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Universal Keyless Vehicle Access with the iDTRONIC IGNITE-SMART READER

Worldwide, vehicles are rapidly being electrified to meet the individual and commercial demands of EMobility. Despite the advancements in fuel/power efficiency, drivers of electrified cars, buses, scooters and logistic vehicles continue to use traditional keys to start the ignition. With the IGNITE-SMART READER from iDTRONIC vehicle owners have an innovative RFID-based solution to replace the cumbersome key management practices of the past.

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Utilizing HF and NFC frequencies, this durable reader supports all DESFire and NFC technology-based “keys” including tags, smart cards/phones/watches and other transponders. In addition, the IGNITE-SMART READER communicates over a CANbus (SAE J1939 or CANopen) interface, which allows for an easy integration in most vehicle types.


Digital Access Control: Manage your vehicle or vehicle fleet by authorizing drivers to operate designated vehicles via NFC/HF transponder. No more time-consuming key boxes or costly key replacements!

Durability and Safety: The IGNITE-SMART READER was developed for demanding outdoor usage with its integrated IP64 protection class. It also withstands temperature fluctuations from -10 °C to +50 °C.

Easy Integration: Connects seamlessly with your vehicle using the standardized CANbus interface.

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Security: The reader is preset by the manufacturer and encrypted with Triple DES (special encryption advocated by insurance companies).

Up-to-date: iOS and Android support for the reader is planned for Q4 2023, which will further increase the versatility and usability of the product.


Thanks to the multiple activation/reading options, the IGNITE-SMART READER can be used in a variety of applications. For example, it is possible to activate vehicles such as e-scooters, e-quads or construction vehicles via a (chip) card, so that the reader serves as a mechanical key. Another option suited well for gokarts, is inputting performance (hp) limitations based on the driver class, for example children versus adults. Integrating this RFID technology in any type of fleet management ensures improved access control and manageability of vehicle usage.

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Patrick Kochendörfer
Patrick Kochendörfer
Senior Product Manager
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Benjamin Pfeiffer
Benjamin Pfeiffer
Business Development IoT, iDTRONIC Wireless IoT
Ludwigshafen, Germany
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