BLE-enabled readers by the beginning of 2020!
For 25 years, the Dutch company Inepro has been developing solutions for the identification of employees, for example multifunction printers, as well as hardware and software for secure payment.
"In particular, the area of solutions for self-service payment is growing rapidly," reports Marcus van der Waal of Inepro in an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global, in which he discusses further technological developments and cooperation with the payment sector.
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Inepro develops in-house RFID readers for installation into devices such as self-service stations or for stand-alone operation at printers and access points. During development, the development team of 23 employees attaches great importance to a high degree of technological flexibility, as Van Der Waal explains:
"We are an innovation-driven company. Almost a third of our employees are developers. This enables us to support 85 different RFID technologies today with our reader. In addition, there are numerous security functions, interfaces - from USB to IP network - and remote update options through the customer's network or via a configuration card."
"Our next development step is a reader that combines RFID and BLE technology in a single device. The reader is currently in the certification phase and should be available on the market by the beginning of 2020".
Flexibility and freedom of choice for upgrades
Inepro works together with partners such as Hewlett Packard, Samsung, and Konica Minolta, as well as with specialised system integrators, to develop customised solutions. "In the end, the customer has freedom of choice in many areas.
For example, every year we develop two new firmware versions that enable new features for the readers. The user has the choice of whether to use these free updates or not. New configurations can also be installed at any time via a network connection. In this way, almost any idea can be implemented on site at the user's location," says Marcus Van Der Waal.
Inepro hardware for micro-payment Solution
Marcus Van Der Waal sees smartphone-based micropayments on self-service devices as a sector in which secure wireless applications will be in greater demand in the future. "Inepro cooperates with the payment provider Skuario, one of the few payment service providers with a Payment Institution Agent (PIA) license.
With Skuario, students can, for example, pay securely and quickly in the canteen or at coffee machines. Skuario relies on readers from Inepro for the RFID/NFC interface in the vending machines. Skuario also enables payments via QR code.”
Meet inepro at RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow 2019 on Oct 29 & 30 in Darmstadt near Frankfurt, Germany.