Stefan Haertel, CEO, Elatec

Elatec is a German RFID manufacturer established in 1988. Our specialty is designing and manufacturing close proximity contactless (NFC, RFID, Bluetooth) as well as contact (SmartCard) reader/writers.

  • Manufacturer of contactless proximity reader/writers
  • Manufacturer of contact SmartCard reader/writers
  • Manufacturer of RFID components – antennas, reader/writer modules

No matter whether your goal is enhancing access control, transport logistics, workplace automation, animal identification or manufacturing processes – RFID technology plays a significant role. Elatec’s solution partnerships are an integral part of the future! In addition to the many years of RFID experience we bring to the table, we support contract fulfilment with project management know-how, hardware and software development competency as well as the production of quality electronics.

Stefan Haertel, CEO, Elatec

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Elatec – proximity readers designed in Germany

Elatec RFID Systems was founded in 1988 and specialises in developing and selling proximity (RFID, NFC, Bluetooth) and contact (Smartcard) writing and reading modules. Elatec is based in Munich, where it also operates a production facility, and has a number of international sales offices and partners all over the world.

Elatec’s most advanced product is the TWN4 MultiTech 3 BLE multi-frequency/multi-standard reader, which supports NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy as well as both high (13.56 MHz) and low (125/134.2 kHz) RFID frequencies, allowing it to simultaneously read out more than 60 of the most common RFID technologies used internationally.

Elatec’s products are available as PCB and desktop readers/ writers. They are used in many different kinds of applications and OEM solutions including but not limited to: secure printing, time-tracking, tablets, access control, production, distribution, kiosk systems, POS systems, single sign-on and more.

Contactless readers - LF & HF RFID, NFC and BLE

Elatec’s TWN4 series of RFID reader modules enable solution providers and developers to enjoy maximum flexibility during integration. The modules support a wide range of RFID standards and technologies, which allows for a limited number of product variants.

The TWN4 MultiTech Nano range is also extremely compact, with dimensions of 31 x 17.8 x 2.7 mm. With the components mounted to one side, it facilitates easy placement on the main circuit board. Elatec also offers users who only require an RFID frequency range of 13.56 or 125/134.2 kHz the less-expensive TWN4 MultiTech Nano HF and TWN4 MultiTech Nano LF variants.

Moreover, the readers TWN4 MultiTech Nano and TWN4 MultiTech HF support NFC and are particularly well suited for integration into mobile devices. Customer specific product variants enable integration into products, which are to be certified for payments according to the EMVCo standard.

ELATEC at the embedded world 2019

Many perspectives – one key ! ELATEC presents innovative RFID solutions for complex challenges. ELATEC gives visitors to embedded world an insight into its latest product developments. The broad product range supports companies in the digitalisation of authentication solutions. In various areas such as access control, time attendance, secure printing, or cash register systems, customers have already achieved decisive advantages. The customer’s trust is also based on the record growth from last year and the good forecasts for 2019.

Elatec Celebrates Record Turnover and Strengthens Its Position

Growing Market for RFID Products Thanks to rising global demand for ID applications, the German RFID specialist Elatec is enjoying rapid growth. The developer and manufacturer known for its flexible multi-standard RFID readers will experience another record year in 2018, increasing its sales by more than 25 percent. With branches in Europe and North America as well as the subsidiary in China that opened in 2018, the company is successfully expanding around the world. At the same time it is strengthening its in-house team with Thomas Graf’s appointment as CFO where he will join RFID pioneer and CEO Stefan Haertel in management.

Elatec Presents TWN4 Palon RFID Reader

New Universal Reader for Time Management and Logical Access Applications Elatec is proud to present the TWN4 Palon, a new addition to the popular TWN4 line of multi-standard RFID readers. As a compact OEM module, the TWN4 Palon is ideally suited for integration into devices and behind front panels. A variety of interfaces, including RS232, RS485, Wiegand, and Clock/Data, are supported. A wide set of tools makes it easy to configure the RFID reader for time management, logical access, and authentication applications.

Visit ELATEC at RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow 2018

October 30-31, 2018 – Booth 24 – Frankfurt/Darmstadt, Germany We will be present as exhibitors at Europe’s largest RFID and Wireless IoT event. There, along with other products, we will introduce the TWN4 Palon – a compact reader that can be built into devices and hidden in front panels. The Palon supports all TWN4 functionalities, including BLE. Another highlight at the booth: The Upgrade Card. An upgrade to a wide array of supported technologies can be carried out quickly and without the need for additional tools or special know-how. What is unique is that the customer only pays for the functions that they actually need for their processes. This increases flexibility while simultaneously reducing costs and integrating complexity.

Elatec Presents New TWN4 USB Front Reader

Multi-Standard RFID Reader for Efficient Upgrading Elatec, the experts in RFID, are proud to present the new TWN4 USB Front Reader, another version of the company’s successful TWN4 MultiTech 3 BLE model. This new RFID reader can be plugged into any device using an easily accessible USB connection in order to quickly and easily set it up for an authentication solution. It is perfectly suited for applications in secure printing and authentication, as well as computers, industrial machines, or medical devices. The TWN4 USB Front Reader supports all of the common RFID standards in the frequency ranges 125 and 134.2 kHz as well as the 13.56 MHz band, doing this in the skilled tradition of Elatec RFID readers. Additionally, it can also support BLE and NFC and mobile solutions for iPhones and Android smartphones.

Torunn Siegler
Torunn Siegler
Head of Marketing
Puchheim, Germany
Barbara Mirlach
Barbara Mirlach
Marketing Manager
Puchheim, Germany
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