CardLogix Credentsys™ PIV II Card

CardLogix Credentsys™ PIV II Card

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CardLogix Credentsys™ PIV Card is a secure contact PIV card series built on Common Criteria EAL 5+ certified silicon, ready to be used in multi-use enterprise security environments. CardLogix’ Credentsys PIV achieves high-security assurance with rapid electronic authentication that prevents identity theft and tampering. Obtain high-performance Java smart card technology powered by advanced 32-bit RISC processor cores with DES & PKI crypto acceleration at the most competitive prices.

For secure identity and access, the CardLogix FIPS 201 compliant PIV card meets the highest security standards for large enterprises to small businesses. The card provides instant, portable authentication for access to facilities and networks as well as digital signature, encryption, and other features and services. With dual interface capability, the card can be used with a wide range of access points and readers. The card is certified to comply with ISO 7816 and ISO 14443 standards for contact and contactless smart cards.

Powered by Java Card 2.2.1 OS with GlobalPlatform 2.1.1.,  Credentsys PIV offers a high level of built-in security with abnormal condition detection sensors to uncover changes in voltage, light, temperature, frequency, and other forms of tampering, such as glitch generation. All cryptographic key objects, PIN objects, and other sensitive data are stored in nonvolatile memory in an encrypted format. Integrity checks are performed on all critical system and data components prior to each access in order to detect tampering, allowing the Credentsys secure kernel to take defensive action. The memory protection unit is used for secure isolation of applications and OS code.

Receive your Credentsys Lite smart card in PVC, ABS, PET, or composite cards with multiple card add-on options such as a magnetic stripe, laser engraving, SAM / SIM punchouts, and many other security and printing features. Learn more about CardLogix’ smart card manufacturing services.


Flexible and Modular

The card enables virtually endless system expansion with open architecture and GlobalPlatform 2.1.1 specifications for post-issuance loading of applets. Interoperability via compliance with Java Card specifications supports applets from most third party vendors. In addition, custom applications can be developed independently from the card platform.

Optimized Card Life – Extended Memory Support For Data and Applications With 72k Bytes of user EEPROM, data storage and hosting of additional applets is not a problem. With the card’s open architecture and an onboard applet, the creation of custom data models is easy.

Secure Personalization

Cards support operations for loading cardholder-specific information via Secure Channel Operations, as specified by GlobalPlatform requirements. Safe, streamlined integration with most issuance systems is effortless, and proper security mechanisms used to load user credentials is assured.

On-Card Application Development

The most advanced applications are supported, ensuring return on investment. In addition to HSPD-12, Java Card, and GlobalPlatform specifications, the card supports garbage collection, multiple logical channels, and Security Domain extradition.

A Key Part of A Complete Smart Card Platform

The CardLogix FIPS 201 smart card is part of a platform that includes development and operating system software, as well as applets, readers, and graphic printing options. CardLogix combines all these resources to provide true end-to-end secure identity solutions.

  • 72k Bytes of user EEPROM
  • Credentsys-J™ supports many of the upcoming NSA Suite B algorithms
  • 32-bit RISC processor cores with DES, AES and PKI Crypto acceleration
  • Crypto library utliizing hardware crypto accelerators for 3DES, AES, RSA up to 2048 bits, and Digital Signature
  • Algorithmic operations


Java Card version 2.2.1
Global Platform version 2.1.1
Security evaluation and certificates Common criteria CC EAL5+
Supported Algorithms – RSA 2048 key generation
– AES encryption and decryption
– Digital Signature Algorithmic operations
– SHA1/SHA224/SHA256 hash algorithm
– 3DES (ECB,CBC) encryption and decryption
ECC-163, 233, 283
Security – Pseudo-Random Number Generator (PRNG)
– Dedicated hardware for protection
– against SPA/DPA/DEMA/SEMA attacks
– Velocity checking
– Advanced protection against physical attacks
– Environmental protection systems
– Voltage monitor
– Frequency monitor
– Temperature monitor
– Light protection
– Secure memory management/access protection (Supervisor Mode)
Secure Channel Protocol 1 (SCP01)
Communication Protocol ISO 7816 T=1, baud rates from 9600 to 650k and T=0 (default)
Power – Operating ranges from 2.7 V to 5.5 V
– Power-saving Wait and Very-Low-Power Stop modes
– Power-up detection


CardLogix is a full-service smart card manufacturer. Cards can be custom made from substrate and artwork preparation to chip initialization, personalization, and many other card options.

