What are the different types of access control cards?

What are the different types of access control cards?

Types of Access Control Cards

  • Standard Prox Cards. A standard proximity card is made from white PVC and the same size as a CR80 ID card.
  • Composite Prox Cards.
  • Clamshell Prox Cards.
  • Magnetic Stripe Prox Cards.
  • Prox Cards for Printing.
  • Prox Card Key Fobs.
  • Prox Card Adhesive Tags.
  • Corporate 1000.

How many types of access readers are there?

Generally, there are two types of access control key card readers — proximity and magnetic.

What are the types of smart card readers?

There are two types of smart cards: contact and contactless. Both have an embedded microprocessor and memory. The smart card differs from the proximity card in that the microchip in the proximity card has only one function: to provide the reader with the card’s identification number.

How do proximity card readers work?

The proximity card readers use an electromagnetic field to detect nearby cards and transmit data through the reader to the access control panel. If the card is authorized, the control panel sends a signal back to the reader to trigger a door unlock.

How do I know what type of access card I have?

There are two things to look for:

  1. The type of card (or technology). You said it’s HID So your card could be: Prox (125 kHz).
  2. The Wiegand format in the card. For this, as someone mentioned, Look in your old access control system for the configuration of the Wiegand formats and you can see the bit structure. (

Are prox cards secure?

Proximity cards lack the security that you can achieve with other access control solutions. The low-frequency (125Khz) of the technology leaves a gaping hole for hackers and identity thieves to steal the unencrypted information.

Are card readers Universal?

Some card readers are universal, meaning they can read and generate codes for any EMV card, as long as the card is compatible with the reader’s online bank. So in that sense, you could use someone else’s card reader when necessary, and their reader wouldn’t store anything about your account or card.

What is a chip card reader?

A merchant terminal that reads and writes a credit or debit card that contains a microcontroller chip. To make a payment, the card is inserted into the reader and removed when the transaction is completed.

What is the difference between general access and individually encoded passcards?

The security passcard may be for general access, meaning that the passcard does not provide data about the person using it, or it may be individually encoded, containing specific information about the cardholder. An individually-encoded passcard looks a lot like a credit card.

What is the difference between RFID and proximity cards?

With an Active Tag, an RFID card can operate much further away, whereas a proximity card can only be read within a few centimetres. This opens up a whole host of uses for an RFID Card and subsequently, limits the use of proximity cards for anything outside of a close range.

What are the security features of key card readers?

All key card readers integrate with a local power supply and come with security functions that prevent the reader from being removed from the wall or attempted compromising of the system. Integrate multiple credential technologies onto one reader platform with support for proximity, smart, and mobile device credentials

What colors do the door access card readers come in?

The door access card readers are available in black, charcoal gray, and ivory and are constructed with rugged poly carbonate materials approved for both indoor and outdoor applications.

What are integrated physical access control readers?

Integrated physical access control readers allow controlled access to buildings and other sensitive areas by using smart cards, key code pads, or other reader systems. Physical entry authorization can be conducted through a number of multi-technology readers, such as: