TCTS Lab Research Projects

Mobile Access Information System (MAIS)

Project type: WIST Région Wallonne
Duration: 36 months (2004 - 2007)
Budget: 1.366.884€


The objective of MAIS is to develop a low-cost, low-consumption, secure smart card that will be readable from a distance.
Its main characteristics will be:

  • Security: the information in the card, as well a its transmission, will be secured with modern cryptographic methods
  • Ease of use and installation: it will not need to be connected to an external power supply
  • Very low consumption and long life time
  • Readable from a distance on a moving vehicle

The main applications of the project will be freight train tractability and inclusion in windshields. For this last application, the project partners work in close collaboration with Glaverbel.

The MAIS project will require and important research effort in cryptography (to create secure protocols using very small bandwidths) and in techniques to localize and communicate with the smart card.

Research Staff

One researcher from the TCTS Lab, FPMs work on this project under Bernard Gosselin's direction : Devrim Unay, a researcher, is pursuing a PhD and is working in collaboration with Marc Massar from Multitel.

  • DICE Lab, the Microelectronics Laboratory of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Université catholique de Louvain
  • TCTS Lab, the Circuit Theory and Signal Processing Laboratory of the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons
  • CRMM Lab, Molecular Modelisation Research Center of the Faculty of Science, Université de Mons-Hainaut
  • URRETEL Lab, the Network and Telecommunications Research Laboratory of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles


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