German license plate technology in the Caribbean

German license plate technology in the Caribbean

Cayman Islands count on innovative system from TÖNNJES

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 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.