Dr. Manfred Mueller
Articles by Dr. Manfred Mueller
Identiv, Inc. announced the company has entered into a distribution partnership with Development Trading Company (DTC), the first and leading security printing and services company in Saudi Arabia. In partnership with DTC, Identiv will bring its portfolio of highly secure smart card reader technology and credentials to the Middle East for the first time. This global expansion reflects Identiv’s goal to make affordable, high-security access and identification solutions universally available. Identiv’s smart card-based products for physical and logical access control Utilized around the world, Identiv’s smart card-based products and solutions enable security and identification applications, transaction systems, e-health and e-government applications. Identiv’s smart card reader portfolio features the broadest variety of contact, contactless, and mobile smart card reader and terminal technology, and digital identity and transaction platforms. Available in varied form factors, Identiv’s comprehensive, end-to-end portfolio of credentials can be used for physical and logical access control, converged access solutions for building and computer access, transit payment, brand protection, time and attendance, cashless vending, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Identiv’s cards are available as single-technology credentials, multi-technology, or credentials with a contact chip for high-assurance deployments using digital certificates. DTC joins Identiv’s 400+ distribution partners and customers in over 50 countries worldwide. “Identiv shares DTC’s enthusiasm of forging into the connected future of physical and logical access control,” said Dr. Manfred Mueller, Identiv COO and General Manager, Smart Card Readers and Transponders. “For the first time ever, Identiv will offer its complete portfolio of smart card reader technology and credentials to the Middle East, made possible by this exciting new partnership.” DTC aims to bring RFID technology, classified document protection and high security access control to the Gulf region “DTC is focused on bringing radio frequency identification (RFID), brand authenticity, document protection, secure credentials, and the highest security access control to the Middle East,” said Sultan M. Al Ammari, DTC Operations Manager. “We are thrilled to partner with Identiv, the most trusted global provider of physical security and secure identification solutions, and provide our partners with Identiv’s cutting-edge smart card reader and credential technology.” Identiv is proud to be connected to a growing number of national distribution partners who support the company’s smart card reader, credential, and radio frequency (RFID), near field communication (NFC), and inlay business units. This expert network of security solution distributors supports the industry by delivering progressive, innovative technology to their customers.
Identiv, Inc. has announced its cohesive collection of COVID-19 response solutions in order to support enterprises and government customers in worldwide offices that are now reopening. Identiv’s frictionless, touchless solutions create healthier and more hygienic offices. The hands-free technology also streamlines transactions and access, temperature tracking, and contact tracing to help employees and visitors feel safe and secure. Frictionless, hands-free technology “With the threat of COVID-19 still around us, frictionless, hands-free solutions are a key part of any organisation’s efforts to make a healthier, safer environment,” said Steven Humphreys, Identiv Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Identiv’s highly secure access and identity solutions address multiple business needs to re-open and grow" Steven adds, “Identiv’s highly secure access and identity solutions address multiple needs for businesses to re-open and grow again in the new pandemic-era normal.” Quick, affordable temperature tracking “As large public venues begin to reopen, quick, affordable temperature tracking will be the first line of defense to assure visitors and employees that operators have their safety at top of mind,” added Dr. Manfred Mueller, Identiv Chief Operations Officer (COO) and General Manager, Identity. Dr. Mueller adds, “For those not yet comfortable returning to work, secure network log-in options facilitate a bridge between on-site and telecommuting teams.” Identiv’s complete portfolio of COVID-19 response solutions include: Smart, frictionless access control MobilisID uses the latest in Bluetooth and capacitive technologies to allow complete frictionless access, no touching required. The MobilisID App (available via Apple iOS and Android) acts as a physical credential — the user can keep their mobile device in their pocket, wave their hand near the MobilisID Reader and the door automatically unlocks. MobilisID can also integrate with ADA-compliant automatic door hardware to form a complete touchless solution. With the Freedom access control system, no reader is