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„Tönnjes ist ein Hidden Champion und steht für Fortschritt“
Astrid Grotelüschen sieht großes Potential für IDePLATE-System in Deutschland
Delmenhorst, Mai 2017. Um sich ein genaueres Bild von den Einsatzmöglichkeiten des IDePLATE-Systems zu machen, besichtigte die CDU-Bundestagsabgeordnete Astrid Grotelüschen vergangene Woche Donnerstag die Produktion des Delmenhorster Unternehmens. Das von Tönnjes entwickelte IDePLATE ist ein Kfz-Kennzeichen mit integriertem RFID-Chip. Dieser enthält eine verschlüsselte Kodierung, die von autorisierten Lesegeräten mobil oder stationär ausgelesen wird und ermöglicht so die sichere Identifikation von Fahrzeugen. Eine Technik, aus der sich viele weitere Anwendungsmöglichkeiten ergeben. Sie könnte für Geschwindigkeitsmessungen, Zufahrtskontrollen oder die automatische Kennzeichenerfassung bei Mautsystemen eingesetzt werden. Durch die Unterstützung der Bundestagsabgeordneten hofft das Unternehmen auch in Deutschland auf die Chance, die Leistungsfähigkeit des Systems über ein Pilotprojekt demonstrieren zu können.
Obwohl das IDePLATE-System in Deutschland noch nicht zugelassen ist, befindet es sich weltweit schon im Einsatz. Länder wie Honduras, Kenia oder die Kaimaninseln haben das System von Tönnjes E.A.S.T. bereits auf nationaler Ebene eingeführt. Auch ein groß angelegter Feldversuch in den Niederlanden verlief sehr erfolgreich. Hierzulande setzen die politisch Verantwortlichen bisher auf die kamerabasierte Identifikation von Fahrzeugen. „Mit dem IDePLATE eröffnen sich neue Möglichkeiten, von denen Bürger und Behörden gleichermaßen profitieren können, zum Beispiel beim Thema innere Sicherheit. Ich denke seitens der Regierung sollte diese Technologie auf jeden Fall diskutiert werden, weil es sich um eine zukunftsweisende Innovation handelt“, sagte Grotelüschen. So sei es zum Beispiel auch notwendig zu bedenken, dass künftig immer mehr CO2-belastete Städte in Sachen Emissionsschutz auf Zugangskontrollen für Fahrzeuge setzen. „Es gibt viele Anwendungsbereiche, für die das System interessant ist. Tönnjes ist ein typischer ‚Hidden Champion’ und ein gutes Beispiel dafür, wie Deutschland über seine Unternehmen Fortschritt erschaffen und exportieren kann“, meinte Grotelüschen.
Astrid Grotelüschen zu Besuch bei Tönnjes E.A.S.T. Bernd Tönjes aus der Unternehmensfamile (links), Geschäftsführer Dietmar Mönning (rechts). © Tönnjes E.A.S.T.
The car toll is coming – but how will it be implemented?
Vehicles are detected with outdated methods
Bremen, April 2017. After long disputes, the intention turns reality: The majority of the members of the Bundestag have voted on March 24 for the introduction of the much-discussed motor vehicle toll. In the future, motorists are to pay the infrastructure fee yearly by means of direct debit. However, there will be no changes to the vehicle itself. The government will do without adhesive vignettes, like for example in Switzerland. Controls are made at random and only by means of comparison of registration number. “This method makes fraud and abuse very easy”, says Dietmar Mönning, Managing Director of Tönnjes E.A.S.T.. “The detection could be fairer and safer by means of digital license plates as well as windscreen stickers called IDePLATE® and IDeSTIX®. They are equipped with RFID chips containing an encrypted and individual number.” Only authorised reading devices can receive it and confirm if the license plate really belongs to the car.
“Fair, sensible and just” called Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt the newly decided toll. “One can certainly not speak of fairness here”, says Dietmar Mönning. It would only exist if misuse of license plates would no longer be possible. The numbers make clear that there is still a long way to go. According to the Allgemeine Versicherungen AG (ARAG), 400 license plates are stolen daily; this adds up to 160,000 per year. “A considerable sum that must not be ignored when planning a toll”, says Mönning. When a thief has struck, this does not only mean up to 100 Euro for the replacement and annoying dealings with authorities for the persons concerned. Mönning: “Whether fuel theft at the fuel station, the avoidance of tickets or soon also the bypassing of the toll - the mere observation with cameras has many weak points.” As long as the registration number does not become digital, however, nothing will change.
