HID Expands Line of Contactless Smart Card Readers with MIFARE® Reader/Writer

Irvine, CA (May 15, 2001) HID Corporation announced a new version of its MIFARE Contactless Smart Card Reader, available July 30. The MIFARE Reader now has read/write capability, allowing users to develop PC or micro controller applications that can store and retrieve value or data on the card. A second communication port provides RS-232 connectivity to support read/write capability. A software developer's kit will be available 4th quarter 2001.

The new reader also provides Wiegand output in most OEM data formats for compatibility with existing access control systems, and HID is now offering MIFARE cards pre-encoded with Wiegand-formatted data.

The 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 smart card applications. Easily installed, the reader's rugged design ensures reliable performance in a wide range of environments, indoor or outdoor.

"Every study on the use of smart cards shows significant market growth," said Debra Spitler, HID Executive Director of Marketing. "For example, Philips plans to manufacture 100 million MIFARE modules this year. HID's MIFARE Contactless Smart Card Reader/Writer fits seamlessly with new or existing MIFARE- based systems, in applications as wide-ranging as access control, cashless vending, loyalty schemes and toll road billing."