even required at the door. Freedom’s software-defined architecture uses the location of a user’s mobile device to determine their proximity to a door for hands-free ingress and egress. The system can also be used in parallel with conventional reader doors. Frictionless, battery-less uTrust UHF Credentials work with identification applications that require long-distance reading (i.e., more than 18 - 21 feet). Ultra high-frequency (UHF) technology is ideal for parking lot access and gate control, door entry in hospitals or gated communities, logistics, object and people tracking in emergency situations, real-time locationing, cafeteria access, and any hands-free environment, including medical or care facilities, club and resort membership, sport facilities, and universities. The credentials can be read through badge holders, handbags, pockets, and No-touch time and attendance uTrust 3721 F multi-technology smart card reader features multiple frequency options and a keyboard emulation. Perfect for employers who use a mixture of technologies for logical access, uTrust 3721 F leverages existing 125 kHz low-frequency (LF) or 13.56 MHz high-frequency (HF) cards. Out-of-the-box, uTrust 3721 F can work with most time and attendance systems, letting employees simply tap a card to the reader to clock in. Nearly hands-free transactions and access With Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, it’s easy to get near an access point without ever actually touching it. Identiv’s NFC-enabled solutions feature a catalogue of transponders compatible with NFC Forum created for secure contactless transactions and connecting electronic devices with a simple tap-and-go model. Designed for comfort and wearability, the uTrust Proximity Wristband keeps wearers from reaching for their phone or card every time they need to gain access to a parking garage, building, room, or elevator. A passive radio frequency identification (RFID) device, the no-battery credential is robust, resistant to cracking, and impervious to moisture. Temperature tracking and contact tracing Identiv’s Body Temperature Measurement Patch is a wearable NFC-enabled transponder that supports the reopening of public spaces worldwide, including theme parks and stadiums, and helps operators keep attendees and employees comfortable, confident, and safe. The patch also supports global governments and healthcare workers that need to periodically monitor quarantined patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The new solution combines the simplicity of using NFC and the smart technology potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), making body temperature monitoring easier than ever. Identiv has partnered with Telaeris to deliver a rapidly deployable, industry-renowned, mobile access control hardware and software solution that provides security in a variety of mission-critical situations where traditional systems cannot be supported. By leveraging Telaeris’ mobile credential verification hardware, Hirsch Velocity Software-based access control systems can go beyond protecting the perimeter and empower security staff to authenticate and authorise users with photos from anywhere, at any time, with real-time server synchronisation. Telaeris handheld units with HealthCheck functionality can prompt staff to ask a series of health questions and input the taken temperature of a validated user to create a ‘health/access check’ profile upon entering which can then be repeated upon exiting. If a person enters a building and is later found to be symptomatic, Hirsch Velocity Software with Contact Tracing can pull a report of everyone who entered the same door who can then be notified to either get tested or self-quarantine. While this is useful during the days of COVID-19, it can also be used for other applications, such as the seasonal influenza. This means every office can be proactive in responding to potential outbreaks, while simultaneously providing employees with the peace of mind that there are measures in place to keep them safe. Working from Home For some organisations, even as worldwide economies are restarting, employees continue to or are more comfortable working from home. Identiv’s smart card reader portfolio keeps work flowing while ensuring everyone’s data and health stays safe and secure. Top selections for secure network log-in while telecommuting include, uTrust Token Pro Mini Type A (smallest form factor, strong PKI, and Java Card technology, uTrust Token Pro Mini Type C (USB C and can feature user branding and applets), uTrust 2700R Contact (supports all PC operating systems and cards ICs), 0 USB (ultra-compact, CAC and PIV-approved, and available in USB C, uTrust 4701 F Dual Interface (combines contact, contactless, and NFC tech), and uTrust SmartFold SCR3500 A (USB A, ultra-compact, and CAC and PIV-approved). As the economy begins to open up and people around the world return to work, it’s critical to have solutions in place that keep employees and visitors feeling safe, comfortable, and confident.