“The vehicle owner enjoys double security with our RFID-based system”, explains the Managing Director. “Thanks to the IDeSTIX® on the windscreen, the reading devices can detect immediately if the license plate belongs to the car or not.” Since it gets destroyed when removed, it cannot be used in other vehicles. A look across the European borders shows that this system works: Countries like Peru, Kenya or the Cayman Islands already trust in the modern technology from Tönnjes E.A.S.T. The authorities there have decided, to use IDePLATES® or IDeSTIX® at national level, and protect themselves, and the car owners, from fraud in this manner. The Delmenhorst company delivers the license plates and windshield stickers that are personalised locally. “If the Federal Government is open to a motor vehicle toll, it should also consider new methods when it comes to the implementation”, says Mönning.
In the future car-holders will have to pay a toll for using the motorway in Germany. / Foto: Jon Flobrant
Kenya identifies automobiles by using RFID technology from Germany
TÖNNJES C.A.R.D. provides over three million vehicles with high tech windshield labels
Bremen, February 2017. Almost 47 million people are registered citizens of Kenya. However, the government has no backed record on the total number of car owners on Kenya’s streets. As a consequence, the state misses out on tax revenues that are essential to enhance the country’s traffic infrastructure. The Kenyan National Transport & Safety Authority (NTSA) wants to change this situation. Its aim is to create a nationwide vehicle register. For that reason, the German based company TÖNNJES C.A.R.D. supplies Kenya with about 3.3 million windshield labels that entail an integrated UCODE® DNA RAIN RFID chip from NXP® Semiconductors. The technology allows the secure identification and authentication of vehicles. Over the next three years, all Kenyan car owners are obligated to switch to the new technology. “We have several projects in Africa. However, the partnership with the NTSA is an important milestone for our company. We do not just deliver the UCODE DNA based RFID windshield labels, we also help and advise the authorities during the implementation of the system”, explains Jochen Betz, Managing Director of TÖNNJES C.A.R.D. The central automobile database, called traffic information & management system (TIMS), is planned to be fully updated and vetted until 2020.
“We are excited that our latest RAIN RFID UHF chip technology, which includes cryptographic authentication, is enabling Kenyan government to securely identify their vehicle population, boost their tax revenue and support the safety of their traffic network,” said Markus Staeblein, VP and General Manager of NXP’s Secure Mobility and Retail business.
In addition to the stickers for the windshield, the IDeTRUST® security solution is also part of the partnership between TÖNNJES C.A.R.D. and the Kenyan government. The system gives users the ability to identify vehicles using their smartphone. In case of traffic or access controls, the IDeTRUST® verification app decrypts the data from the tag and verifies vehicle details like the car plate number, the car’s colour or information on the vehicle owner. “This way thefts and misuses become a lot more difficult, because anyone with a smartphone can instantly see, whether the vehicle is registered with the correct license number or not”, Jochen Betz explains. Stripping off the tag, for example to obscure a car theft, is impossible. Jochen Betz: “IDeSTIX® is a double secured system. On the one hand the label destroys itself when being removed from the windshield. On the other hand information on the UCODE DNA chip is protected by cryptography following highest functional security standards. This technology is provided by our business partners NXP and Kathrein, specialists in secure RAIN RFID chip technology and RFID reading equipment.”
With the nationwide introduction of the RFID-Windshield label and the IDeTRUST® verification system, Kenya is using only a part of the solutions offered by TÖNNJES C.A.R.D. The portfolio also includes IDePLATE®, a microchipped number plate, mobile and stationary readers with identification software as well as IDeSTIX®, electronically readable labels. In addition to secure vehicle identification, a range of other possible applications can be realized using all solutions offered by TÖNNJES C.A.R.D. Even well-developed toll or traffic control systems can be improved by increasing their detection accuracy. “We see good opportunities for the deployment of our system, particularly in countries that are currently developing a new or more efficient vehicle management scheme“, comments Jochen Betz.
With the windshield label IDeSTIX® by TÖNNJES C.A.R.D. vehicles can be identified in Kenya. © TÖNNJES C.A.R.D.
