CoreRFID supplies 100,000 keycards to rail firm

Skelmersdale-based CoreRFID has supplied 100,000 keycards which will improve security for passengers of the Caledonian Sleeper railway service.

CoreRFID is a specialist developer and supplier of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) using mobile and fixed RFID readers. Its global client base includes high-profile manufacturing companies such as GE Power, VP PLC and BMW.

The company was enlisted by Serco, which operates the rail business as a standalone franchise, to provide secure cards which will enable passengers to access rooms while improving security on routes between London and Scotland.

The cards are completely re-usable and replace paper-based RFID tickets, which were judged to not be as cost effective in the long-term.

Munzi Ali, technical director of CoreRFID comments: "Our knowledge and experience on similar work in the hotel industry helped us to meet the challenges of this project.

"Serco had specialist locks provided by a Spanish company and needed cards which were compatible. Consultancy is a big part of the larger projects we undertake and we were able to solve the issue with Serco."

The Caledonian Sleeper service serves a number of destinations in Scotland - including Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William, Glasgow and Edinburgh - on route to and from Euston Station. 

The feedback from guests on the keycard has been excellent.

Graham Kelly, guest experience director at Serco Caledonian Sleeper, said: "Our new trains are designed to improve every aspect of the guest experience. We strive to deliver a hotel experience and a major part of that is having keycard entry for rooms.

"We've only been running our new trains for a few weeks but the feedback from guests on the keycard has been excellent, with CoreRFID's solution proving extremely effective."