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Card reader family offers multi-protocol support

Posted: 24 Sep 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:contactless  card reader  identification  smart card 

Identive Group Inc. announces a family of multi-protocol card readers based on LEGIC Identsystems AG's advant 4000 reader IC technology. The readers work many smart card formats to support multiple applications as more and more devices use a single smart ID card to perform many functions.

Applications include secure access to networks and shared office equipment, ID credential authentication, cashless payment, loyalty and others. Identive's LEGIC product family includes a desktop reader, reader modules for easy integration with vending machines, kiosks and production lines, as well as a small-profile reader module for integration into handheld terminals.

Together with the advant 4000 chip technology, the readers offer backward compatibility to smart cards using LEGIC prime technology, full compliance to smart ID and access card standards including ISO14443 and ISO15693, and interoperability with other chip and card technology such as NXP Semiconductors' MIFARE family and Sony's FeliCa.

Identive's new LEGIC readers offer a variety of host interface options including UART/TTL, RS232 and USB to support a broad array of applications and use cases. Fixed and mobile device reader modules are available now and a desktop version allowing chip initialisation, card issuance and application management will be introduced later this month.

To further simplify the contactless chip access process and support application development on the readers, Identive is also developing an easy to use "EasyLegic" command set that will be made available later this year.





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