Toll: “Count on modern technology during collection”
Motor vehicles with chip license plate from Tönnjes E.A.S.T. are identified by 100 percent
Bremen, November 2016. The motor vehicle toll is coming: Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) believes that starting the system after the elections in the coming year is realistic. Instead of a classic adhesive vignette, Dorbrindt counts on the electronic reconciliation via the registration number in terms of toll. Up to now, the Federal Government has not decided for a concrete implementation technology. “DePLATEs based on RFID technology could be the solution. The decision-makers in Berlin do not know our system sufficiently enough yet”, says Dietmar Mönning, Managing Director at Tönnjes E.A.S.T. about the current developments. “We would not like to appear as a toll company, but to cooperate with them - as specialist for vehicle identification”.
Which technology should be used for the vehicle identification with the motor car toll is not yet clear. Discussed options are cameras shooting a digital photo of the license plate. Like the successfully completed, large-scale field trial by Tönnjes E.A.S.T. of this year in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Defence, the detection rate of cameras is partially at 62 percent. In case of snow, rain, fog or dirty license plates, cameras quickly reach their limits. The procedure with added electronic license plates with RFID chip is significantly more effective and reliable. A combination of both systems identifies almost 100 percent of all vehicles. “Against this backdrop, those responsible should ask themselves, whether one would like to concentrate exclusively on camera detection in Germany”, replies Dietmar Mönning. In conclusion, the Federation would possibly lose high earnings with a decision without the chip license plates: “Not only that traffic offenders get away with it in bad weather, but the Federation also misses out on around 40 percent of the earnings.” With an average of 121 rainy days per year in Germany this is a considerable amount.
Due to such successful tests from the field trial, the Netherlands are very interested in the system. In South America, already several countries have decided for an RFID solution from the Tönnjes E.A.S.T. company. The use of the chip-based technology is also interesting on grounds relating to data protection. The RFID chip offers maximum security in combination with the encryption technology of the Dutch company NXP and especially designed RFID reading devices. The Ministry of Transport already stressed that all data will be deleted immediately after positive collection. “We would like this. Anyway, we plead for control by the state”, says Dietmar Mönning.
Anniversary in Central America: TÖNNJES subsidiary SISTEMAT celebrates ten years at their location
Delmenhorst company assumes further growth in Panama
Bremen, October 2016. Successful expansion: Ten years ago, the republic of Panama was the only client of SISTEMAT in Latin America. Today, a decade after setting up of SISTEMAT, the country between Pacific and Caribbean is the centre of operative business in the region for the provider of security license plates hailing from Lower Saxony.
SISTEMAT is part of the Tönnjes company and was founded in September 2006 in Panama - crucial for this was a waterway with a length of over 80 kilometres. “From a logistical point of view, the location is invaluable due to the Panama Canal”, explains Olaf Renz from TÖNNJES C.A.R.D. SISTEMAT has its headquarters in an industrial area of Panama City and from there it suppliers many other countries such as Colombia, Peru or Bolivia with vehicle identification solutions from Delmenhorst. “The machines and the technical knowledge still come from Germany. However, we try to establish a similarly high standard”, adds Olaf Renz. According to his opinion, some Latin American states meanwhile have, thanks to holographs and other technical innovations, a significantly higher security standard than European license plates like the ones in the Federal Republic.
The Republic of Panama is still one of the most important customers of SISTEMAT. This is also demonstrated by the number of employees: From around 130 employees in Central and South America, the company employs half of them in this location alone. Moreover, the license plates are produced locally - this permits the company to react significantly faster to regional customer requests. Due to the growth, SISTEMA already had to move within of Panama. Today, the location has 1,000 square metres of production, storage and office area. Due to the increase in orders the company expects further growth: “In the past years, we register an increased interest in our solutions for vehicle identification, especially in the RFID technology in Central and South America. Therefore, we shall invest in the required machines in Panama in the future”, says Olaf Renz.
Bernd Toenjes, Gerd Toenjes, Stephan Wuestefeld, Kenji Schneider and Olaf Renz at the anniversary-event at SISTEMAT in Panama. © TÖNNJES C.A.R.D.
