IPICO has announced the launch of its next generation Electronic Vehicle Identification (EVI) solution, consisting of a suite of passive RFID products including tags, readers, middleware and custom developed software for various vehicle and people identification applications.

The new EVI solution provides a means for hands-free, long-distance, unique vehicle identification that enables electronic vehicle registration, insurance, road tax and tolling applications, law enforcement investigations, border control measures, pollution clearing verification and intelligent transport planning systems. pvorster This article is copyright 2007 UsingRFID.com.

Passive UHF=based
The new solution comprises passive UHF RFID tags attached to the windshields of vehicles, and readers installed on fixed overhead or roadside structures identifying vehicles in motion, as well as handheld mobile readers for law enforcement investigation purposes.

These readers use IPICO’s digital signal processing decoders, which are designed to allow for dense reader deployments in close proximity with limited or no interference. The solution is supported by proximity or near field RFID readers, as well as credit card type tags used for drivers’ licenses and parking control tickets.

Integration options
The miniature read/write readers, with a footprint of approximately three square inches, are available with a USB interface for desktop registration, a Wiegand interface for access control applications, and in OEM format with an extended antenna for easy integration into printers.

“We have implemented EVI solutions in a variety of countries with diverse requirements, overcoming reader density challenges while providing multi-read and write-to capability”, explained IPICO’s president, Gordon Westwater.

Developing countries embrace EVI
The company says its EVI solutions have already been deployed at numerous sites within developing nations, including South Africa, China, India, Dubai, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and various other Latin American countries. The solutions tested include fleet management, vehicle access control, and electronic toll collection, as well as vehicle licensing pilots implemented in coordination with local transportation authorities in preparation for expected nationwide rollouts.

For example, the national transportation authorities in Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Malaysia, and a number of other developing countries, have in recent months announced plans to deploy passive RFID as a compulsory element of vehicle license discs and/or license plates.

Other markets and applications
In addition to vehicle-related law enforcement, the solutions could also enable a range of related applications, such as improved traffic management and control of access to restricted or congested areas. Examples include China, India and Mexico, where the use of passive RFID is under consideration to support electronic toll collection and pollution control systems. In the process. IPICO reports that a large market is developing for passive UHF RFID, with a market potential of hundreds of millions of vehicle tags and hundreds of thousands of readers.

Amongst the many tests the IPICO solution has undergone successfully, it works with vehicles travelling at speeds of up to 260 km/h, can write new information to tags at speeds of up to 80 km/h, and successfully read 256-bit user-defined codes from tags at speeds of up to 160 km/h.

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