October 2011

MGlotz's picture

We are just beginning to realize the immense potential of UHF...

...longer read ranges, anti-collision capabilities, and fast data transfer speeds. This could get interesting...

Over a relatively fleeting past decade or two, advancements in integrated chip and data storage technologies have changed the world forever. Affordable computing power has transformed the planet from a smattering of disconnected, monochrome-display desktop computers, into a global population connected in real time, sharing high-definition video from the palms of our hands. The incredible has become routine.

UHF technology has the same potential to transform the card industry. While organizations worldwide are applying UHF technology to logistics systems, providing enhanced oversight and management of assets and inventories, we have just begun to examine the possibilities of UHF applied to identification and access control systems.

Where do we go from here? Here are a couple of thoughts:

Longer read ranges: Read ranges for low frequency and high frequency proximity cards are measured in inches and centimeters. UHF ranges are measured in feet, yards and meters. A good example of an application for this is in identification systems for vehicle access to secure areas or parking garages. When an authorized user pulls up, the system could authenticate and open the door or gate while the driver remains in the safety and comfort of his or her car; no need for the driver to stop, open their window, fumble for a magnetic stripe or near proximity card, and hang out the window exposed to the elements in bad weather. For added security in parking systems, UHF access control may be integrated with video sensors. An automobile license plate could be scanned and compared with credentials before authorizing access.

Improved cardholder convenience: Today's combo cards merge low frequency, high frequency and UHF into a single, multi-purpose ID. Organizations issuing cards can employ LF or HF solutions as appropriate to the function or desired level of security for physical access control or payment. At the same time, with the addition of UHF to create a new combination card, they can expand the use of the credential for applications needing a long read range and fast data communication. This creates the potential for each user ID card to do more. Imagine the convenience to cardholders with the impact of ease of access to controlled lots or garages in addition to traditional building access and cafeteria vending. No one will forget their ID at home again!

Enhanced data speed and accuracy: Recently, HID introduced the expanded family of InLine Tag™ Ultra passive contactless transponders that improve data collection speed and accuracy for logistics applications. These advanced general-purpose UHF tags leverage the same HID Global engineering expertise to embed UHF technology in traditional ISO cards to help customers take the use of card identification systems to the next level so they can enjoy the convenience this technology brings to a traditional access control form factor.

The advance of UHF technology is creating incredible opportunities for organizations to promote a more productive, efficient, intelligent, and secure world. Where do you see this leading us? I'd love to hear your ideas as well. Add your comments below.

Advancements in integrated chip and data storage technologies...

...have changed the world forever. We are now a global population connected in real time, sharing high-definition video from the palms of our hands. The incredible has become routine. UHF technology has the same potential to transform the RFID industry.

This month, the HID Global Identification Technologies (IDT) team is launching an expanded InLine Tag™ Ultra family of contactless transponders - the most advanced general-purpose UHF tags available. We believe UHF technology has the potential to transform the RFID industry, as it rips through barriers to faster processing and accelerated data transfer speeds, combined with high memory capability.
Organizations worldwide are applying UHF technology to logistics systems, providing enhanced oversight and management of assets and inventories.

For example, HID has observed a truckload of 500 tagged, metal kegs filled with liquid rolling at 12 mph passing reader stations at points of distribution and delivery. In this test, each individual keg was identified via its InLine Tag Ultra UHF tag. In just seconds, the entire load was accounted for with 100 percent accuracy. With results like these, simply put, the impact of accelerated data collection speed and improved accuracy promises tremendous returns for logistics systems empowered with UHF technology.

The InLine Tag Ultra portfolio greatly expands the potential application of UHF technology by providing increased reliability where less advanced tags fail. The tags include the patented HID Global 3D antenna, which deliver omnidirectional read ranges up to 26 feet on all materials, including metal. The tags' broadband capabilities meet worldwide standards, thus making international logistics processes and infrastructure simpler and more cost effective. All InLine Tag Ultra RFID transponders are compliant with EPC global-certified UHF Class 1 Gen 2 readers and provide 512-bit user memory with 128-bit EPC. The product family also features security that meets the most demanding applications, including automation, logistics, returnable transport items, and industrial waste management.

Organizations have just begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities for UHF applied to logistics systems. We expect the expanded availability and affordability of the HID UHF capabilities will open doors to more effective, efficient logistics practices.

