Irvine, CA and Walluf, Germany (September 12, 2005) – OMNIKEY, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, has optimized the performance of the CardMan 5121 to support read / write capability with iCLASS cards from HID Corporation.
The CardMan 5121 is an economical PC-linked desktop reader that helps end-users to experience the convenience, speed, and security of iCLASS 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology for desktop applications including log-on to Windows®, networks, and websites, as well as the secure storage of user names, passwords, and personal information.
Using HID’s iCLASS technology, users can read the unique serial number from their iCLASS card and can read/write to the non-HID application area. The read/write feature allows users to store passwords and other data associated with the implementation of logical access. Information can be securely encrypted and stored on the iCLASS card and then submitted automatically for use with the appropriate applications. Users simply need to present their iCLASS card to the CardMan 5121 smart card reader to unlock the power of their iCLASS card!
For end-users who currently use iCLASS contactless smart cards for building access, as a corporate or student ID, or for transit or cashless vending applications, the CardMan 5121 is the ideal solution for securing access to Windows and the Internet.
“iCLASS was designed to provide our customers with the ability to manage multiple applications with a single, highly-secure card”, says Denis Hébert, president of HID. “Our development partnership with OMNIKEY supports this goal by offering end-users an economical and secure means to implement log-on to Windows and other related PC applications.”
Kurt Schmid, CEO of OMNIKEY, adds that “OMNIKEY is pleased to support both iCLASS and HID proximity cards at the desktop. With over 200 million HID cards in use today, it only makes good sense to help users extend the use of their card from the doorway to the desktop.”
Don’t wait; extend the use of your iCLASS card to your desktop today!
OMNIKEY, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, offers the most diversified product portfolio available on the market today. Having established a tight collaboration with key decision makers in the card manufacturing and software industries, OMNIKEY sits at the table of innovation. OMNIKEY’s smart card readers for PCs can be utilized by any application including logical access control, digital signature, GSM authentication, secure banking and online transactions, loyalty programs, and healthcare solutions.
OMNIKEY, headquartered in Walluf, near Wiesbaden (Germany), is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG). OMNIKEY´s North American headquarters reside in Irvine, California with technical support in Atlanta, Georgia. The Asia Pacific operation is located in Hong Kong. Design, production management, and quality control of OMNIKEY’s products are carried out in the company’s two R&D centers in Linz, Austria and Erfurt, Germany. OMNIKEY readers are distributed worldwide through a global network of partners, including value added resellers, system integrators, and OEMs. For further information, please go to www.omnikey.com.