Contactless Smart (RFID) Cards
Contactless smart cards use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to wirelessly interact with a reader. A copper or aluminum antenna is linked to a chip and then laminated inside the PVC card body . Contactless smart cards vary from basic memory cards with low security and memory up to high security processor cards and Java / Native operating system (OS) cards. We use PVC and PET material that allows us to produce the thinnest ISO contactless smart cards.
RFID is a technology that increases productivity and convenience and is currently being integrated into many areas of life. RFID is flexible and the variety of standards and tokens available allows it to be tailored to any application . The technology also offers additional benefits such as lower retainment cost and longer product lifetime.
RFID Cards are widely used in transportation, retail, payment, hotels, access control and identification, where secure and fast transactions are required.
Contactless smart cards are available in three frequency ranges
125kHz Low Frequency Cards (LF)
Low frequency RFID Cards mostly called “Proximity Cards” are usually used in identification and access control applications. LF cards have lower read range and communication speeds than other RFID Card types and the most common chips offer low-cost and low-security solutions where a simple UID or identification key is required.
EM4100 / EM4200: Simple read-only chip with 128 bit factory programmed UID used in access control, anti-counterfeiting and logistics.
EM4450 / EM4550: Read/Write chip with 1Kbit EEPROM and password protection used in ticketing, access control and prepayment devices.
ATA5577 / T5577: Read/write chip with 363bit EEPROM and write protection, used in access control, hotel keycards, logistics and gaming.
Hitag 1: Read/Write chip with 2Kbit EEPROM used in logistics, asset tracking, industrial ID and automation.
Hitag 2: Read/Write chip with protected 256bit EEPROM and multi-tag operability used in logistics, asset tracking, casino gaming and industrial automation.
13.56MHz High Frequency Cards (HF)
High frequency is the most diverse category of contactless and RFID smart card and is used as ID cards, access control, payments and loyalty cards, transport and ticketing. 13.56Mhz HF cards are complied by ISO/IEC 14443A/B or ISO/IEC 15693 standards and range from simple fixed memory to high security Java and PKI processor cards.
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NXP MIFARE Ultralight EV1: MIFARE chip with 64byte EEPROM, 32bit user definable OTP area and 7-byte UID.
NXP MIFARE Classic EV1 1k: Original MIFARE chip with 1024byte EEPROM and 4-byte / 7-byte UID.
NXP MIFARE Classic 4k: Original MIFARE chip with 4096byte EEPROM and 4-byte / 7-byte UID.
MIFARE Plus: Based on the same file structure as MIFARE Classic 1k and 4k but Plus gives users the option to use much more secure AES-128 authentication.
MIFARE DESFire: DESFire provides a highly secure microcontroller-based IC that comes preloaded with NXP’s proprietary DESFire operating system, allowing users to take advantage of an on-chip directory structure that can hold up to 28 different applications and 32 files per application.
Icode SLI: ISO 15693 chip with 1024bit EEPROM and password protected read/write.
NTAG213 / 215 / 216: NFC Forum Type 2 tag with 180byte / 540byte / 924byte memory
850-960Mhz Ultra High Frequency Cards (UHF)
UHF follows the EPCglobal Gen2 standard and uses the 850—960Mhz frequency band to provide long-range data transfer (up to 10m) compared to LF or HF cards. UHF labels and tags are used extensively in warehousing and product tracking while UHF cards are popular choice for location and attendance tracking applications.
Alien Higgs 3: EPC Class1 Gen2 chip with 96—480bit EPC memory, 512bit user memory and 64bit UTID with memory read protection.
Alien Higgs 4: EPC Class1 Gen2 chip with 128bit EPC memory, 128bit user memory and 64bit UTID with memory read protection and pre-encoded with unalterable enterprise-wide serialization scheme.
Impinj Monza R6: EPC Class1 Gen2 chip with 96bit EPC memory and 48bit serialized TID.