Test result gives rise to hope for more security in German road traffic
Chip-based license plates from TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. from Lower Saxony detect motor cars at 100 percent
Bremen, October 2016. The RFID chip technology from TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. convinces again: The German company could successfully complete a joint field trial with the Dutch Ministry of Defence for vehicle identification by means of RFID chip technology in August this year. The system offers in combination with the encrypted chip technology NXP UCODE DNA a secure, robust, effective and reliable possibility for vehicle identification - and this with distances of up to twenty metres and speeds up to 150 kilometres per hour. Now TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. Presents test results for the first time. The result: The two-month practical phase on a military area near Eindhoven confirms that motor vehicles can be identified at 100 percent. Conventional, camera-based systems achieve only a detection quota of up to 62 percent. The comparatively weak performance of the camera technology can be traced back to the strong dependence on weather and visibility conditions, which quickly reaches its limits in case of rain, snow or dirty license plates. Corresponding camera-based systems are used at present for the planned section controls for the B 6 in Lower Saxony and the A 1 in North Rhine-Westphalia. Unlike previously, here vehicle drivers are not checked at individual locations, but prosecuted for exceeding an average speed over a longer road section.
“The test results confirm our expectations and show that there is no getting around RFID chip technology in the future when it comes to vehicle detection. In addition, there are also now the chances for an early nationwide introduction in our neighbouring country”, says Dietmar Mönning, Managing Director at TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. Against this backdrop, the company encourages to expand the section control planned for Germany by RFID technology. On average, there are 121 rainy days in Germany. Therefore, it is sensible to use an all-weather system. Only this permits the continuous detection of speeders. “Supplementing the camera system section control planned for Lower Saxony and North-Rhine Westphalia would ensure more security and justice in nationwide road traffic”, says Mönning with conviction. Austria had a test track with section control already installed in 2003 on the A22 in the Viennese Kaisermühlentunnel. According to the operator Asfinag, the number of accidents decreased by around 50 percent within ten years. There were no more fatalities. The average speeds also reduced for motor cars by ten kilometres per hour and for lorries by around 15 kilometres per hour. Different from the planned test tracks in Germany, in Austria the tunnel protects even from bad weather conditions.
The current field trial from The Netherlands is mainly composed of three parts: the standard camera-based system with automatic license plate detection, the all-weather RFID chip technology and a combination of both systems. The test result discloses the weak points if only the camera-based technology is used: Out of 100 vehicles, only 52 vehicles could be clearly identified. Ten motor cars were identified inaccurately. 38 could not be detected at all. An inaccurate identification means that one or several characters on the license plate could not be displayed properly - what, however, basically still makes an identification possible. Therefore, TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. Recommends, based on the test results, to combine both technologies. In this case 85 out of 100 vehicles could be identified completely and an additional 15 inaccurately. The case that a motor car was not detected at all when both systems were combined, did not occur.
All vehicles tested in The Netherlands were equipped by TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. With IDePLATES and IDeSTIX. These are motor car license plates and windscreen stickers with an integrated RFID chip. They are based on the crypto chip UCODE DNY of the semiconductor manufacturer NXP Semiconductors. This passive security chip has, apart from a high read range, also an encryption technology. It guarantees data protection and privacy of the vehicle drivers. Separate high speed tests also confirm that data protection-friendly encrypted identity checks for speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour are possible without any problems. This also applies to multilane motorways. To increase the identification quota on German roads, the company from Lower Saxony also works at the moment on the development of a ground antenna. It should be inserted in the respective lanes and serve especially for the identification of IDePLATES. This reduces the distance between the RFID chip and the reading device to a minimum.
Utsch Tönnjes Europe GmbH stellt Geschäftsbetrieb ein
Muttergesellschaften führen Geschäftstätigkeiten weiter
Schönefeld, Oktober 2016. Die Utsch Tönnjes Europe GmbH gibt heute bekannt, dass der Geschäftsbetrieb mit Wirkung vom 01.11.2016 eingestellt wird. Die Geschäftstätigkeiten des Unternehmens werden durch die Muttergesellschaften Tönnjes E.A.S.T. Infrastruktur Invest GmbH in Delmenhorst und die Erich Utsch AG in Siegen weiter geführt.
Die ehemaligen Gesellschafter erklären, dass durch diese Umstrukturierung die strategischen Ziele auf dem Gebiet der Europäischen Union realisiert werden.