Identiv, Inc. announced the development of Identiv’s Body Temperature Measurement Patch. The near field communication (NFC)-enabled transponder supports the reopening of public spaces, including theme parks and stadiums, and helps operators keep attendees and employees comfortable, confident, and safe. The product also supports global governments and healthcare workers that need to periodically monitor quarantined patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The new solution combines the simplicity of using NFC and the smart technology potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), making body temperature monitoring easier than ever. Identiv’s Body Temperature Measurement Patch makes it simple for anyone to monitor personal temperature curves. The patch is most accurately read when applied under the upper arm and is currently being tested on other areas of the body. Affordable temperature tracking The solution features skin friendly adhesive and can be worn for multiple days. For instant temperature measurements, tap the passive patch with any NFC-enabled smartphone. The positioning of the patch allows temperature measurement close to the body yet keeps the readout as simple as possible. As large public venues begin to reopen, quick, affordable temperature tracking will be the first line of defence in order to assure visitors and employees that operators have their safety at top of mind. Identiv has developed passive body patches, and samples are immediately available" “Besides incredibly uncomfortable nose swabs, there are no safety indicators adoptable by large public venues except temperature readings,” said Dr. Manfred Mueller, Identiv COO and GM, Identity. “In order to support the safest possible reopening of these spaces — in the most practical, scalable way — Identiv has developed passive body patches, and samples are immediately available.” High-accuracy temperature sensor For clinical-grade applications, Identiv’s Body Temperature Measurement Patch can be combined with a high-accuracy temperature sensor, which follows the ASTM E1112 Standard for Electronic Thermometers for Intermittent Determination of Patient Temperature. For customers who need to track body temperatures over a longer period of time without tapping, Identiv has made available an active battery version. Attached to the body, it can track temperature measurements over multiple days and store the data in the cloud or in an offline application. Global governments and healthcare workers can utilise either the passive or active version of Identiv’s Body Temperature Measurement Patch for quarantined citizens, employees, or patients testing positive for COVID-19. Monitored via the cloud, temperature measurements can be assessed without sending someone to take a reading in-person. Ultra high-frequency However, if a patient’s condition suddenly grows worse, healthcare personnel can be immediately alerted. Identiv has been creating award-winning IoT-enabled temperature-sensing and datalogging solutions for the past five years. The team is expert in designing and manufacturing high-frequency (HF) and ultra high-frequency (UHF) transponders for embedded use in billions of everyday objects, including medical devices, books, toys, athletic apparel, perishable food items, and pharmaceuticals. Regardless of the form factor, Identiv’s transponders are uniquely positioned to deliver radio frequency identification (RFID) connectivity to and interact with virtually any object in the IoT.
Identiv, Inc. announced the launch of uTrust 2920 F Bluetooth Smart Card Reader, focusing on portable security and powerful authentication in mobile cyber security. uTrust 2920 F provides a mobile, cable-free solution for secure multi-platform access to email, portals, and authenticated collaboration sites. Identiv's uTrust 2920 F is a Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0-enabled, ISO/IEC7816-compatible contact smart card reader. The cable-free smart card reader solution secures mobile access through multiple platforms to web-based email, portals, and collaboration sites authenticated to approved smart cards. The new reader supports the security mode and service level for Bluetooth devices established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in "NIST Special Publication 800-121 Revision 2 Guide to Bluetooth Security". Eliminate complex passwords Its lightweight, unique design enables the use of smart cards and two-factor authentication to eliminate complex passwords and password management. All-platform-compatible uTrust 2920 F can be used with desktop and mobile systems and features an activity LED and rechargeable 800mAh Li-battery. "The mobility, versatility, and security of uTrust 2920 F sets it high above other options available on the market today," said Dr Manfred Mueller, Identiv COO. "Not only is our cable-free solution compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand and completely rechargeable, it is affordable, provides multiple OS support, and is Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 compatible. The market has been moving away from unsecure passwords for some time, and as Identiv continues to focus on the shifts in mobile cyber security, we're pleased to launch a powerful product that you can simply put in your pocket."
