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 specialized products and solutions and helps to introduce them to a wider market. The items below highlight new products and developments in our range.

2010.11.28 - The ACOS3-64 from ACS

The highly secure ACOS3-64 from ACS is backwards-compatible with ACOS2 and other ACOS3 cards, has 64K bytes of EEPROM memory, supports 3 volt operation and PPS speed negotiation. The high degree of security and large memory size makes this card suitable for a wide range of applications, especially when used alongside the ACOS6 Security Authentication Module (SAM).

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2010.11.12 - SIM reader with built in flash memory from ACS

The ACR100 from ACS is a USB 2.0 device incorporating both a SIM-sized smartcard reader and 1GB of on board flash memory that acts as a normal flash drive. The reader can be used in a wide variety of applications such as GSM, PKI, electronic payment and home banking.

Since software can be installed onto the reader's built-in flash memory this device is an ideal carrier for portable applications. This feature also makes the available SDK a highly attractive option to developers, allowing users to program applications compatible to the ACR100 SIM-sized smartcard reader.

Read more about the ACR 100 and the ACR 100 SDK.

2010.10.24 - An expanding range of NFC labels and tags

In a continued effort to supply an innovative range of contactless and NFC tags and labels, Smartcard Focus has introduced several contactless products to their range. Amongst these are the MIFARE 1k Metal surface tag, the MIFARE Ultralight tag and the MIFARE 1k tag.

MIFARE Ultralight tag
The MIFARE Ultralight chip from NXP in miniature self-adhesive tag format. Containing 64 bytes of usable read/write memory, this tag is only 25mm x 15mm x 1mm. Due to its size and self-adhesive finish this tag is ideal for tagging items or use with NFC posters and marketing material.

Read more about the MIFARE Ultralight tag.

MIFARE 1k Metal surface tag
This MIFARE 1k tag allows the application of MIFARE technology to metal surfaces. Although larger than other tags the metal surface tag is designed to be durable with its specially designed shielding allowing use from up to 10cm without interference from metal.

Read more about the MIFARE 1k Metal surface tag.

See the full range of NFC cards, labels and tags.

2010.10.19 - 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, maximizing flexibility whilst minimizing installation and maintenance costs.

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2010.10.15 - Smartcard Focus offers off-the-shelf 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.

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