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The ACR1281 dual interface USB smartcard reader from ACS is the second generation of the ACR128 reader featuring improved performance and firmware upgradability.

The ACR1281 is compliant to ISO 7816 for contact smartcards as well as ISO 14443 for contactless cards, enabling the user to integrate separate and independent contact and contactless technologies into one device. The reader is equipped with an internal SAM-slot to enable secure transactions in both contact and contactless applications. The sleek housing of the ACR1281 has been designed to detect a contactless card even if it is inserted in the contact card slot.

The ACR1281 DualBoost smartcard reader is PC/SC compliant for both contact and contactless interfaces and supports high-speed communication for contactless cards (max. 848 kbps).

The ACR1281 is backwards compatible with the ACR128.

Now includes a FREE trial copy of 'Read-a-Card', the contactless card ID reading application, exclusive to Smartcard Focus.


1 Year Manufacturers Warranty

Standards and Certifications
ISO-7816 1-3 (contact card reader)
ISO14443 1-4 (contactless card reader)
PC/SC 2.01

Technical Specifications:
Connection methodUSB
Supplied voltageRegulated 5V DC
Supplied current200mA (operating); 50mA (standby)
Operating Distance<= 50 mm
Operating Frequencies for PICC13.56 MHz
Operating Frequency for ICC and SAM3.58 MHz
Operating System SupportWindows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7

User-controllable monotone buzzer
Two User Controllable LEDS
Supports Multi-Block Transfer Mode
High-speed communication (e.g. 424 kbps, 848 kbps)
Support Major ISO14443 Type A/ B cards
Native T=CL support for ISO14443-4
T=CL emulation for MIFARE Classic PICCs., e.g. MIFARE 1K, 4K, Mini and Ultralight
Durable landing-typed Smart Card connector
Built-in SAM card slot
Support major ISO7816 cards
Built-in Antenna

SDK CD-ROM Contains:

(When purchased as part of an SDK)
Software driversSupports Windows2000, XP, 2003, and VISTA
Demo programsACR128 Multi-Application demo - shows a real world business application.
Utility ToolsACR128 Tool enables users to perform reader and contactless card (ISO 14443 Type A & B, MIFARE) related commands
ACS Card Tool allows users to send commands from a PC/SC compliant smart card reader to an ISO7816 compliant smartcard
ACS QuickView - checks for proper driver installation
ACS Easy Key helps to change MIFARE security settings
Sample CodesDemonstrates basic commands used to communicate with the ACR128 reader and the smart cards
Visual Basic 6, Visual C++ 6, Visual C++ 2005 (x64), Delphi 7, VB.NET 2005, Visual C# 2005
Reference ManualsEasy to use reference manuals to help with the development process
Technical SpecificationsIncludes detailed technical specifications of all the contained products
Firmware upgradable

Manufacturer: ACS

Connection Method: USB

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