KCarroll's picture

“Therefore, it is the policy of the United States to enhance security, increase Government efficiency, reduce identity fraud, and protect personal privacy by establishing a mandatory, Government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the Federal Government to its employees and contractors (including contractor employees).”  -- August 2004, Homeland Security Presidential Directive – 12 (HSPD-12)

Although much progress has been made in meeting the requirements of HSPD-12, forward momentum on full implementation is going to take the cooperation of private industry and government agencies.  That’s because there are outstanding organizational, cultural and system/product concerns that have not been fully addressed.

On October 20, 2011, members of the physical security, information technology (IT) and consultant/integrator communities along with government representatives will come together as a group to discuss these challenges and how to meet the requirements of HSPD-12 a reality.

Federal agencies have taken steps toward achieving full HSPD-12 implementation by creating standards and processes for issuing credentials. Today, more than 4.5 million PIV credentials have been issued to government employees.  Many agencies, however, currently use the PIV credentials only as a “flash pass” visual identification badge. 

As a result, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum in February of this year requiring agencies to develop an implementation policy that “will require the use of the PIV credentials as the common means of authentication for access to that agency’s facilities, networks and information systems.”

But achieving a key element of HSPD-12, that is rapid electronic authentication for both physical and logical access control, is fraught with difficulty.  So the Security Industry Association (representing the physical security community), TechAmerica (representing the IT community) and the US Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast briefing focused on a discussion of how private industry can work together to help federal agencies achieve full implementation of HSPD-12. 

You are invited to join HID Global president and CEO Denis Hébert,  Deborah Gallagher, Identity Management Program Manager with the U.S. General Services Administration, and several other distinguished panelists from government and industry for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and the way forward.

Here are the details for the briefing:

When:   October 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Where:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce
              1615 H St. NW in Washington, DC

Please contact me at [email protected]  or e-mail Tom O'Connor at SIA to RSVP or for more information. 

Best regards,
Kathleen Carroll
Director, Government Relations

jhyatt's picture

This quote from a student participating in HID Global’s mobile access pilot at Arizona State University (ASU), the main topic of our strategy briefing and panel discussion at this year’s ASIS International, pretty much sums up the sentiment and excitement around our new iCLASS SE access control platform showcased at the event.

ASIS 2011 definitely marked the beginning of a new way of thinking about secure identity, with mobile access using Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled mobile phones and other devices at the forefront of all the attention and interest from customers and members of the media who visited our booth and attended our strategy briefing. 

With our iCLASS SE access control platform that enables mobile access sweeping up an ASIS Accolades award for innovation, exciting announcements around HID Global’s new partnership with Research In Motion (makers of the BlackBerry) and our NFC mobile access pilot with ASU, it was indeed a busy and exciting show!

More information on NFC mobile access has been in high demand, and HID Global president and CEO Denis Hébert lead this year’s strategy briefing discussion by highlighting key future trends with a focus on mobility.  During the panel discussion portion of the briefing, the attendees went on to learn from key players in the NFC ecosystem the end-user perspective on iCLASS Secure Identity Object-Enabled (iCLASS SE) technology and how it is tapping into the full potential of NFC.

On the panel with Research In Motion, Verizon and HID Global, Laura Ploughe from ASU explained that she immediately saw an opportunity to bring NFC mobile access to life with the introduction of HID Global’s Secure Identity Object technology:

“When I saw that HID Global was embedding Secure Identity Objects into mobile devices, I wanted to know where we can go with this technology at Arizona State University. The viability of having the ASU student body using their phone constantly for everything from door access to payment is something ASU sees as the future for the next generation.” 

And bring mobile access to life ASU did: In essence, HID Global’s pilot project involves a group of ASU students and staff that are accessing a campus residence hall and selected residents’ rooms using HID Global’s iCLASS SE credentials that are embedded into a variety of popular smartphones and connected to major mobile networks. To open door locks, participants present their NFC-enabled smartphones with iCLASS SE technology to a door reader just like they do with their existing Sun Cards.

“Great, I never have to pull out my Sun Card ever again because my phone is always in my hand,” one student summed up after using the NFC smartphone for physical access. 

As Denis highlighted during the briefing, statistics show that it takes six minutes to realize you lost your phone and as long as 24 hours to realize you lost your keys. A small but significant nugget of data that carries a lot of weight as we move into the age of carrying our identity on our mobile phones for access control and other applications.  One of the student participants said it best:

“People are always on their phones. People forget their keys from time to time but no matter what, people have their phones out texting and going online.”

There are loads of interesting details in the ASU pilot video and HID Global panel discussion video for those who want to learn more, and I’d like to say “thank you” to all who stopped by our ASIS booth and attended the strategy briefing this year.  Stay tuned for more exciting innovations from HID Global.