Read-a-Card Omnikey keyboard wedge kit


Read-a-Card Omnikey keyboard wedge kit
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PC-based MIFARE, DESFire and iClass reading solution

This package is designed to help with the easy integration of MIFARE Classic, Ultralight, DESFire and iClass technology cards into new or existing systems.
  • Registering new cards for your access control system can be done quickly & without error.
  • Systems that currently rely on barcode scanners can easily be migrated to contactless RFID technology.
  • Door access cards can be used in additional applications, such as: secure printing, cafeteria and machine vending, manufacturing process control & loyalty.
Using the USB card reader, the Read-a-Card software retrieves the card's data (including the UID/CSN and other stored data) which can then be logged to a file, or automatically sent to other software applications using various methods (including simulating typed keyboard entry, commonly known as 'keyboard wedge' functionality).

Advanced features include secure MIFARE sector and DESFire file reading and decoding, web application integration, NFC and custom format reading and data manipulation.

Read-a-Card can also work with several card readers at the same time, identifying & logging the reader serial number alongside the details of the RFID card being read.

Read-a-Card runs on a Windows PC. The kit includes the Omnikey 5021 CL USB smartcard reader with matching Read-a-Card e-license. The Read-a-Card software is licensed to be used on any PC to which the supplied reader is directly connected.

The Omnikey 5021 CL is a 13.56 MHz contactless smartcard reader that complies with ISO 14443 A&B as well as ISO 15693. This reader is suitable for MIFARE (including MIFARE Classic, Ultralight and DESFire) and iClass cards.

With this package you can:
  • View a contactless smartcard's unique ID and automatically insert it into text input fields.
  • Automatically launch software applications and/or custom URLs for each card read.
  • Identify the type of card being read.
  • Read HID iClass IDs (UID & credentials).
  • Read and display MIFARE IDs (CSN) in hex, decimal and reverse decimal formats.
  • Read data from MIFARE Classic sectors, MIFARE Ultralight and DESFire files
  • Use a security SAM to store relevant access keys (an added cost option)
  • Insert a custom prefix and suffix (including emulated key stokes) when performing 'keyboard wedge' functions.
  • De-duplicate repeated identical card reads.
  • Read NDEF smart poster data from NFC cards and tags
Additional developer features include:
  • Windows messaging API for integration with other desktop apps.
  • Built in web server for browser integration using JavaScript.
  • Plug-in architecture for further extensions.
Read-a-Card provides the ability to decode customer-specific card data formats stored in MIFARE, DESFire and iClass cards, through the use of software templates or hardware security modules (SAMs) for holding encryption keys and other sensitive data. Using this mechanism, Read-a-Card enables the reading of customised formats and returns the relevant card data to other applications using its built-in keyboard wedge, file logging or direct integration APIs, without exposing the encoding scheme security data.

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Read-a-Card is compatible with a wide range of contactless readers from different manufacturers, and can be used to identify different RFID cards and tags, test reader functionality and to enable the use of multiple readers on a single PC.

Depending on the reader used, Read-a-Card can:
  • View a contactless smartcard's unique ID and automatically insert it into text input fields
  • Insert a custom prefix and suffix when performing RFID 'keyboard wedge' functions
  • Read and display MIFARE and DESFire card serial numbers (CSN) in hex and decimal and reverse decimal formats
  • Read HID iClass & Prox card IDs, with appropriate readers (including Corporate 1000)
  • Read MIFARE sectors, DESFire application files, and other data, optionally using a SAM for secure key storage
  • Work with multiple readers with the ability to detect and log unique reader IDs
  • Automatically log card IDs to file, with time stamp and reader ID
  • De-duplicate repeated card reads
  • Decode NFC tags and smart poster data
  • Automatically launch software applications and/or custom URLs on each card read
Additional developer features include:
  • Full integration with other software using Windows messaging API
  • Read-a-Card web server for kiosk integration
  • Plug-in capabilities to add any further functionality
Read-a-Card also provides the ability to decode customer-specific card numbering formats stored on either MIFARE, DESFire or iClass cards, through the use of software plug-ins and hardware security modules (SAMs) for holding keys and other sensitive data. Using this mechanism, Read-a-Card can be enhanced to be able to read a site-specific format and return the relevant card ID data to other applications using its built-in keyboard wedge, file logging or direct integration APIs, without exposing the encoding scheme security data.

For screenshots and full details on developer features please visit www.read-a-card.com

Read-a-Card has been tested to work with various readers that conform to the PC/SC 2.0 standard. Below is a table showing the tested readers and their compatibility to different card types:

MIFARE series I-Code 2 iClass HID Prox Topaz Felica
32-bit or 56-bit chip serial number 5 Chip serial number Chip serial number or iClass card number 7 Prox card number Chip serial number Chip serial number
Sony RC-S330 2
RC-S320 2
No No No No No Yes
Gemini 2000 GemTAG x1010IP Yes No No No No No
Cherry Smartboard Twin G83-6675 2 Yes No No No No No
SCM iCloud 4700F
SCL010
SCL011
SCL3711
SCM3712 Module NFC
Yes No No No Yes 1 Yes 1
SDI010 3
SDI011
Yes No No No No No
ACS 2 ACR128U Yes No No No No No
ACR122U
ACR122T
ACR122S
ACR122L
ACR1222L
ACR1281U
ACR1252
Yes No No No Yes 1 Yes 1
ACR120S Yes 1 No No No No No
ACR120U Yes No No No No No
Omnikey 5021 CL
5321 V2
5321 CL
5321 CL SAM
5321 CR
6321
Yes Yes Yes No No No
5321 CLi No No Yes No No No
5325
5325 CL
No No No Yes No No
Gemalto IDBridge CL3000 (Prox DU)
IDBridge CL300 (Prox SU)
Yes No No No No No


1 Cannot determine card type but can read card ID.

2 No unique reader ID exists for this reader.

3 Firmware version 7 or higher required.

4 The NFC phones we have tested with are the Nokia 6131 and the Nexus S. The Nexus S by default will give a random ID for each time it is read.

5 The MIFARE cards we have tested with are 1K, 4K, Ultralight, Ultralight C, DESFire 4K, DESFire 8K EV1 and MIFARE Plus.

6 We have tested selected payWave cards from the UK and US.

7 Can read standard iClass formats including 26-bit, 32-bit, 37-bit and Corporate 1000. iClass Elite keys and custom formats are not supported by default.


Read-a-Card is available in 4 licensing options. Below is a table showing which licensing option is available for each tested reader.

Embedded license 1
(Read-a-Card inside)
e-license 2 SAM license Contactless license
Sony RC-S330
RC-S320
No No No No
Gemini 2000 GemTAG x1010IP No No No Yes
Cherry Smartboard Twin G83-6675 No No No Yes
SCM SCL3711
SCL010
SCL011
SCM3712 Module NFC
SDI010
SDI011
No Yes No Yes
ACS ACR128U
ACR1222L
No No Yes Yes
ACR122U
ACR122T
ACR122S
ACR122L
ACR120S
ACR120U
ACR1281U
ACR1252
No No No Yes
Omnikey 3 5321 V2
5321 CL
5321 CR
Yes Yes No Yes
5321 CL SAM Yes Yes Yes Yes
5321 CLi
5325
5325 CL
Yes Yes No No
5021 CL No Yes No Yes
Gemalto Prox DU No Yes No Yes
Prox SU No Yes Yes Yes


1 Embedded licenses are pre-installed in the reader prior to shipping, and are signified by a 'Read-a-Card inside' sticker.

2 e-licenses are issued as a file, for customers that already have a suitable reader and can supply its serial number. If supported, Read-a-Card will automatically offer to embed the e-license in the associated reader.

3 The latest Omnikey drivers must be installed when using an embedded or e-license.



Manufacturer: Read-a-Card

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