Read-a-Card software: e-license


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Electronic Read-a-Card software license for serialised devices

Read-a-Card is a software utility that runs on a Windows PC and reads information from many types of contactless cards and tags. For instance, unique chip IDs and securely encoded card numbers can be read and logged to file, and automatically sent to other software or web applications using many different methods, including simply 'typing' the card ID (sometimes known as a 'keyboard wedge').

You will also need a compatible contactless smartcard reader that has a unique electronic serial number. Depending on the make and model of reader used, Read-a-Card can identify, read and decode many popular card technologies, including MIFARE Ultralight, MIFARE Classic, DESFire, iClass and/or HID Prox card numbers.

Note – this Read-a-Card e-license is most suitable if you have already purchased a compatible reader and wish to upgrade electronically. The reader must have a recognised unique electronic ID, which you can check by using the trial version of Read-a-Card. The software can be installed on any number of PCs but the specified reader must be connected when Read-a-Card is in use.

Please include your electronic reader ID in the ‘special instructions’ box during the checkout process, and we will send your license and installation instructions by email once your order has been processed. Most Omnikey and Identiv contactless readers support Read-a-Card e-licensing. The electronic ID may not be the same as the printed serial number - please use the free trial software to check and obtain your reader ID.

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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. It can integrate with other software and systems using a variety of methods and techniques.

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 further details, screenshots, videos and developer documentation please visit www.read-a-card.com

Compatible readers
Read-a-Card works with most contactless 13.56MHz smartcard readers that conform to the PC/SC 2.01 standard, as well as some additional non-PC/SC readers and other specialist devices. Below is a list of those readers that have been specifically tested, but if you have a different model then please use the free trial version on the Read-a-Card web site to establish compatibility. Current/recommended models available from our online store are shown in bold:

Current and legacy ACS readers: ACR120S, ACR120U, ACR122U, ACR122T, ACR122S, ACR122L, ACR1222L, ACR1251U, ACR1252U, ACR1252U SAM, ACR1255U, ACR128U, ACR1281S-C1, ACR1281S-C8, ACR1281U-C1, ACR1281U-C8, ACM1252U-Y3, ACM1252U-Z2, ACM1281U-C7
Notes: Up to 10 ACR1255U readers can be connected simultaneously via Bluetooth, using the ACS driver/tools. The ACR1252U SAM supports SAM licensing.

Current and legacy Omnikey readers: 5021 CL, 5022 CL, 5023 CL, 5025 CL, 5121, 5127 CK Mini, 5321 V2, 5321 CL, 5321 CL SAM, 5321 CR, 5325, 5325 CL, 5421, 5422, 5427 CK, 6321
Notes: All Omnikey readers support e-licensing apart from 5025 CL. Legacy iClass reading is supported on the 5021 CL only (plus previous 5321 models). Non-legacy iClass SE and Seos card reading is not currently supported, and will require an Omnikey 5023 when released.

Current and legacy SCM/Identiv readers: SCL010, SCL011, SCL3711, SCM3712, SDI010, SDI011, uTrust/Cloud 3700F, 4700F, 4701F, 4711F

Current and legacy Sony readers: RC-S320, RC-S330, RC-S380

Legacy Gemalto readers: IDBridge CL3000 (Prox DU), IDBridge CL300 (Prox SU)

Legacy Gemini 2000 readers: GemTAG x1010IP

Legacy Cherry readers: Smartboard Twin G83-6675



Manufacturer: Read-a-Card

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