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PAV Card – a family firm supplying worldwide solutions for Govt. ID, health and finance

As a family business, headquartered in Lütjensee near Hamburg, PAV is one of the leading manufacturers of card and RFID solutions for global players in all industries. So its understandable that their products can be found (almost) everywhere. At the hotel, traveling, at the stadium, shopping, in the mailbox, and most likely in your wallet. 

The company’s products and solutions include, for example, particularly heat-resistant ID cards for the police in Abu Dhabi, contactless employee ID cards for numerous DAX companies and contactless cards for airport access control. PAV also supports many companies in the development and production of initial samples, such as smart cards and rely on proven components from some of the worlds leading RFID manufacturers. All cards are produced in their high security area, which meets the highest security requirements.

Government ID and Passports

In addition, PAV supplies a large number of European, African and Asian countries with passport and ID card inlays. Synthetic paper or PC inlays can be processed in any conventional passport. These can be invisibly integrated in the envelope in the cover or on the data page. The RFID technology makes it possible to read out the data contactlessly, thus fulfilling the highest level of counterfeit security. The inlays, made of synthetic paper or polycarbonate, can be embedded in any conventional passport. 

They can be integrated in the passport cover or in the data page. Inlay production at PAV has been evaluated by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). In 2007, PAV was chosen, on account of their highly advanced production technology, to participate in one of the first field tests in the world for e-passports in Europe. Today, the family-owned company supplies numerous states with inlays for e-passports and ID cards.

Health & Donor Services

Around 90 per cent of the population in Germany is insured by the statutory health insurance system. PAV has also been a partner to the German health industry for many decades. Their portfolio ranges from production of the electronic health card (eGK) for health insurance funds to customised prescription forms for physicians in private practice in Germany. 

As a renowned producer of the health insurance card, PAV has also been commissioned by numerous health insurance funds to produce the electronic health card. The card’s innovative technology helps to improve communication between physicians, dentists, pharmacies, hospitals and health insurance funds. One of the main features of the electronic health card is a photo of the insured person, which stops card abuse from the outset. PAV obtains the photos beforehand by letter, online upload or MMS. The heart is an image management system specially developed by PAV and which reflects our extensive experience in image processing technology.

PAV also personalises and encodes the cards. The electronic health card stores the insured persons data, such as name, date of birth, gender, address, insurance number, status, etc. The cards are sent to the respective holders through PAV’s lettershop. To ensure that all the cards reach the right recipients, each chip is read out in their high-security zone before being enveloped, and compared with the assigned address.

There is also a growing demand for cards that provide complex solutions and higher levels of security in the German health insurance system. Microprocessor cards with large storage capacities are particularly suitable in that regard. One example is the new blood donor card issued by the German Red Cross. The regional ID cards previously used have been replaced step by step since 2012 with a smartcard with an integrated RFID chip and a microprocessor.

The blood donor services commissioned PAV to produce the new blood donor cards, which also includes personalising and encoding the cards. In addition to the blood group, only the holder’s surname, first name and date of birth are stored on the chip. This modern system now allows blood to be donated anywhere in Germany. Cryptographic chip protocols ensure that the data are kept secure. and a file system allows different applications to be configured freely and strictly separately from each other in respect of size, access rights management, security levels and password management. The data are transmitted in accordance with the DIN ISO EN 14443 standard.

The electronic blood donor cards are also produced in their high-security zone, which meets the very toughest security requirements and the cards are send by post through their in-house lettershop. To ensure that all the cards reach the right recipients, each card is read out in our high-security zone before being enveloped, and compared with the assigned address.

Contactless and NFC

As the rise and use of contactless cards continues as they are deployed for access control, time tracking, as tickets for public transport or as cards for spas and tourist areas, PAV can also supply customers with RFID cards containing chips made by NXP, LEGIC and RFID market leader – Infineon. Additional security features, such as holograms, can also be integrated in the cards on request. 

Microprocessor-embedded cards are now used whenever applications involve a security dimension, for example in closed payment systems. The chip on such cards has its own operating system, ensuring that data can not only be stored, but also processed and encrypted on the card itself. That means that different applications can be configured freely and strictly separately from each other in respect of size, access rights management, security levels and password management. The data are preferably transmitted in accordance with the DIN ISO EN 14443 standard.

Customised antenna layouts also enable PAV to change the shape of the card, or to include slotted holes for card clips and all cards are produced in their high-security, ISO 27001-certified zone, which meets the very toughest security requirements. PAV can also provide two chips in one (hybrid) card, if need be. One example of how a hybrid card can be deployed: a globally operating company uses different card types for access control at its various locations. Employees who work at several locations can be given easy access to the respective buildings using just one card, thanks to an appropriate solution designed for this case.

In addition to classical contactless RFID cards, PAV also produce NFC cards (tag type 2+4). PAV point out that their NFC cards have an antenna with a particularly small module (tag type 2), meaning there are hardly any layout restrictions when personalising the cards. Combined with PAV’s ability to equip the cards with additional storage or microcontroller chips, the cards are very suitable for security applications, among others. PAV’s NFC cards in credit-card quality have a long service life, in accordance with the ISO standard, and all cards can be read and written into using NFC-capable mobile phones.

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