Identiv, Inc. has announced that the company and Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG have entered into a multi-year agreement for the delivery of Identiv’s RFID Inlays for device-level authentication and anti-counterfeiting of one-time-use medical devices in hospitals. Identiv RFID portfolio Currently contracted to strengthen secure authentication in the Internet of Things (IoT) over the next three years, several million inlays from Identiv’s radio-frequency identification (RFID) portfolio will be connected to high-tech labels and attached to one-time-use medical devices in hospitals throughout Europe. Identiv’s RFID Inlays will provide contactless identification of the devices, optimising processes during medical procedures (i.e., checking for compatibility between different types of equipment) and protecting patients’ health and safety from counterfeiting. Identiv’s RFID Inlays will provide contactless identification of the devices, optimising processes during medical procedures Device-level authentication “Identiv is proud that our highly secure RFID Inlays were the right fit for this project, strengthening our long-term partnership with Schreiner Group,” said Dr. Manfred Mueller, Identiv COO and General Manager Identity. “We see device-level authentication and anti-counterfeiting applications gaining further importance throughout the IoT, not just in the medical field. Customers looking to protect people and products are our priority at Identiv.” Meeting the highest industry standards in the challenging healthcare market, Identiv’s dry 32 x 15 mm RFID Inlays feature Infineon SRF55V02P chips, aiming to provide the best possible treatment for patients. Once the three-year contract has been fulfilled, there will be discussion to expand the business. Intelligent identity solutions “At Schreiner Group, it’s our mission to benefit our customers by delivering intelligent solutions that optimise processes and enhance product safety,” said Manfred Laschinger, Schreiner Group GmbH Head of Corporate Purchasing. “Our customers are challenging us to meet the highest standards in terms of quality, reliability, and service. And we are pleased to continue working with Identiv to deliver just this.” Identiv’s comprehensive RFID, NFC, and inlay transponder portfolio brings smart identities and security to the IoT. Identiv’s innovative high-frequency (HF) and ultra-high frequency (UHF) 13.56 MHz RFID Inlays are completely customisable, are available as dry or wet inlays, and come in various shapes and sizes. The inlays can feature multiple designs integrating various materials, chip technologies, and frequencies for metal and non-metal environments. Near field communication smart posters Identiv produces inlays using advanced flip-chip technology and state-of-the-art, high-volume die-bonding processes with integrated inline quality and process control to guarantee superior quality performance. In addition to healthcare and the IoT, Identiv’s RFID Inlay portfolio can benefit near field communication (NFC) smart posters and billboards, libraries, event and transportation ticketing, automotive and chemical industries, logistics and supply chain, asset management, pharmaceuticals, electronic games, event management, wearable technology, customer loyalty programs, and more.
Identiv, Inc. announced the company has entered into a distribution partnership with Universal Smart Cards, a provider of the implementation of smart chip cards technology. Identiv’s comprehensive, high-security smart card reader and credential portfolio is available to a broad range of organizations in the U.S., Europe, and worldwide. As part of the company’s continued focus on global expansion, the availability of Identiv’s access and identification solutions to Universal Smart Cards’ large network of customers and partners marks the successful re-growth of Identiv’s smart card business. Physical and logical access control A pillar in global standards, Identiv’s smart card-based products and solutions enable security and identification applications, transaction systems, and e-health & e-government applications across the world. Identiv’s smart card reader portfolio features the broadest variety of contact, contactless, mobile smart card reader and terminal technology, digital identity and transaction platforms. Available in varied form factors, Identiv’s comprehensive, end-to-end portfolio of credentials can be used for physical and logical access control, converged access solutions for building and computer access, transit payment, brand protection, time and attendance, cashless vending, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Identiv’s cards are available as single-technology credentials, multi-technology, or credentials with a contact chip for high-assurance deployments using digital certificates. Universal Smart Cards joins Identiv’s 400+ distribution partners and customers in over 50 countries worldwide. Secure identification solutions “Identiv chose to work with Universal Smart Cards because we share their vision of offering the most up-to-date, innovative products on the market,” said Dr. Manfred Mueller, COO and General Manager, Smart Card Readers and Transponders. “Working closely with leading industry manufacturers in the U.S., UK, and worldwide, we truly appreciate Universal Smart Cards’ expertise and are eager to support their growing channel partner network, making Identiv’s affordable, high-security access and identification solutions universally available.” “Universal Smart Cards prides itself on providing our partners with the knowledge, local supply, convenience, and peace of mind they have come to expect from us during the past 14 years,” said Michael Smith, Universal Smart Card CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with Identiv, a trusted global provider of physical security and secure identification solutions, and are excited to offer our partners Identiv’s cutting-edge smart card reader and credential technology.”
