Many city governments have begun to equip and register a wide variety of objects with RFID in areas ranging from garbage and sewage disposal to fleet management. In a Smart City, all relevant objects can be captured and represented in a database with all pertinent details. Schreiner Group supports renowned organizations engaged in the pursuit of Smart City applications in implementing the required RFID marking solutions and so accelerates the digital transformation of cities into Smart Cities.
Technical prerequisites An optimal development of a truly flexible and comprehensive solution for larger cities requires central databases that store all the acquired information and make it available for diverse applications and analyses. The technical prerequisites must exist and the required communications and transactional structure be developed for this purpose. Important in this context are secure transmission, storage and use of the data in ways that satisfy data protection requirements as well. Afterwards, all the objects to be captured are provided with a secure, unique identifier providing appropriate protection against unauthorized access and tampering.
Analysis of the situation An analysis of the current processes in terms of potentially used new and optimized processes following the integration into a Smart City Solution (SCS) is a basic prerequisite for generating a lasting financial and organizational benefit in addition to enhanced visibility of the functions. Examples include reliable workflow, faster handling and more sustainable logistics as well as a reduction of manpower requirements for monitoring and documentation. All objects, services, checks, monitoring and documentation functions are based on the acquisition of a unique code on the objects or processes. This individual marking allows every tracking point to be captured and automatically communicated. In addition, a status update of the most recent activity can be stored on the object itself or data pertaining to the object or servicing of the object can additionally be stored or adjusted on-site. RFID labels provide the ideal basis for ensuring that these requirements are optimally met. The chip enables a high level of security to be achieved due to a unique and encrypted basic ID issued by the city government that every RFID label or RFID tag receives. This number is secured once and subsequently can no longer be modified or manipulated in a decentralized way. The remainder of the chip memory is available for individual use by the respective application.
Use of RFID labels RFID offers an optimal option as a data storage medium because every object has its own address in the system. As in the case of the Internet of Things (IoT), every object is part of a digital Smart City network. Today, RFID labels can be made available for all substrates and requirements and are easy to program, print and apply. Due to the low cost of the labels, practically all objects can be equipped with RFID without having to use costly RFID hardtags or active (battery-operated) RFID tags. Now available as well for RFID are secure solutions with encryptions protecting both the stored data and communications with the reading stations against unauthorized access.
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Schreiner PrinTrust, a business unit of Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG based in Oberschleissheim near Munich, Germany, develops and markets specific functional and security labels for system suppliers and service providers focused on identification and authentication solutions. The unit’s activities are centered on customers such as card manufacturers, RFID system integrators and suppliers of products for government authorities. Schreiner PrinTrust’s portfolio is focused on customized self-adhesion products and services for PIN protection, RFID solutions for automatic vehicle identification, as well as products such as vignettes, stickers and transfer seals serving as proof of payment of official fees or as access authorization.
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