Für die Kunden der Utsch Tönnjes Europe GmbH gibt es keinerlei Auswirkungen hinsichtlich Lieferung und Service. Auch die MitarbeiterInnen werden alle von den beiden Muttergesellschaften übernommen und die Weiterbeschäftigung ist langfristig gesichert.
Die Niederlassungen von Tönnjes und Utsch sind auf Sicherheitskennzeichen und Identifikationslösungen für verschiedenste Fahrzeuge spezialisiert.
More than a piece of sheet metal
Motor car license plates of the future safeguard mobility
Bremen, September 2016. Motor vehicle license plates are as a daily companion a familiar sight in road traffic. Hardly any vehicle owner thinks about the small sheet metal, except when choosing a customised registration number. There is an interesting history and great potential for the future behind the licensing plate, which was introduced to Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Where this journey may take us, shows the example of the new RFID-based registration plates of the company TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. The next generation of technically upgraded license plates offers completely new possibilities for theft protection and information, within the scope of more justified traffic monitoring or for the use of automatic barrier systems.
The history of the license plate starts in Germany with the start of the 20th century. Traffic increased drastically and thus also the number of hit-and-run drivers. To contain this offence, the German Reich introduced in 1906 for the first time uniform license plates for motor cars, motorcycles and lorries. The licensing system in force in Germany today, was introduced in 1956. At the front side, there is a DIN test and monitoring symbol and a corresponding registration number. An innovation at the end of the 80s ensured better readability. License plates made from aluminium with a special retroflective film was used. “This is not just a matter of having any license plate. The technical possibilities with regard to protection against counterfeiting, material, printing and presentation have improved enormously”, says Olaf Renz, Managing Director at TÖNNJES E.A.S.T.
The manufacturer from Northern Germany opens a completely new chapter with the further development of license plates with RFID chips. The chips contain an encrypted code and can be activated via a reading device. A look at the practical test at the military base Oirschot in the Dutch province of Nordbraband shows that safe identification of vehicles is possible also in case of unfavourable weather conditions such as rain, snow or fog and with dirty license plates. The test run will be continued until the end of the year and then evaluated. This development could inaugurate a new era for the history of the license plate. “At present there are different approaches for planning motor car mobility. With increasing traffic density, it becomes more and more important to install good systems against counterfeiting and for safe identification of vehicles”, describes Olaf Renz the new challenges for state and administration. The system developed by TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. is already used in countries around the globe. Apart from the Cayman Islands, Honduras and Latvia are also using the new license plate technology from Germany.
The IDePLATE-system from Germany offers many different features. © Tönnjes E.A.S.T.
German license plate technology in the Caribbean
Cayman Islands count on innovative system from TÖNNJES E.A.S.T.
Bremen, August 2016. The Cayman Islands situated south of Cuba explore new horizons to install an effective management system for vehicles. The IDePLATE developed by the Delmenhorst company J.H. TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. plays a key role in the implementation. As a world’s first, a complete vehicle management based on license plates with integrated RFID chip is installed. The German company is in charge to convert the entire vehicle fleet as well as the management of the group of islands together with the local authorities within three years. The new system applies to roughly 50,000 Caymanians. The Caribbean state expects this implementation to bring higher tax income, optimised traffic planning and the protection from crime in connection with vehicles requiring registration.
Turquoise sea water and white sandy beaches as far as the eye reaches: the almost 800-kilometre-long road network of the island state could hardly be nicer. Like in any country, the vehicle owners of the Cayman Islands must register their cars and motorcycles and in return they receive registration documents and license plates. The currently used system, however, has some weaknesses. On the one hand, the metallic number plates are transported to the islands with substantial delivery times. On the other hand, security elements permitting electronic management and helping to distinguish forged from authenticated license plates are missing. These problems should be solved with the implementation of the new system. Within the scope of the cooperation, the authorities receive 90,000 security license plates including integrated RFID chip and 45,000 holographic labels called IDeSTIX for the windscreen in the first step. To imprint the prefabricated IDePLATEs locally and to personalise labels, the required know-how is passed on to the administration. A so-called number plate management system controls registration, production, storage, distribution, shipping and delivery. In addition, TÖNNJES delivers the required software as well as mobile reading devices and stationary antennae to detect and read out the passive UHF chips.
