ELATEC USA news
From buildings to vehicle fleets and enterprise networks to perimeter gates, having access control to let the right people in—while keeping everyone else out—is a security necessity. ELATEC, a global specialist in radio frequency identification (RFID) readers enabling user authentication for these and other access control applications, will introduce its latest new product the TWN4 Palon Compact Panel Reader at the ISC West Conference and Exhibition, to be held March 17-20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Physical access control applications The Palon is a powerful, multi-function reader optimised for physical access control applications. Unlike traditional RFID readers, Palon’s unique capabilities include: Flexible architecture and a robust, open API to support custom applications and unique functionality Supports encryption for security applications Quick and easy updating to support emerging market requirements, and done so either remotely or via a contactless configuration card Reads and writes all major transponder technologies globally—60+, including HID Global, LEGIC and NXP, and NFC and BLE mobile device technologies for use with smartphones. Highly customisable panel mount Palon’s compact OEM PCB module is designed for integration into third-party products and devices. And its attractive, highly customisable panel mount is ideal for use in PAC panels, elevators, parking systems, EV chargers, kiosks and more. To see Palon and ELATEC’s suite of offerings, visit ELATEC booth #23006. Visitors can also see Palon in the new product showcase at ISC West.
The economics of electric vehicles (EVs) are hard to ignore – significantly cheaper to charge vs. fuel; up to 10x cheaper to maintain; a lifetime up to 2.5x as long as internal combustion engine vehicles and prices that continue to come down, driven by improving battery costs. These fundamentals are largely why the Bloomberg New Energy Finance 2019 Electric Vehicle Outlook suggests there will be 540 million EVs on the road by 2040: 500 million passenger vehicles and more than 40 million commercial EVs. To play their part in driving adoption, those behind the development of large-scale EV charging networks must continue to make charging as seamless and user-friendly as possible. ABB’s partnership with Elatec recognises payment as a key component in this effort. Accept authorisation from digital card “Until now, EV drivers using out-of-home charging had to authorise their charges with a physical RFID card. This meant needing to register and wait for a card through the mail, looking through a wallet or purse at the charging station, and waiting, again, for replacements when RFID cards are damaged or lost,” said Frank Muehlon, Head of ABB’s global business for EV Charging Infrastructure. “The new innovation by ABB and long-term partner Elatec, a provider of RFID technology, means ABB EV chargers are able to accept authorisation from a digital card stored in the users’ Apple or Android Wallet, making EV charging easier and more accessible than ever before.” The new technology enables charging service operators and e-mobility service providers to support authorisation using a membership pass stored in a users’ mobile wallet held against a TWN4 RFID reader, as an optional alternative to the physical RFID card they currently use. As a result, when an EV owner wants to recharge on the go, all that’s needed is the quick pass of a smart phone or watch. Growth of Electric vehicles adoption As the original RFID reader supplier for ABB, the partnership between the two companies is well established. When one of ABB’s customers, Electrify America, asked for mobile authorisation functionality, Elatec was the obvious partner. The innovation is live for Electrify America - the US and Canada are the first markets to adopt the technology – and is also open for use anywhere in the world. ABB sees mass technology adoption, including near field communication (NFC), as key to enabling growth of the EV market. This innovation is not a celebration of proprietary ABB technology, but an opportunity to move forward as an industry with solutions that encourage wider EV adoption to achieve scale. Leveraging open standards and interoperability As a non-proprietary technology, the use of NFC is also a key example of leveraging open standards and interoperability as a foundation to drive EV charging infrastructure development and deployment. From safety, scalability, savings, security and simplicity, interoperability enhances the fundamentals across virtually all aspects of EV infrastructure development. As noted in ABB’s recent White Paper, standards and interoperability: scaling EV charging infrastructure, 'Open standards create a common knowledge-base and language for consumers as well as infrastructure stakeholders; this understanding correlates directly with greater adoption and investment in EVs and infrastructure.' With open standards as the foundation, further developments in charging will combine with practical regulatory policies, underpinning increasingly rapid commercialisation and a steeper growth curve for EV adoption overall. And now, EV drivers can experience the fruits of this progress one smartphone wave at a time.
ELATEC USA Inc., a developer and manufacturer of innovative RFID products, announced Paul K. Massey as Chief Executive Officer. In this newly created position, Massey will report to the ELATEC Board of Directors and Managing Director Stefan Haertel. As CEO of ELATEC USA, Massey will focus on the growth and proliferation of ELATEC solutions in its North American and Latin American markets. Customer focused communicator “We are fortunate to have someone of Paul Massey’s calibre and experience lead ELATEC USA,” said Haertel. “We are in a period of major expansion in the Americas and we need independent regional leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Paul is a visionary with a proven track record of execution. He is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities.” John Tepley, President of ELATEC USA since its establishment in 2013, will continue in that role reporting to Massey. Embedded electronics industry Massey has more than thirty years of experience in the embedded electronics industry. He has held senior management positions with global responsibility at major technology companies including Motorola Embedded Computing, Emerson Network Power, Elo Touch Solutions and Ocular LCD. Most recently Paul was Vice President of Global Sales at Universal Air Filter. “I am honoured and excited to lead ELATEC USA,” said Massey. “It is a privilege to be part of a global organisation that delivers high-quality products and technology solutions to some of the most pervasive challenges—secure, convenient and easy to implement user authentication, authorisation and access control for buildings, devices and the assets they protect.”