HID Expands Line of Smart Card Products with New Contactless Technology Cards

Orlando, FL (September 11, 2000) Access control systems using HID cards and readers just got smarter. HID Corporation today announced the introduction of the MIFARE series of smart cards at the annual American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) Conference. HID's cards are MIFARE compliant and come equipped with a wealth of features, including securely separated files for complex applications, mutual authentication, data encryption and electronic purse functions.

According to the Smart Card Industry Association, the smart card identity/access market has boomed by 280 percent since 1996 and accounts for 300 million of the 2.8 billion cards expected to be sold in 2000. 1 As the world leader in card access technology, HID has equipped the new cards for security control as well as diverse applications such as e-commerce, public transportation, toll road, airline ticketing and medical record acquisition.

The HID MIFARE card features a 13.56 MHz operating frequency, 10-cm read-range, transaction time of less than 100 ms, and 1 Kbyte memory to ensure high-security, high-speed communication. The HID Proximity and MIFARE card includes these properties as well as a 125 kHz operating frequency, permitting interoperability with all existing HID readers, which allows users to employ these cards as they would HID proximity cards. Additional options include contact smart module embedding, external card numbering, magnetic stripe, slot punch and custom graphics.

"The new MIFARE products represent a substantial investment in research and development that will provide the industry with a range of feature-rich, high-security products for various commercial and private applications," said Steve Wagner, Vice- President of Business Development for HID. "Customers can rest assured that these multi-application cards come from the same proven source they looked to for card-based security solutions."

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

1 Smart Card Industry Association. "KNOWLEDGE a Base.