensor with accelerometer gains patent; Renesas has acquired Sequans Communications.

RFID Boosts Security, Guest Experience at Celtic Collection

Celtic Collection hotels have upgraded their guest door locks to include RFID security abilities. The VingCard solution is provided by hospitality security technology company Assa Abloy Global Solutions.

The Celtic Manor Resort

Celtic Collection operates luxury and family-friendly destinations throughout the UK. It adopted the solution from Assa Abloy to provide consistent security while enabling guests mobile access to rooms.

The Celtic Collection is upgrading its VingCard Classic locks to VingCard Classic RFID at two properties: the Celtic Manor Resort and Coldra Court Hotel. VingCard Classic locks are able to be upgraded with RFID capabilities without requiring an overhaul of existing lock hardware, Assa Abloy reports.

By introducing RFID readers into the VingCard system at the two hotels, the company can offer security encryption technology that protects against keycard cloning and unauthorized room access. Switching to RFID-based keycards also eliminates the risk of guest keycards becoming demagnetized, according to Assa Abloy.

L-com Releases Stamped Metal Antennas for IoT and RFID Applications

Wired and wireless connectivity products company L-com (an Infinite Electronics brand) has introduced a family of stamped metal antenna products. The new antennas, with an AP/router embedded in them, offer a combination of performance, ultra-compactness, and ruggedness, the company says. The stamped metal antennas are omni-directional for uniform coverage in all directions, leveraging isotropic radiation patterns.

These antennas can serve a variety of frequencies – including 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, BLE, Zigbee, and IEEE 802.11-based applications – for remote technology monitoring, consumer tracking, smart home wearables and devices, agriculture, healthcare, and digital signage. They are designed to be compact at one to two inches long and to integrate in small routers and access points. What’s more, they feature case mounting or on-board mounting. The new antennas can be purchased individually or in value packs of 50 and are available for immediate shipment.

Treon IoT Sensor with Accelerometer Gains Patent

Finland-base Internet of Things (IoT) company Treon has earned a patent for its wireless technology, which consists of an embedded accelerometer inside the bolt of the Treon Industrial Node 6 and its variants. The use of the accelerometer eliminates unwanted resonances, the company reports, and delivers high-quality measurement data. With the sensor, the solution provides acceleration and vibration measurements within the company’s sensor device.

The Treon Industrial Node 6 is a wireless, battery-operated device that measures tri-axial vibration and surface temperature of rotating equipment, such as pumps, motors, and compressors, with a frequency range up to 6.3kHz. In addition, Treon Industrial Node 6 Ex has ATEX, IECEx, and HazLoc certifications, which allow measuring vibration in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Treon is entering the North American market with a series of US partnerships. This includes collaborations with SymphonyAI Industrial, which provides predictive maintenance and autonomous plant operation solutions.

Renesas Has Acquired Sequans Communications

Semiconductor solutions company Renesas Electronics Corporation purchased Sequans Communications S.A., a 5G and 4G cellular IoT chips and modules firm. The transaction means that Renesas will acquire all outstanding ordinary shares, including American Depositary Shares (ADS) of Sequans for $3.03 per ADS in cash. The transaction closes this year. Sequans is valued at approximately $249 million, including net debt.

Renesas intends to integrate Sequans’ cellular connectivity products and IP into its own core product lineup, including microcontrollers, microprocessors, analog, and mixed signal front ends. With the acquisition, Renesas will be able to extend its reach to cellular IoT technology. This will, in part, meet expanding demand for smart meters, asset tracking systems, smart homes, smart cities, connected vehicles, fixed wireless access networks, and mobile computing devices. An industry study forecasts that the number of cellular IoT devices will continue to grow by more than 10 percent annually, the companies report.

Renesas has recently acquired other companies, including Dialog, Celeno, and Panthronics. In the meantime, since 2020, Renesas and Sequans have been collaborating on solutions that combine Renesas’ embedded processors and analog front-end products with Sequans’ wireless chipsets for wide-scale IoT and broadband applications.