Simpler and safer at E.ON into the future with the CTC4096

Building security is an important topic in the E.ON group, with its many different companies. The company has a multi-level concept for its site and building security, part of which is its access control system with staff ID as the medium of identification. LEGIC RFID identification cards have been in use since 1995 – so it was high time to bring the technology up to the latest level!

The company E.ON SE, which – following its division into the E.ON and Uniper Group – is to focus on the areas of renewable energy, energy networks and customer solutions, has approximately 40,000 employees at multiple locations worldwide.

Its access control, cash desk system and ID cards are part of its IT services. The structural concept of the applications for use and the ID cards are defined by an IT Solution Architect who plans and manages the product throughout its life cycle.

Everything began with prime

The history of the RFID identity cards began with access control at E.ON and its predecessor companies in the year 1995. Starting with isolated loca- tions, their use then spread throughout Germany, before being rolled out to several different countries. An initial segment-based adaptation was carried out in 2013. Different access control and payment systems were also stored on the ID cards on a uniform basis with a LEGIC prime chip. The system environment proved to be highly effec- tive and user-friendly for those using the ID – but the technology on the ID cards was the same as that dating from 1995.

From prime to CTC

The strategic goal was to introduce a secure medium for the future – with a clear costs structure, for long-term use and with a smooth transition to a sophisticated form of technology. With our partners Interflex, Dallmayr and evolutionID, we successfully developed an approach for the realization. We decided on using an ID card with the LEGIC CTC4096 Transponder Chip. The structure was conceptualized with “Zone C” and an AES256 encryption. In order to be equipped for future developments in the software market, the segment list was supplemented by standards for access, time & attendance and payment systems (SOAA, OCF).

Optimum realization

The realization was completed on an optimum basis and it proved possible for the production of the new ID cards to start within a few months which – according to the current level of knowledge – we will now be able to use for a long time. All of the results we required have been achieved with the selected solution. We have started to adapt the hardware on a location-by-location basis. Our buildings have become more secure and straightforward to use.

“Our building world became simpler and safer with LEGIC’s CTC4096!”

Werner Franz, Solution Architect Facility Management-Health/ Safety/ Security/ Environment at E.ON

Benefits for the end-user:

  • Higher security
  • Same ID for all locations
  • Simplicity thanks to multiapplication and standard segments

LEGIC products and services:

  • 2000 & 4000 series reader ICs
  • CTC4096 smartcards

LEGIC partner in this project:

  • Dallmayr Card Systeme GmbH (System integrator)
  • evolutionID GmbH (Consultant)
  • Interflex Datensysteme GmbH & Co. KG (Reader manufacturer /System integrator)