“We see a large potential for the use of our technology in many countries of the world. Obviously, we encounter very specific framework conditions on the Cayman Islands. But exactly this goes to show how varied the application possibilities of the RFID-based license plate technology are, completely independent from the number of vehicles or size of the country”, explains Olaf Renz, Managing Director at TÖNNJES. Apart from the containment of the forging of license plates and the improvement of traffic safety, the new system for the Cayman Islands has further advantages. The shipping times of the customised plates are shortened in the future and temporary license plates should be abolished. Thanks to the automatic control of payment data, the security with regard to the revenue is ensured.
A junction on Caymen Islands that will use the technology from Tönnjes in the future. © Tönnjes E.A.S.T.
“If section control, then in the best possible way”
License plates with RFID chip from Lower Saxony significantly improve the detection quote
Bremen, June 2016. In the past year, around two and a half million traffic accidents were put on the record - 4.2 percent more than in the previous year. 305,900 persons were injured, 3.475 of them died. One of the main causes of accidents: inappropriate speed. For years, police and Ministry of Transport have been looking for possibilities to catch speeders. Stationary and mobile radar traps are only partially effective, since the locations are often known. Especially on routes, where accidents happen frequently, a new technology called “section control” should provide relief in Germany. It determines average speeds of the vehicles over a longer distance. The first installation of this type will be put into operation shortly on the federal highway 6 between Gleidingen and Laatzen in Lower Saxony. On the 2.1 kilometre, long pilot stretch there is a total of six speed cameras, which determine the drivers’ speed. After a test phase of 18 months, section control could then also be used in other federal states. However, in case of rain, snow or dirty license plates, the camera-based system quickly reaches its limits. The Lower Saxon company J.H. TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. offers now a solution with its additional RFID chip technology. This could significantly increase the detection quota of the planned section control.
“If section control, then in the best possible way”, says Dietmar Mönning, Managing Director at TÖNNJES. “Section controls are a good solution to act preventively against traffic accidents in connection with speeding. However, there is still room for improvement.” The company J.H. TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. from Delmenhorst therefore has developed with the IDePLATE, in addition to the camera-based section control, a product that ensures sure identification of vehicles in any weather. The designation IDePLATE stands here for car license plates equipped with a readable RFID transponder (radio-frequency identification). It contains a unique and unchangeable identification number that can be transferred by means of latest crypto chips in an encrypted manner. Sure, identification takes place with authorised reading devices also in case of bad weather conditions or dirty license plates. Reading is done either stationary or mobile. The IDeSTIX ensures added security - a holographic label with integrated RFID chip. This label is attached to the inside of the windscreen and cannot be removed without being destroyed in the process.
Austria had a section control already installed in 2003 on the A22 in the Viennese Kaisermühlentunnel. According to the operator Asfinag, the number of accidents decreased by around 50 percent within ten years. There were no more fatalities. The average speeds also reduced for motor cars by 10 km/h and for lorries by 15 km/h. Different from the planned test tracks in Lower Saxony, the Kaisermühlentunnel protects the Viennese section from bad weather conditions. These useful framework conditions are not offered by the test section on the B6 in Lower Saxony. A use of the additional RFID chip technology by police and Ministry of Transport is not yet planned in Lower Saxony. With an average of 121 rainy days per year in Germany, this could, however, soon prove to be a sensible addition.
RFID-chip-technology could improve Section Control. © kichigin19 und Fotolia
More than 400 license plates are stolen on a daily basis
IDePLATEs can help remedy the situation
Bremen, May 2016. According to estimates of the Allgemeine Versicherungs-AG (ARAG), 160,000 license plates are stolen in Germany every year. This comes to an average of 400 thefts per day. A real problem for entrepreneurs and private persons and considerable extra work for the administration, since a theft has far-reaching consequences. This includes dealing with authorities and costs up to 100 for the replacement. If it is a personal license plate, the costs are even higher. Moreover, the old license plate remains blocked for five years. The company J.H. TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. from Delmenhorst has developed a solution to the problem with the IDePLATE. These are license plates with integrated passive RFID chip. It contains a unique and unchangeable identification number that can be transferred by means of encryption technology. The safe detection by authorised reading devices complicates the use of stolen license plates. The technology already used abroad could also reduce the number of thefts in Germany.
