The cards will provide passengers with access to rooms and will improve 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, which is operated by Serco as a standalone franchise, can trace its origins back to 1873. It serves a number of destinations in Scotland – including Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William, Glasgow and Edinburgh – on route to and from Euston Station.
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.”
Ali added: ‘RFID solutions can provide real benefits in efficiency, costs and in this case significantly cutting down on waste.’
CoreRFID’s clients include ICL, London Underground and Thomas Cook.