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RFID cards for Caledonian Sleeper

CoreRFID has supplied the UK outsourcing company Serco with 100,000 RFID access cards for its Caledonian Sleeper railway service. The cards will provide passengers with access to rooms on the overnight routes between London Euston and Scotland. The cards are re-usable and replace paper-based RFID tickets.

Munzi Ali, technical director of CoreRFID says: ‘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. RFID solutions can provide real benefits in efficiency, costs and in this case significantly cutting down on waste.’

The Caledonian Sleeper service, which is operated by Serco as a standalone franchise, can trace its origins to 1873. It serves Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William, Glasgow and Edinburgh. 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.”

CoreRFID’s clients include ICL, London Underground and Thomas Cook.


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