The plate thieves have different intentions. Very often the use stolen license plates for petrol theft at fuel stations or to get a flawed vehicle through the technical inspection. It would be possible to put an end to these plans by using IDePLATEs. The so-called “Third license plate”, which is found on the inside of the windscreen in form of a holographic sticker, provides additional safety. If the details of the so-called IDeSTIX do not match the ones of the actual license plate, the system detects this. “Up to now, Germany has neglected to publicly discuss this technology. Now is the right time for a debate in order not to be overtaken by systems developed abroad. Among others, the organised theft of high-grade vehicles can be combatted using the IDePLATE”, explains Dietmar Mönning, Managing Director at TÖNNJES.
In Germany, the introduction of the technology is also conceivable through a test phase, says Dietmar Mönning with conviction. “In many states the authorities have a positive attitude towards the possibilities of the IDePLATE. In the Netherlands, a large-scale experiment is being carried out until the end of the year under the watchful eye of the local ministry of transport”, he explains. Apart from protection from theft and counterfeiting, the new development has other advantages. According to statements of the experts, automated entries and exits on company premises or in parking garages can be organised in a more time and cost-saving manner. Even during major events such as the upcoming European Football Championships in France, the security situation could be improved with IDePLATEs. Competent authorities would be in a position to detect terroristic activities in connection with stolen vehicles at an earlier stage.
German license plate technology on the advance
Tönnjes E.A.S.T. presents motor vehicle detection systems at Intertraffic Amsterdam
Bremen, March 2016. From 5th to 8th April, the Germany company J. H. Tönnjes E.A.S.T. presents its tried and tested detection systems for vehicles at the Intertraffic Amsterdam. In other European countries and at international level, vehicle identification based on RFID technology (radio-frequency identification) is already in use. According to the company’s own information, it is one of the market leaders with its solutions. Core piece is a passive chip integrated in the license plate. In Amsterdam, the company presents technical details and corresponding application examples to a broad specialised public.
At present, the forces of the Dutch army are gaining practical experience with an IDePlate, a license plate with integrated chip. The inspector of the Royal Dutch Land Forces, Lieutenant-General Mart de Kruif, praises the project as ground-breaking. Test area is one of the largest military training areas in the Netherlands. In other countries, the RFID technology for motor vehicle detection is in the testing phase or, like in Peru, is already being used nationwide. In Europe, apart from The Netherlands, Turkey and Latvia are among the most progressive. According to the Managing Directors Olaf Renz and Dietmar Mönning, there are also enquiries from Germany. “The interest, especially from large companies from the automotive and logistics industry to optimise the security of their fleets and the company area, is great. Easy and efficient solutions, on the other hand, are rare. With the IDePlate including manipulation-proof software, we offer a fully developed alternative for many application areas”, explains Olaf Renz.
The Intertraffic in Amsterdam is the world’s largest innovation platform for mobility solutions. More than 800 exhibitors from over 40 countries present their products and services all around the traffic and transport industry. Visitors of the fair find Tönnjes E.A.S.T. in hall 10 at stand 10.218.
Test bestätigt Wirksamkeit von RFID-Technologie zur Fahrzeugidentifikation
13. Juli 2016 – Das niedersächsische Unternehmen J.H. TÖNNJES E.A.S.T. präsentierte heute gemeinsam mit dem niederländischen Halbleiterhersteller NXP Semiconductors und dem Handelsunternehmen Kirpestein die Ergebnisse eines groß angelegten Feldversuchs mit IDePLATEs in den Niederlanden. Die Technologie zur Fahrzeugidentifikation wurde ein Jahr lang an über einhundert Militärfahrzeugen getestet. Wichtigste Erkenntnis sei nach Angaben des Unternehmens, dass Fahrzeuge mit CHIP basierter RFID-Technologie sicher identifiziert werden können. Unter den gegebenen Testbedingungen betrug die maximale Mess-Entfernungen zwischen Fahrzeug und Scanner bis zu zwölf Metern und eine verlässliche Auslesung war bis zu Geschwindigkeiten von 150 Stundenkilometern möglich. Die erzielten Werte gelten auch für ungünstige Witterungsbedingungen wie Regen, Schnee oder Nebel sowie bei verschmutzten Kfz-Kennzeichen.
