HID Announces Enhanced Version of its MIFARE Contactless Smart Card Reader

Aug. 30, 2001

HID’s new MIFARE Contactless Smart Card Reader now reads and writes to contactless smart cards. Contactless smart cards are used for access control and stored value or data applications such as transportation and vending (increment/decrement). Contactless readers are faster and easier to use than contact readers, virtually eliminating reader maintenance and card wear and tear.

The new HID MIFARE reader provides RS-232 connectivity to support read/write functionality. It also provides a Wiegand output that is compatible with most existing access control systems. Styling of the reader is similar to that of the HID Thinline II. The new reader will be available in gray, black, beige and white.

When there is a need to use both proximity and MIFARE technologies simultaneously, the HID Proximity and MIFARE card can be used with both proximity and MIFARE readers. HID also offers a standard MIFARE card. To simplify database management, HID can program a sector of the MIFARE card to match any HID proximity bit format currently in use. The merging of the two technologies is seamless to card holders.

The HID MIFARE Reader complies with the ISO 14443A standard, the international standard for contactless smart cards. It is compatible with all MIFARE-S50 compatible cards and integrates smoothly into access control and other smart card applications. A resource developer’s kit is also available. For more information on HID's new MIFARE reader, please visit HID’s website at www.HIDCorp.com.

MIFARE is a registered trademark of Philips Electronics N.V.

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