Product News
Smartcard Focus is constantly updating and adding to its product range. As well as representing several major manufacturers from within the world-wide smartcard industry, our product team searches out the more specialised products and solutions and helps to introduce them to a wider market. The items below highlight new products and developments in our range:


2008.08.22 - Revolutionary 'single door' access solutions

As well as stocking HID's Crescendo cards and Crescendo Evaluation Kit, Smartcard Focus has recently introduced several HID door access products. The self contained Edge Solo control unit is powered over Ethernet (PoE) and enables remote management and report generation via a standard web browser. Access rights, user information, administration, door configuration and retrieval of events are managed through the embedded web interface with no additional software required.

Unlike most other access control systems, Edge Solo provides fully distributed intelligence and decision making at the door, maximising flexibility whilst minimising installation and maintenance costs.

Relevant products: Single door access systems



2008.08.13 - Smartcard Focus offers new contactless card integration software

Read-a-Card is a software utility created for Smartcard Focus that allows users to easily view a contactless smartcard's unique ID and automatically insert it into text input fields on other applications. The software even allows for the recording of time stamps when a card is presented offering opportunities for event logging in applications such as time recording and access functions.

Users can implement Read-a-Card within projects and developments, or as a stand alone tool alongside their work, helping with the easy integration of RFID technology into new or existing systems. Read-a-Card is an ideal utility for anyone developing or implementing contactless technology.

Smartcard Focus is also offering a free trial of the software with the purchase of any compatible contactless reader.

Relevant products: Click here



2008.08.11 - Out-of-the-box, standards-compliant support for dozens of logical access applications

The Crescendo series of smartcards specialise in logical and physical access control by incorporating HID's iClass and Proximity or MIFARE and Proximity technologies with an integrated cryptographic contact chip. By combining logical and physical access control in a single card the Crescendo C700 series reduces card management costs and increases user convenience.

As well as supplying the cards themselves Smartcard Focus have created a Crescendo start-up guide to help users set up Microsoft Windows Smartcard authentication, emphasising the main tasks required in enabling and running a secure two-factor authentication system. This is included in the Crescendo Evaluation kit which also contains the relevant drivers and Crypto Service Provider (CSP) software, helping to create a usable and easily understandable package for Crescendo implementation.

Read more about the Crescendo card.

Read more about the Crescendo Evaluation Kit.





2008.08.01 - The world's first NFC reader compliant to CCID standards

The ACR122 is unique in its ability to follow both ISO 14443 and ISO 18092 standards whilst being CCID compliant. The modern, light weight contactless reader supports both MIFARE and ISO 14443 A/B cards as well as FeliCa and NFC tags, making it excellent value and a highly desirable NFC reader.

Full product details: ACR122U



2008.07.01 - A new highly secure combined technology reader from ACS

The ACR128 is a dual interface USB PC-linked reader combining contact and contactless smartcard interfaces, employing a built-in SAM card slot to ensure added security. These features enable a wide range of potential applications where high security and combined card interfaces are required.

The design process of the ACR128 has kept users in mind at every step by including landing contacts to minimise damage to cards and ensuring more reliable operations to allowing contactless cards to be detected even if inserted into the contact card slot. This well thought out design makes the reader easy to use in either a contact or contactless capacity and is an attractive addition to any combined use environment.

Full product details: ACR128



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