For a comprehensive list of our card offerings, see the CardLogix Smart Card Product Selection Guide

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Custom Card Options

CardLogix can build the card that’s right for your application(s). Card options include a variety of card technologies, security graphics, custom design and printing services, and card substrates. All CardLogix cards can be developed as hybrid cards with both a contact and contactless interface. They can be combined with additional card technologies such as CPU or memory chips, magnetic stripes, 1D/2D barcodes, and MRZs (Machine Readable Zones). Combination cards and hybrid cards expand application possibilities for an infinite number of ID card solutions. This versatility also enables the integration of newer card technologies into legacy readers and systems to protect existing technology investment and lifespan.

Card Technologies

Hybrid Cards – Combination Cards

Add a memory chip or UHF chip/ tag to your smart card for legacy applications, such as payments for catering, vending machines, parking, or transportation; or for physical access systems. CardLogix can provide many chip options, including HID Prox® and 1125mhz proximity. These chips use RFID, NFC, and UHF technologies that follow the ISO/IEC 14443, ISO 15693, and ISO 18092 standards. Add a contact chip card, such as one of CardLogix M.O.S.T. Card® C5 or C7 microprocessor chips, for applications that require a secure contact interface. Combine with a M.O.S.T. Card C6 or C8 microprocessor chip for highest-security, high-speed, contactless applications.

Magnetic Stripe

CardLogix offers a full lineup of magnetic stripe card (magstripe) options. Magnetic Stripes are a useful feature to add to your cards so that they continue to work with existing legacy card readers and software programs. Magstripes are a good option for Loyalty Card programs or Gift Card programs. CardLogix can pre-load custom data on the magnetic stripe or it can be customer-encoded. The magnetic stripe card works in conjunction with the promoter’s software in order to provide the cardholder with special offers, credit toward purchases, and marketing incentives. It s also used in building databases that help analyze buying habits of customers. This information is useful because retailers can better serve their customer base by stocking the products they are most interested in buying. It also has many more uses that offer a wealth of valuable marketing applications.

Magnetic stripe options:

  • 2trk & 3trk
  • LoCo (300oe), MidCo (2750oe), or HiCo (4000oe)
  • Stripe and card color options: black, white, gold, silver, red, brown, blue, green, and holographic


CardLogix can print sequential or custom numbered barcodes using barcodes such as 2D, PDF417, 3 of 9, HIBC, code 128, etc. Barcoding is a popular option that can be added to any card. Most modern retail cash register systems read barcodes at the checkout stand so this is the perfect and fastest way to gather information about customers and to see what they are buying. It is also a great way to manage memberships in facilities and operations that have many cards to flow in and out. Each card is capable of carrying a unique barcode on either the front or reverse side. Another advantage of an ID card with a barcode printed on it is that it can be scanned extremely quickly to identify the user.

Primary Card Artwork: Design & Printing

The same background artwork that you see on every card for a specific program? That’s the primary card artwork. The background artwork gets printed and embedded at the point of card manufacturing. As card layers are stacked together, so is your artwork.

CardLogix offers graphic design, artwork preparation, and consulting services for your primary card artwork. Send what you have, and we’ll do the rest.

Secondary Card Printing

This is what gets printed after your cards are in their final shape. Secondary printing usually involves variable data; that is, data that is different on each card. This includes serial numbers, photo IDs, cardholder data, and more.

Depending on the size of your project,  CardLogix can do this for you. Services include printing unique ID card numbers to each card, serialized laser engraving, and more.  For smaller runs or for applications that involve distributed, instant card issuance, we recommend purchasing one or more ID Card Printers with ID Card Printer Software, such as CardLogix’ Card Encoding Engine

Custom Security Graphics

Security graphics are usually applied to cards at the point of manufacture. They use very specific, high-end printing and engraving technologies that make cloning and fraud extremely difficult for perpetrators.

Signature panel

Customers have the option of including a signature panel on the reverse of the card or a digitally scanned signature on the front of the card. Adding a signature panel to your card gives makes it possible to add information on the card at a later time.

Embossing and Tipping

Tipping refers to coloring tip of the raised or embossed letters with certain colors to make the numbers or letters stand out from the card. Gold and silver colors are available.

Sequential Numbering

This option can be added to any card order to help in the identification of a card holder or special program that the number may be referencing.

Laser Engraving

Add your company logo or symbol to your card to increase security or brand awareness. You can also laser engrave a unique or sequential number and/or barcode.

Additional Graphic Options:

  • Full color offset printing
  • Silk-screen printing
  • Silver/Gold silk-screen printing background
  • Variable Data Printing, such as numbers, photos, PIN codes and other information that is unique to each card
  • Sequential Numbering

Additional Security Options:

  • Laser engraving/indenting
  • Guilloche and rosettes
  • Microprinting
  • Optically Variable Devices (OVDs) and holograms
  • Hidden Card Validator™ graphics with lens viewer
  • Ultraviolet (UV) ink
  • Watermark
  • SBumps
  • Holographic lamination

Other Security Graphics Options:

  • Numbering: Jet dot/ Thermal transfer/ Laser engrave
  • Many flood colors are available
  • Scratch Off Panels that reveal unique ID’s such as PIN number
  • Variety of card thickness
  • Plain and custom (such as company logo) Tyvek card sleeves
  • Card wallet book such as for passports and themed books for promotional purposes
  • Hole punch for ID clip necklaces
  • SIM punch and key tag punched
  • Card Surface: Matte/ gloss finish

Pre-Designed Security Graphics

These can be pre-printed on cards for purchases off-shelf, or they can be combined with other artwork.

CardLogix Holofoil Cards

CardLogix Holofoil Cards are a cost-effective and non-peelable alternative to holographic laminates for increasing a card’s physical security. The holofoils are embedded within the card substrate, providing a smooth surface with no damage to print heads. CardLogix Holofoil Cards can be purchased off-the-shelf with several designs to choose from, or they can be built to order with your custom designs.

CardLogix ReadyStart™ Secure Cards

ReadyStart Secure Cards are a family of pre-printed ultra-high resolution 2400 dpi security background plastic cards that enable a rapid start in the physical security, personalization and issuance of smart card and eID Credentials. ReadyStart Secure Cards are available off-the-shelf in many popular and industry-specific ID card designs. They significantly reduce the time and expense of custom graphic designing and card printing. Corresponding ReadyStart background templates can be found in CardLogix Card Encoding Engine™ Card Personalization software.

Card Substrate Options

CardLogix’ standard card is constructed with white, commercial grade PVC substrate and a mirror-mirror finish for use with desktop printers. Other, higher-end card substrates are available.

Commercial Grade Cards

Commercial Grade Cards are general purpose card bodies for applications such as loyalty and libraries. The majority of PVC cards in your wallet today are made with Commercial Grade substrates, and they are the most cost effective option.

PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)

PVC is the most widely used material for plastic cards, and has been used for photo IDs for more than 10 years. Low in cost, the smooth surface of photo quality PVC material accepts dyes for high quality ID image printing and is compatible with most laminate materials.

PET (Polyethylene terephthalate)

PET is a polyester material that was used for many years for the punch laminate style of IDs. It is a crystalline plastic and has higher heat resistance than PVC. Durable and resistant to moisture and chemical attack, the material is typically used as an outer laminate for PVC, composite and Teslin cards. PET is more expensive than PVC, and is generally used as part of a multi-part card construction.

