A smart card solution for access control from Cardax

July '99 Access Control & Identity Management

Demand is increasing for smart card solutions. Smart cards are the latest development in card technology offering two key benefits over established card technologies:

• the ability to include multi-purpose applications on a single card, and

• the ability to process data on a card.

Now Cardax has launched its own range of smart card solutions for access control including the Cardax Smart Card Reader, the Cardax Smart Card Encoder, Encoder WF (Cardax Smart Card encoding software), and Cardax Smart Cards.

“The key advantage for our customers who want access control on a smart card is their ability to include other smart card applications on the same card,” says John Dumelow, Cardax Account Manager for New Zealand.

Cardax chose Philips Semiconductors contactless Mifare® technology to provide the platform for its Smart Card range. “We chose Mifare® after researching the market,” says John. “Mifare® was a clear market leader with a well established customer base. It sets the standard for smart card technology.”

“This means businesses which have existing Mifare® smart cards in circulation can extend their use to include access control. They can encode their cards with the Cardax Smart Card Encoder and then use their cards at Cardax Smart Card Readers,” says John. “What’s more, because the access control data is in standard Weigand data formats, in many cases they will be compatible with existing access control head end systems.”

For businesses that are introducing smart cards through their Cardax access control system, data for other smart card applications can be stored on their Cardax Smart Cards.

“The standard Mifare® chip we have included in our Cardax Smart Card supports the Mifare® Application Directory with 15 sectors available for smart card applications,” says John. “Combined with the card’s ability to process data, it makes it an attractive proposition for many businesses which only want to invest in a single card type for multi-purpose applications.” Both pre-printed and printable cards are available from Cardax.

The access control features of the Cardax Smart Card range include enhanced security. This is achieved through an extra routine between the Cardax Smart Card Reader and the Cardax Smart Card. Once the card has been passed across the face of the reader it becomes activated, requiring a ‘key’ to confirm that the data on the card can be released. The Cardax Smart Card Reader has been programmed with the ‘key’ and once the card data is transmitted the normal access criteria routine takes over.

Cardax has established a strong reputation for its aesthetically pleasing range of readers and this has been extended to include the Cardax Smart Card Reader. Available in Cool Grey and Charcoal, the Cardax Smart Card Reader is distinguished by the Cardax Smart Card logo. The reader has a user friendly interface which includes illuminated access symbols with audio feedback to indicate entry granted or access denied. The reader also has a processing unit which is designed to be recessed behind the wall.

The Cardax Smart Card Encoder is a compact and operator friendly unit that connects directly to a PC. It uses Encoder WF software to encode Cardax Smart Cards. Residing on the Microsoft® Windows® 95 operating system, Encoder WF includes full operator security functions that provide password protected operations to every part of the software. Selected operators can have fully definable yet suitably restricted access.

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Facial access control for ministry
Issue 1 2020, ZKTeco , Access Control & Identity Management
The Ministry of Culture in Saudi Arabia has adopted ZKTeco’s facial recognition technology and fingerprint biometrics to manage access control into its building.

New Door Pilot app from dormakaba
Issue 1 2020, dormakaba South Africa , Access Control & Identity Management
With new dormakaba Door Pilot, automated doors can also now be operated on the basis of remote control technologies. The system, comprising the Door Pilot app for smartphones and a Wi-Fi interface for ...

Identity lifestyle
Issue 1 2020, Suprema , Access Control & Identity Management
Once the technology of the future, biometrics has quietly snuck into our daily lives through smartphones and access controls into our places of work.

Securing BP’s new head office
Issue 1 2020, ISF SFP , Access Control & Identity Management
ISF SFP was awarded the contract to secure the first development phase for Oxford Parks, the new head office for BP South Africa.

Combining aesthetics and access control
Issue 1 2020, Turnstar Systems , Access Control & Identity Management
Prestigious law firm Bowman Gilfillan recently upgraded its physical security with the addition of four Turnstar Speedgate Express access control lanes.

Video doorbells from Ring
Issue 1 2020 , Access Control & Identity Management
Ring has a number of video doorbells available in South Africa that run off batteries or power and enable users to answer their doors from anywhere.

Centurion to unveil new product
Issue 1 2020, Centurion Systems , Access Control & Identity Management
Centurion Systems will be hosting its third Access Automation Expo this year, with dates confirmed for Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Looking ahead with mobile access technologies
Access & Identity Management Handbook 2020, Technews Publishing, HID Global, dormakaba South Africa, Salto Systems Africa, Suprema, Gallagher , Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
Given the broad use of smartphones around the world and the numerous technologies packed into these devices, it was only a matter of time before the access control industry developed technology that would ...

Mobile access is more secure than card systems
Access & Identity Management Handbook 2020 , Access Control & Identity Management
The ability to use mobile phones as access credentials is one of the biggest trends in a market that historically has been slow in adopting new technology.

This is the future. This is what we do.
Access & Identity Management Handbook 2020, ZKTeco , Access Control & Identity Management
ZKTeco has created a unique range of visible light facial recognition products combined with a flexible Android platform.