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Long-range RFID enables secure vehicle access at Lufthansa Technik

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November 16, 2020

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Aviation security is of critical importance for Lufthansa Technik, operating at security restricted areas of airports to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services. To control security and access to their facilities, Lufthansa Technik has implemented the future proof access control platform AEOS from Nedap Security Management. In addition, a mixture of long-range RFID solutions from Nedap Identification Systems has been selected to enable frictionless, secure vehicle gate access to authorized motorists. Lufthansa Technik strived for a security system centered around people, to keep them safe but also sets them free.

An increasing importance of security requirements for the aviation industry

Lufthansa Technik is a leading provider of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services for civil aircraft. A specific division within the aviation industry, where security is one of the main priorities. The need to control access to the Lufthansa premises has become more important. In particular when it comes to temporary or incidental users, like contactors and visitors. In general, Lufthansa Technik wants to create a user-friendly environment yet ensuring the highest security standards.

The right balance between security and convenience

To summarize, their challenge was: Preventing unauthorized access, while employees have seamless access to their facilities when they start their working day. A stable balance between security and convenience is needed to ensure the best working environment for their employees: A dynamic work environment in which they can move around, while they feel secure.

A welcoming experience starts at the gate

For staff, contractors, visitors and forwarded counts – even when entering a site with high security measures – that a welcoming experience starts at the perimeter vehicle access gate. While AEOS was implemented in the IT infrastructure of Lufthansa Technik, a mixture of Long-range RFID readers are applied at the gates to enable secure but convenience gate access which fit to the needs of the different user groups. The project has been realised in close cooperation with channel partner NTP.

Long-range RFID, a proven technology to identify vehicles and drivers

Nedap Identification Systems is a specialist in high performance long-range contactless RFID solutions that meets with the high-security requirements for demanding applications. Long-range RFID is a proven technology to identify vehicles of preregistered user group such as staff, workers and contractors. Vehicles and drivers are identified from a few meters distance to avoid a stop, in a very secure manner.

Melf Westphal, Head of Security Solutions at Lufthansa: “We were really impressed with Nedap’s entrepreneurial culture, hands-on mentality and personal approach. It wasn’t only the really good products they presented to us. With their support they helped us solve all the operational issues. They enabled us to create tailormade solutions that matched our security demands. It’s meant that instead of barricading ourselves in we have relative freedom of movement. I feel very secure but I can use my badge to go anywhere.”

Ido Wentink, Proposition Manager Vehicle Identification Nedap Identification Systems: “We are very pleased that an appealing name such as Lufthansa Technik has chosen Nedap. And that we as Nedap can assist Lufthansa to further optimize their traffic flows at vehicle gate entries and exists, in a fast, secure and user-friendly manner. Being a technology partner for Nedap Security Management, AEOS system integrators and their end-customers have access to a broad portfolio of high-performance, reliable solutions for automatic vehicle identification. A riskless choice of proven solutions that are fully compatible with AEOS-based access control environments.”

 

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