Biodegradable Grade Cards

These eco-friendly, biodegradable cards are manufactured from corn and based on the (NatureWorks® PLA) material. They look and feel identical to traditional plastic PVC cards.

Precision Identity Grade Cards

Precision Identity Grade Cards should be used when dimensional tolerances are critical and when the cards will be printed with additional graphic imaging (such as an employee badge).

Government Certified Cards

Government Certified Cards are uniquely built to meet ongoing card body certifications and requirements for different governments. CardLogix can help you come through with the toughest cards certified today.

Molded ABS SIM Cards

Molded ABS SIM Cards are designed for the specific demands of the Telecommunication industry. These cards have a higher Vicat softening point, and are best suited for the high temperatures in mobile devices and are rarely handled by the consumer.

PC (Polycarbonate)

Polycarbonate is an extremely durable thermoplastic polymer resistant to high temperatures and impact. Used in items like DVDs and CDs, it is receptive to offset security printing. PC is not compatible with variable printing, such as resin transfer or dye diffusion. When constructed with a very thin transparent laser receptive layer, PC cards can be laser engraved with very high definition graphics. Cards can be assembled with RFID, IC and contactless technology. PC is more difficult to manufacture, and is more expensive to produce than PVC or composite cards. PC cards are primarily used with laser technology to produce black images/text. PC or PC composite cards are typically used for the longest life and/or highest security IDs.


About CardLogix Corporation

Corporate Profile

CardLogix is an ISO 9001:2015 certified smart card manufacturer, software developer, and the premier provider of smart card technology with a comprehensive line of SDKs and tools that enable easy and rapid development of high quality smart cards. Since 1998, CardLogix has supplied millions of cards and card components to over 42 countries around the world. As an expert in smart card and chip technology, card operating systemscard software, development tools, and middleware, CardLogix has continuously been at the forefront of smart card technology.

CardLogix’ Mission

CardLogix’ mission is to make highly secure, high quality smart card systems more widely available to customers in need. CardLogix strives to make data transactions more secure, personnel and assets more protected, and to turn otherwise complex and expensive smart card systems into simpler, more cost-effective, and easier-to-develop solutions for everyone.

CardLogix Values

Trust is the primary commodity that CardLogix trades in every day. CardLogix builds and maintains customers’ confidence their products and processes, so that they can trust our cards to reliably protect personnel, sensitive data, and their most valuable assets. Starting with development software that’s flexible and easy to use to uncompromising customer support, CardLogix delivers on the promise of trust that our service inspires and our cards guarantee. Our company culture breeds initiative, commitment, and follow-through. As a global supplier and active industry participant, CardLogix understands the importance of being a responsible global business. With recycling, energy conservation, and full RoHS compliance, the company meets its goals with the environment in mind.

CardLogix Advantage

  • Experts in smart card technology with an understanding of what it takes to get a card project from A to Z
  • Commitment to ISO, ICAO, and industry conformance to ensure performance and interoperability
  • Extensive partnerships with companies that offer complementary smart card infrastructure components
  • Innovative products and solutions that simplify smart card development
  • Cutting edge technology, sophistication and differentiated quality at a fraction of competitors’ costs
  • Continuous customer support and involvement with evolving card projects

CardLogix Solutions

CardLogix manufactures high security and multi-functional ISO compliant smart cards, powered by CardLogix’ own operating systems. CardLogix offers easy-to-use SDKs for programmers, powerful middleware and APIs, a variety of applications software, and innovative solutions that empower end-users to develop and personalize smart cards without requiring any user-programming. The company partners with key suppliers in software, biometric capture, readers, and printers to deliver complete, leading-edge solutions. CardLogix smart card platforms provide solutions for multiple applications to markets globally, such as national, civil, voter and enterprise identity; physical and logical access cards; stored value; loyalty and rewards programs; e-purse; gaming, healthcare and other solutions that use a combination of multiple applications onto one card.

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