Der Testlauf startete 2015 auf dem Militärstützpunkt Oirschot in der niederländischen Provinz Nordbrabant. Über einhundert Autos und Lkw wurden mit IDePLATEs und IDeSTIXs ausgestattet. Dabei handelt es sich um Kfz-Kennzeichen und Windschutzscheiben-Aufkleber mit integriertem RFID-Chip. Seitdem erfassen autorisierte Lesegeräte, die an einem Gate befestigt sind, Kennzeichen und Windschutzscheiben-Aufkleber. Für den Feldversuch wurde der neue reichweitenstarke Kryptochip UCODE DNA von NXP verwendet. Dieser passive Sicherheitschip kombiniert erstmals eine hohe Lesereichweite mit modernster Verschlüsselungstechnologie zur Chip-Authentifizierung. „Nur stationäre oder mobile Lesegeräte mit dem passenden, geheimen und kryptografischen Code können die einmalige Identifikationsnummer entschlüsseln“, betont Maurice Geraets, Geschäftsführer bei NXP. „Verschiedene Hindernisse wurden durch den Feldversuch überwunden“, erläutert Koert Kirpestein, Inhaber und Geschäftsführer von Kirpestein. „Viele Militärfahrzeuge sind mit zusätzlichen Metallverkleidungen ausgestattet, die zu Störungen bei den RFID-Antennen führen. Eine Hauptaufgabe war es sicherzustellen, dass auch diese Fahrzeuge verlässlich identifiziert werden können. Außerdem ermöglichte der Testlauf die Optimierung des Zusammenspiels von Hardware und Software.“
Nach dem erfolgreichen Test auf dem Militärgelände in den Niederlanden soll die RFID-Technologie nun auch in anderen Ländern zum Einsatz kommen: „Die erfolgreichen Ergebnisse des Feldversuchs haben bereits zur breiten Einführung der RFID-Chips in elektronische Kennzeichen bei Projekten in Südamerika geführt. Besonders der Datenschutzaspekt sowie die sinkenden Kosten für die Einführung von elektronischen Kennzeichen machen die Lösung auch für einen großflächigen Einsatz in Europa attraktiv“, ist sich Olaf Renz, Geschäftsführer bei TÖNNJES sicher. Außerdem eröffne der Einsatz von elektronischen Kennzeichen neuartige Geschäftsmodelle. Beispielsweise könnten Kosten für Parkhäuser automatisch abgerechnet werden, wenn der Fahrzeughalter einen entsprechenden Service wünscht. Ebenso lasse sich die Technologie für die manipulationssichere Fahrzeugregistrierung und Identifikation, das Verkehrsmanagement und Zugangskontrollen einsetzen.
Militärfahrzeuge, ausgestattet mit IDePLATEs und
IDeSTIX, passieren das mit Lesegeräten ausgestattete
Gate in Oirschot
Royal Dutch Army: General de Kruif supports vehicle identification with passive RFID technology
As part of a long-term project on the training and education grounds of the Dutch Ministry of Defense, Tönnjes and Kirpestein presented RFID based solutions for vehicle identification to Lieutenant General Mart de Kruif, commanding officer of the Royal Dutch Army. Military vehicles were equipped with IDePLATEs and IDeSTIXs, license plates and windshield labels with integrated passive RFID chips. Reading units, which are mounted on a gantry, read the information stored on license plates and windshield labels. De Kruif called this solution a real-life technical innovation which provides concrete applications for military purposes.
“In these days the technical requirements of systems for a reliable and tamper proof vehicle identification increase steadily”, explains Koert Kirpestein, managing director of Kirpestein B.V., during the presentation. To meet these requirements, both companies are constantly working on the development of their technical solutions.
General de Kruif visited the installation and was introduced to all details of the application.
The Project on the training and education grounds of the Dutch Ministry of Defense is initially planned for one year. For this purpose, 100 vehicles were equipped with license plates and windshield labels, using the latest kryptochip developed by NXP Semiconductors. The so called UCODE DNA, in compliance with the highest security standards, works with an encrypted authentication – even over long distances.
Certified tests confirm the functionality of the IDePLATE under all weather conditions and at high speed. With these features it fulfills individual requirements and enables a variety of applications – these include tamper proof vehicle registration and identification, traffic management, section control, parking and access control. Countries like Peru and Latvia have already commenced using the IDePLATE.
Koert Kirpestein (Kirpestein B.V) presents the
benefits and applications of the IDePLATE to Lieutenant
General Mart de Kruif