State of the art in technology and design at ÖKK Insurance

ÖKK Insurances’ new head office in Landquart, Switzerland was built according to the highest design and technological standards. Under enormous time pressure, Kontroll-Systeme AG integrated a cashless payment system with the LEGIC 4000 series security modules into a system with access control and time & attendance functions based on a MIFARE card population.

Flexibility and the attractive design of the LEGIC SM-4200 helped to achieve a successful outcome.

The new ÖKK head office was planned to be an emblem for the insurance firm which has gave architecture and design high priority for this project. Accordingly, readers and terminals for contactless people identification must also meet high standards, including the use of the most recent technology combined with high user friendliness. Kontroll-Systeme AG won the contract to develop a solution for cashless payments in a system with access control and time & attendance functions. The conditions: a MIFARE DESFire card population, card readers based on the LEGIC 4000 series security modules, several involved parties and only three months from the first project meeting to final commissioning. The solution: SM-4200 based readers with MIFARE interoperability and Kontroll-Systeme’s know-how to create a standardized data structure for MIFARE DESFire.

Change of plan

Originally, Oliver Storz, Sales & RFID project manager at Kontroll-Systeme AG, assumed that a solution based purely on LEGIC core elements would be used for contactless people identification at the new ÖKK head office. He could not have been more surprised when he learnt that the access system would be based on MIFARE DESFire. “We had to alter our plans in a relatively short time-frame, because other components in the system also had to be based on MIFARE DESFire such as the charging stations for cashless payments and the readers for tills and coffee machines”, explains Storz. All other suppliers also had to align their products to the access system.

LEGIC 4000 series and MIFARE combined

The choice for the LEGIC SM-4200 security module for the access control and time & attendance readers was immediate. As of OS-4000 V2.0, LEGIC had integrated all cryptographic functions of common MIFARE transponders into the 4000 series as well as those of MIFARE DESFire. Storz explains this decision in the following way: “It was a great opportunity for us to build a standardized data structure on MIFARE DESFire, because on the one hand we had worked intensively on this, and at the same time we were involved in developing an RFID device based on the LEGIC 4000 series. Despite being under time pressure, we rose to the challenge and integrated both elements into one system”.

“All challenges that arose within the framework of this project were effortlessly solved by Kontroll-Systeme. We are very satisfied with our solution based on LEGIC core elements.”
- Hanspeter Bürkli,Head of Logistics and Real Estate at ÖKK Insurances

    A successful project

    In the end, Kontroll-Systeme AG managed to finish the reader software on time and was able to determine the necessary details to encode the storage media. Storz is proud of this success: “We managed to integrate a final and completely reliable hardware and software solution under time pressure. We also owe the success of this project to the attractive design and the flexibility of the LEGIC SM-4200 security module.”

    Benefits for the end-user

    • Flexibility: The LEGIC 4000 Series security modules allow for an infrastructure with a MIFARE card population
    • Independence: The end user has control over the system thanks to LEGIC’s Master Token System Control
    • Multi-application: access control, time & attendance and cashless payments can be integrated into a single system

    LEGIC products and services

    • Security Module: SM-4200
    • LEGIC Master-Token System-Control (MTSC) Key and Authorization Management system

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