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How humans and machines work together Machine authentication for the smart factory.

Challenges

Maximum security through machine authentication.

Whether in manufacturing companies or the healthcare sector: in our digitized world, efficient collaboration between humans and machines is crucial to success in many industries. In modern production operations, machines, robots and flexible manufacturing systems are increasingly connected via the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Especially in such networked environments, operating errors can have far-reaching consequences: they jeopardize both the safety of people and that of costly production equipment. In the event of unauthorized access to production systems, the security of sensitive personal and plant data is also at stake and the door is wide open for industrial espionage. Therefore, access to valuable industrial equipment or highly complex medical devices must be reliably restricted to authorized and trained employees.

Many companies still rely on traditional magnetic stripe cards, PIN pads, passwords and mechanical key switches to protect their assets and corporate networks from unauthorized access. A more secure, convenient and future-oriented alternative is Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) or smartphone technologies such as Near Field Communication (NFC) or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Thus, a company badge, ID card or smartphone is all that is needed to ensure secure and efficient authentication. And a modern machine authentication solution can also make a real difference in the fitness industry: cardio or workout programs can be conveniently stored on the member tag, making them instantly available on all machines.

Maximum safety. Full control.

Your company owns valuable machines that must deliver top performance reliably and precisely and may only be operated under certain conditions? Then a machine authentication solution from ELATEC is exactly what you need.

How can my organization benefit from a smart machine authentication solution?

Solutions

Maintain full control with machine authentication.

Authentication solutions from ELATEC adapt smoothly to your existing system landscape. Single sign-on works quickly and conveniently. The RFID reader is connected to or integrated into the machine and connected to the login software. Existing employee ID cards in the company can be used for machine authentication with RFID, which also enables synergies with other systems such as fleet management or kiosk and cabinet solutions in a simple and economical way. The machine operator simply has to hold his employee ID card up to the reader. In conjunction with the login software, he immediately gains secure access to those systems and equipment that he is authorized and trained to use. Authorization levels and periods can be defined individually.

Another advantage of an RFID solution for machine authentication is that RFID cards and readers are extremely resistant to dust, heat, dirt and general wear and tear. In factories where environmental conditions are particularly harsh, they ensure that machines can be enabled for operation without interference. In addition, machine authentication via RFID provides a high level of transparency in production: production managers always have an overview of who is using machines and systems and to what extent. In this way, optimization potential can be identified and exploited.

Benefit from a universal, unique solution package of product, software and service that works worldwide and gives you maximum flexibility. Together, we set everything up to meet your current needs. If changes are made, the solution can be easily adapted or expanded at any time. On your own or by our experts. Quickly, securely and often even remotely. Smoothly and efficiently. Now and in the future.

Speaking of service: ELATEC is always there for you. With conscientious needs analysis and holistic consulting, so that you get the optimal solution for your requirements. With technical expertise during implementation in your individual system landscape. With lightning-fast, competent response when you have questions and need advice. And with a unique support portfolio during operation. Worldwide. That's a promise.

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Advantages

Benefit from a well-thought-out overall package.

ELATEC offers you a customized solution for your individual requirements—and with a consistently high safety standard. You have the certainty that your valuable machines are only used by employees who are allowed and able to do so. In this way, you avoid both unauthorized changes to settings and damage caused by incorrect operation. And when it comes to transparency, a modern solution for machine authentication is also ideal. You always have an overview of who operated which device and when. This helps in the event of malfunctions or if you need to prove that laws have been complied with. At the same time, you have full control, as the system automatically checks whether the operating certificates of the respective employee are still up to date when they log on. This means you are on the safe side when it comes to safety regulations, and at the same time you have a reduced administrative workload.

Which technology is best for my organization?

You are about to implement a uniform overall solution and are wondering which technologies you should rely on? No problem! Universal readers from ELATEC are able to read RFID as well as BLE and NFC signals and thus offer maximum flexibility. This means that both card and smartphone can be used as identification media, and even in parallel. You can make the decision individually for each application and person—and simply change it if necessary. Your needs. Your customized solution.

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