From June 2016, Smartrac will start delivering tens of millions of RFID products to PLI for use over the next several years. The scope of supply includes genuine, secure Smartrac PRELAM inlays for contactless access cards, wearables, gift and loyalty cards. With Smartrac inlays using MIFARE ICs from NXP, PLI will be able to provide a gapless proof of authenticity and origin for their contactless cards and products.
With Smartrac’s premium-quality PRELAM inlays, the company combines genuine MIFARE chips from NXP with its state-of-the-art antenna technology, enabling the highest levels of security, reliability and interoperability.
Besides a higher level of security and reliability, the new strategic partnership between PLI, Smartrac and NXP will provide hotel and brand owners with the additional benefit of truly enhancing their customers’ experience. A secure, contactless infrastructure allows card usage for multiple applications. Just one single card can now be used to open doors, make payments, earn loyalty points or rent a bike.
Furthermore, NFC cards, smartphones and wearables can all be processed by infrastructure devices such as locks, in the same way. This will facilitate the co-existence of different form factors and makes the integration of a loyalty card or a mobile device much simpler.
“PLI has built its reputation over 28 years of offering the highest quality products and services to more than 50,000 customers worldwide. We pride ourselves on working with best-in-class organizations while striving to be one ourselves,” said Peter Krauss, CEO of PLI. “This partnership with Smartrac and NXP brings the three top companies together to provide the best possible solutions to our mutual customers. Using licensed Smartrac PRELAMs featuring authentic NXP ICs, enables us to offer the highest quality product at the most competitive price in the market.”
While Smartrac and PLI are not disclosing details, the supply agreement is for some of the highest volumes in Smartrac’s history.
“We are very pleased to have PLI as our customer, and the agreement is a very important landmark deal for us in the Hospitality, Leisure & Entertainment market. This product solution will be a unique starting point to offer enhanced door lock applications with high security and extended services that hotel operators and customers can strongly benefit from in the future,” said Thomas Hitzer, EVP Secure ID & Transactions Business Division at Smartrac.
“This strategic partnership supports the global hospitality industry in its ongoing transition to secure, contactless smart card technology,” added Ulrich Huewels, SVP and GM Secure Identification Solutions, NXP.