AEG ID realises applications tailor made for their customers with their in-house design and production
Supplier for RFID tags and readers, AEG ID, develops and manufactures high-performance, adjustable hardware products for applications in all sectors: from industry and logistics to access and security to service and inventory as well as animal identification. The fully-automated in-house production allows customer-specific engineering of the hardware components, flexible interface adjustments for global use, and small batches at low costs. In an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global, Simon Arch of AEG ID talks about the benefits and application scenarios of customer-individual applications and shares insights into AEG ID’s development in 2018.
Simon Arch, Marketing & Sales Director, AEG ID, in an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global
Customised readers and transponders designed in Germany
With the manufacturing of transponders and readers, AEG ID has two pillars in the RFID sector to provide end users and system integrators with fine tuning for their whole hardware portfolio. The company develops all the hardware components – from the chip to the final personalised end product – at its headquarters in Ulm, Germany. AEG ID produces their components at their fully-automated factories in Ulm and Vrchlabi, Czech Republic.
Simon Arch, Marketing & Sales Director, AEG ID, shares insights: “AEG has a basic hardware portfolio that is modularly combinable and can be adjusted to meet customer needs. If the customer requests a specific technology solution, we can develop an application from our reader and transponder components that best meets their requirements. All components of the application are adjusted to work with each other with regards to their respective demands in close cooperation with the customer, and are optimised by AEG ID for the final application.”
Fully automated production makes cost-effective small batches possible
The marketing and sales directors elaborates: “Our range of interfaces and software options enables us to develop customised card solutions for a customer who employs reader systems from different manufacturers, for example. Instead of the customer having to replace or adjust hundreds of readers, we optimise their cards. Therefore, the customer benefits from reduced investment effort and fewer malfunctions in their production and logistics processes. Within a day, we optimise the geometry of the cards, frequency, size, arrangements of the parts, as well as other parameters precisely for the customer’s reader system.
Here, RFID technology is tailored to the application, not vice versa. With our highly flexible, fully automated production plants, we can also manufacture cards from small quantities to large international orders cost-effectively. We provide LF, HF, and UHF-RFID as frequencies. Hybrid solutions – for example during a migration process from one frequency to another – are part of our portfolio too. We are able to combine all possible frequency combinations, no matter if low, high, or ultra high frequency, with chips from different suppliers on one card.”
More than 99 percent read rates thanks to fine tuning
AEG ID provides customised adjustments for all sectors, from industry and logistics to access and security to service and inventory as well as animal identification. The diverse and modular hardware portfolio of transponders as well as stationary and mobile readers allows the company to take varying regional requirements regarding interfaces and protocols, different climates, harsh application environments, and different product lifecycles into consideration when developing the product.
This ensures global compatibility of all AEG ID products. Simon Arch explains: “As development of hardware and software are both done in-house, fine tuning on both sides – readers and tags – is possible. Therefore, we can achieve reading accuracy of more than 99 percent instead of “just” 99 percent.”
“AEG ID – together with the customer – develops RFID products in-house from the design stage, defines parameters such as space needed, functionalities, and interferences, adjusts all hardware components, including tags and readers, to each other, tests prototypes, and manufactures the end product that is tailored to the customer’s demands within a day.” - Simon Arch
High demand for security algorithms and plagiarism protection
There is the greatest possible freedom of choice regarding the chip of the transponder. Either the chip that meets the requirements the best is chosen in cooperation with the customer or AEG ID uses chips according to customer request. “For access control or time recording solutions, the customers often stipulate the chip. Hybrid cards that act as a migration cards between two technologies during a software or system change are predominant.
Use cases where datasets for two different functionalities are separately saved on one card such as combined solution for vehicle access and payment in the canteen are also popular. The customer can stipulate the application framework and we evaluate and test an individual chip that is made ready for the comprehensive rollout. There is currently a high demand for security features such as security algorithms for time recording, access control, or cashless payment. On top of that, there is growing interest in plagiarism protection as a feature for expensive investment goods and consumables. Based on tamperproof identification, customers get the reliable evidence such as for example that there are only original replacement parts in a machine,” says Simon Arch.
All in one hardware for global use
In the supplier industry, electronics industry, and automation and production control, tags need to be robust to withstand challenging processes such as a paint job. The suitable readers must be easily and smoothly implementable into the machines and plants. The marketing and sales director explains: “Globally-oriented automotive manufacturers with suppliers and factories around the world often use machines by machine manufacturer A from Germany, machine manufacturer B from the US, and machine manufacturer C from South Korea.
It is very time-consuming and costly to implement an individual hardware and software system for each individual plant. Thus, our customers need to fall back on the same hardware everywhere - hardware that has interfaces adjusted to regional characteristics and protocols as well as to the different manufacturers.”
ASCII protocol for the easy implementation of AEG ID readers
Simon Arch elaborates: “When machines are relocated from site A from site B, which happens quite often, RFID applications must meet the full range of regional requirements and functionalities. With our flexible in-house production, it is possible to integrate AEG ID readers easily and at low cost because they operate with a simple ASCII protocol and don’t require software or special functionalities in between. In many countries, companies favour a special kind of chip. That is why our readers can operate with almost all kinds of chips. We either provide our customers with readers featuring all functionalities or with LF or HF readers that are tailored to specific applications.”
AEG ID to impress with new readers and projects in 2018!
In 2018, AEG ID is developing a new generation of its readers with additional functionalities, interfaces, and further optimisations. “AEG ID is steadily broadening its portfolio to also provide customers with flexible, customisable applications in all branches and regions in the future. Plus, this year, we note increased demand for card optimisations, Industry 4.0 projects, maintenance and stocktaking solutions, as well as applications for test documentation, access control, and time recording.
There is also a stronger focus on numerous project solutions in cooperation with customers this year. We develop products with RFID jointly from the design stage onwards. In the past, customers asked for RFID functionalities as an add-on to already-existing systems. Today, customers take RFID into consideration when designing their technology applications,” explains Simon Arch.