Press release from: 29 November 2016

Smartrac Unveils Dual Frequency Prelam® for Convenient Transport Contactless Card Applications

Amsterdam (The Netherlands), November 29, 2016 – RFID and IoT pacesetter Smartrac is launching Dual Frequency PRELAM®, its latest RFID inlay ideally suited for convenient public transport applications. The new product combines one pre-laminated inlay (PRELAM) with two secure contactless chips, one working in high frequency (HF) and the other in ultra-high frequency (UHF), in a single card.


The capability of such a dual frequency card allows transport operators to select the type of revenue collection method that is appropriate at the point of entry. For example, transport operators can allow for hands-free or Be-in-Be-Out (BIBO) fare collection in very large human traffic channels or for physically challenged commuters. In standard entry or exit, Check-in-Check-Out (CICO) fare collection reader terminals can be deployed.


With the progress of technology in automatic fare collection systems, the approach to revenue fare collection has gone through some major changes. Account based ticketing as alternative to CICO ticketing will become most popular as a complimentary solution. Dual Frequency PRELAM enables transport automatic fare collection systems to become more convenient to commuters and improve the traffic flow at both the entry or exit points of a transport system.


"The benefits of Smartrac patented technology in this product include very strong bonding of the different layers of sheets in the PRELAM, anti-crack design to prevent chip crack during end lamination and harmonized tuning of HF antenna and UHF antenna," explained Daniel Lim, Global Head of Business Line Transport, Secure ID and Transactions Business Division. “Card manufacturers can fully customize their Dual Frequency PRELAMs depending on the required write/read performance of the contactless chip card”.


Available in PVC, PC, PET-G or Teslin®, Smartrac offers Dual Frequency PRELAM with several combinations of secure and popular contactless chips: For HF, customers can choose between NXP MIFARE DESFire EV2, Sony FeliCa RC-SA01 4KB or the Infineon CIPURSE4move chip. The UHF chip offerings include NXP UCODE DNA or Impinj Monza.


Dual Frequency PRELAM will be showcased at Trustech, the largest tradeshow event dedicated to trust-based technologies. The event will take place from November 29 to December 1, 2016 in Cannes, France. Visitors can find Smartrac at Booth #Riviera A 050.


About Smartrac:
Smartrac is the world’s leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of RFID products and IoT solutions, providing both ready-made and customized offerings, suitable for a large number of applications. Smartrac makes products smart, and enables businesses to identify, authenticate, track and complement product offerings. The company’s portfolio is used in a wide array of applications: access control, animal identification, automated fare collection, automotive, border control, contactless payment, electronic product identification, industry, libraries and media management, laundry, logistics, retail, public transport, and many more. Leveraging its global R&D, production and sales network, Smartrac combines physical products with its Internet of Things platform Smart Cosmos, empowering the ecosystem of connected things. Smartrac has its registered headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter:


Media contact:
Smartrac Technology Group
Karin Fabri
Head of Corporate Communications & Marketing
Phone: +31 203 050 150 


PRELAM® is a registered trademark of Smartrac N.V.
MIFARE and MIFARE DESFire EV2 are registered trademarks of NXP B.V.

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