Understanding smart cards – Smart cards undoubtedly provide numerous benefits over traditional mag strip and prox cards. But getting understanding the benefits can be a challenge. Allegion has a ready-to-go presentation to help your customers understand the technology and to answer their questions and concerns about smart cards. Learn More
Proximity readers and cards have been on the market for over 25 years. As the first contactless card that can be “read” without inserting or creating contact with a reader, proximity cards advanced credentials forward significantly.
However, proximity cards are not without their limitations. Namely, storage and security. The storage on proximity cards is limited to the card number alone—making it functional for only one purpose. Additionally, proximity technology is highly susceptible to counterfeits and duplication.
Smart card technology solves both issues.
- Storage: There are multiple sectors on a smart card, allowing for storage of several different types of applications, including access control, POS, computer access, data storage and cashless vending. Smart cards can be used for multiple purposes and are 100 times faster than proximity credentials.
- Security: With advanced data encryption, duplication is nearly impossible. As an added level of security, smart technology requires mutual authentication—between the card and reader.
Making the transition
It’s fairly simple to transition to smart cards on existing systems. Allegion’s aptiQ™ Multi-Technology Readers allow companies to move at their own pace because they read both 125 kHz proximity and 13.56 MHz contactless smart cards in a single unit. Even more, Allegion’s aptiQ readers are very easy to install or replace with a quick-connect design that uses standard wiring.
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Are you looking for another option for your proximity cards?
Now, you have one – XceedID.
XceedID is now offering a 35-bit, 125 kHz proximity card that is completely compatible with HID readers. In addition, it complies with the format of existing Corporate 1000 accounts. That means, Corporate 1000 customers can take advantage of the highly durable XceedID proximity cards with the confidence that XceedID will maintain a duplicate-free, fully tracked set of card numbers.
If you would like to learn more about this exciting new proximity card offering from XceedID, please give us a call at (317) 488-1030.