ACG Identification Technologies to launch new contactless reader at CARTES

Walluf, October 31, 2006 – ACG Identification Technologies, a leading component and technology supplier in the smart card and RFID markets, launches a new contactless smart card reader at CARTES in Paris. The device is fully compliant with the Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation (ITSO) specification. This will be obligatory for ITSO certification as of March 2007, when no more conditional certificates will be granted. The reader is tailor-made for the needs of the public transport industry and can be integrated as a Point of Service Terminal (POST) sub assembly into on-bus units, validators, fare gates, ticket vending machines or any other unattended sales kiosk. ACG will show the first functional prototypes at the ASSA ABLOY ITG booth 4H025. Market release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2007.

The contactless reader supports all types of ITSO defined card media and is able to read and write all other ISO 14443 A/B/Mifare and ISO 15693 transponders. Furthermore, the board can hold up to four SAMs in order to support multiple application and security schemes of different tag technologies. If required, the reader also drives one or two external antennas located up to a few metres from reader, multiplexing between the two.

In addition, the new device reduces transaction time and complexity for the host, since all media specific processes and most of the POST functionalities are handled inside the software on the reader. Due to its multiple external interfaces like USB, Ethernet connection or serial port, the contactless reader can be easily integrated into any kind of host system. Through the SPI port, the board also enables future expansion if required.
About ACG

ACG Identification Technologies is an independent component and technology supplier serving the entire value chain of smart card and RFID-based systems. Headquartered in Walluf (Germany), ACG has 21 locations throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. ACG is an ASSA ABLOY Group company.

About ASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies (ITG)

Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (ITG) is a leader within the ID management and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) markets. The company develops, manufactures and markets RFID components, products, and services typically deployed within national ID and e-passport programs, corporate access control, supply chain management, animal tagging, financial transactions, transport and various industrial or manufacturing solutions. Assa Abloy ITG is a merger of ACG Identification Technologies, Novacard do Brazil, OMNIKEY, Sokymat and Schwab & Partner.

Assa Abloy ITG has over 800 employees and 25 sales offices in all continents. The group’s headquarters are located in Walluf, Germany. ITG is part of the Global Technologies Division of the ASSA ABLOY Group.

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Katja Dienz ACG Identification Technologies Am Klingenweg 6A 65396 Walluf GermanyPhone: +49 (0)6123 791 205 Fax: +49 (0)6123 791 5205 Email:  Heidi Schall Hiller, Wuest & Partner Weißenburger Straße 30 63739 Aschaffenburg Germany Phone: +49 (0)6021 386 666 56 Fax: +49 (0)6021 386 666 20 Email: