Smart Card Readers - An Essential Part of Every Smart Card System
Smart chip card readers are sophisticated devices with built-in intelligence. Smart card readers are found in PCs, Notebooks, Servers, smart phones, Set-Top-Boxes. Some readers come with integrated secure PIN pads, displays, or fingerprint sensors. This allows multi-factor authentication for secure logical access control. Combining smart cards with biometrics can make smart cards even more convenient and secure because instead of entering a PIN, a biometric credential is used to access the smart card system.
Here are some state-of-the-art smart card readers we are using in our projects:
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Examples of HID OMNIKEY Smart Card Readers
Smart card readers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Smart card readers are also known as card readers, smart card programmers, card terminals, card acceptance devices (CAD), or interface devices (IFD).
The most common smart card readers read ISO 7816 compliant cards. These are credit card-sized smart cards with contacts.
Smart card readers are used to read data from and write data to smartcards. Card readers can easily be integrated into a PC running Windows.
Desktop Smart Card Reader
Some computer systems come already equipped with a built-in smart card reader.
As contactless smart cards are being deployed in more places, smart card readers that support ISO 14443 and ISO 15693 contactless cards are becoming more prevalent.
|Smart card readers will soon be an integral part of any standard PC. However, currently you still need to connect a reader as peripheral device – CCID compliant I/O over USB port is the most commonly used connection.|
USB CCID Smart Card Reader for
Smart card readers are used as smart card programmers to configure and personalize integrated circuit cards.
This means that not only CPU-based smart cards, but also simple memory cards, can be programmed using a smart card reader.
(Of course, the card reader must support the appropriate protocol such as the asynchronous T=0, T=1 or synchronous I2C protocols.)
Dual interface Smart Card Reader contact and contactless cards
Smart card readers can also be found in the form of a USB dongle – a great way to develop a hardware token and deploy reader and card in one device.
USB dongles are also frequently used with GSM phones containing a SIM smart card. Phone numbers can be edited on a PC using a USB smart card dongle.
Smart Card USB dongle –
Smart card readers can also write to smart cards. So, when someone talks about a smart card reader they really mean a smart card reader/writer.
Certain cardreaders already come with advanced security features such as secure PIN entry, secure display or even integrated fingerprint scanners for the next-generation of multi-layer security and three-factor authentication.
PC-link Smart Card Reader
for secure PIN entry
|Smart card readers are also available as chipsets for reader integration on board level into embedded systems such as intelligent printers, USB dongles, smart card encoders for card printers.|
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