Identiv, Inc. has announced Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Certification on the most popular collection of the company’s desktop smart card reader solutions. BIS, the National Standards Body of India, was established under the BIS Act of 1986 for the harmonious development of the activities of standardisation, marking, and quality certification of goods. BIS provides traceability and tangibility benefits to the Indian economy in a number of ways, by providing safe, reliable, quality goods, minimising health hazards to consumers, promoting exports and imports substitutions, and controlling over-proliferation through standardisation, certification, and testing. BIS certified desktop smart card readers The following Identiv desktop smart card readers have received BIS Certification: SCR3310v2.0 USB Smart Card Reader, uTrust 2700 R Contact Smart Card Reader, uTrust SmartFold SCR3500 Family, uTrust 3700 F Contactless Smart Card Reader, uTrust 4711 F Contactless Smart Card Reader with SAM, SPR332 v2.0 Secure Class 2 PIN Pad Reader, and uTrust 4701 F Dual Interface Smart Card Reader. Common access card (CAC) and personal identity verification (PIV) approved SCR3310v2.0 USB Smart Card Reader is a small, robust PC-linked contact USB smart card reader with backside mounting holes. uTrust 2700 R Contact Smart Card Reader is a contact, CAC and PIV-approved USB smart card reader that works seamlessly with virtually all smart cards and PC operating systems. The ultra-compact uTrust SmartFold SCR3500 Family are CAC and PIV-approved PC-linked USB contact smart card readers that provide ISO/IEC 7816, CCID, PC/SC, EMV 2011, and GSA FIPS 201 compliance. uTrust 3700 F Contactless Smart Card Reader supports ISO/IEC 14443 and combines contactless and NFC smart card reader technology. uTrust 4711 F Contactless Smart Card Reader with SAM features near field communication (NFC) capabilities and is protected by an optional Secure Access Module (SAM). SPR332 v2.0 Secure Class 2 PIN Pad Reader allows securely executed personal identification number (PIN) authentication processes within the device, protecting the entered data from various attacks. PC-linked dual interface uTrust 4701 F Dual Interface Smart Card Reader combines contact, contactless, and NFC tech in just one device, supporting ISO/IEC 14443. Desktop smart card reader market “In India, the desktop smart card reader market is government-driven with a total volume of up to 100,000 smart card readers for various projects,” said Dr. Manfred Mueller, Identiv COO and General Manager, Smart Card Readers and Transponders. “Our partners and customers depend on Identiv’s smart card readers to protect login to PCs and networks, encrypt hard drives, and digitally sign and encipher email, so reader quality, reliability, and safety are critical product requirements. BIS Certification on our most popular selection of desktop smart card readers validates Identiv’s commitment to deliver on those attributes.” Identiv’s smart card readers include a broad range of contact, contactless, and mobile smart card reader and terminal technology, digital identity and transaction platforms, and solutions that integrate physical and logical access control. These smart card-based products and solutions are utilised around the world to enable security and identification applications, transaction systems, e-health, and e-government. Identiv works with more than 400 distribution partners and customers in over 50 countries worldwide.
ISO defines parameters for compliance with the highest standards of quality, environmental responsibility Identiv, Inc. announces that it has been awarded the sustainable, environmentally responsible ISO 14001:2015 standard and the new quality management ISO 9001:2015. ISO (International Standards Organisation) defines parameters for compliance with the highest standards of quality, environmental responsibility, and other characteristics of world-class organisations’ operations across their materials, products, processes, and services. Upgrade to latest ISO standards In late 2016, Identiv made the strategic decision to upgrade its certified ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System to the latest ISO 2015 standards and, in addition, to add the current ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System for its Singapore RFID and Transponder production site. The Singapore site has been ISO 9000 certified since 2002. The internationally acknowledged ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification recognises companies that have adopted environmentally responsible practices in their business processes. “Identiv’s local quality team spent the last six months providing organisational guidance to achieve all of ISO’s certification requirements in these categories,” said Dr. Manfred Mueller, Identiv Chief Operating Officer. “After thorough review of our quality and environmental management systems, our third-party auditors concluded that Identiv’s management systems met all of the updated requirements and certified our organisation to the new ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards.” Enhanced focus on improvement Major changes to the ISO standards include an increased focus on continuous improvement, which helps ensure a more integrated global focus on initiatives with a specific focus on improving Identiv’s OEM and end-user customer experience. The new standards emphasise value for both the company and its customers. Leadership and management commitment are also areas of increased focus in the new ISO standards. Expanding Identiv’s focus in these areas helps ensure accountability at all levels of the organisation and facilitates the transition of top-level goals into tactical action plans. “In line with its sustainability strategy, Identiv is striving to minimise its environmental footprint by increasing energy efficiency and continuously improving measures taken to protect people and the environment,” said Foo Yong Lee, Identiv Vice President of Operations. “Identiv is proud to be one of the first technology firms to achieve certification for both of these new 2015 standards.”