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FAQ's - Hid iClass

1. What frequency does the iCLASS technology use?

2. What ISO standards does the iCLASS technology comply with?

3. What is the memory capacity of the iCLASS credentials?

4. What is the typical read range of the iCLASS product line?

5. Can the iCLASS product line provide a standard Wiegand output?

6. Is it possible to program an HID proximity format into the iCLASS credential?

7. How does iCLASS differ from proximity?

8. For which types of applications may I use iCLASS?

9. I am currently using MIFARE cards, but like the flexibility of iCLASS. Can iCLASS read data from my current MIFARE cards?

10. Is iCLASS affordable?

11. When will iCLASS be available?

12. Which Access Control System companies plan on supporting iCLASS when it is available?

13. What are the most compelling reasons to use iCLASS in lieu of standard MIFARE?

14. Can I store a biometric template(s) on iCLASS credentials?

15. How many applications can iCLASS credentials support?

16. I currently use HID proximity cards and readers. Will I have to replace my entire access system to use iCLASS?

17. I would like to use iCLASS technology but also have a need for a contact smart chip module. Can the iCLASS credential accept a contact smart chip module?

18. Is HID writing the applications that will be used with iCLASS technology?

19. Will third-party manufactured products be available that incorporate iCLASS technology?

20. Must I completely change over to iCLASS, or can I use a mix of technologies in my facilities (i.e., Wiegand, proximity, mag stripe, iCLASS)?

21. I have a Checkpoint access control system and use Checkpoint's 13.56 MHz readers and cards. Is this the same thing? Can I use their cards on HID's iCLASS readers? Why would I change to iCLASS from what I have now?

22. How much information can I store on a card?

23. What type of information can I store on a card? Money? Fingerprint?

24. How do I ensure that these readers and cards will work with my system or systems that I already have in place?

25. How can I be assured that the cardholder's information can't be read by an unauthorized person who gets close to the card?

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1. What frequency does the iCLASS technology use?

The iCLASS technology operates at 13.56 MHz.

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2. What ISO standards does the iCLASS technology comply with?

iCLASS contactless smart card readers are versatile, and can read credentials meeting several ISO standards including:

  • ISO 15693 - read/write; 2kbits (256Bytes) and 16kbits (2kBytes)
  • ISO 14443, Type A - read only; MIFARE® (serial number)
  • ISO 14443, Type B2 - read/write; 16kbits (2kBytes)

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3. What is the memory capacity of the iCLASS credentials?

HID offers iCLASS credentials with either 2kbits (256Bytes) or 16kbits (2kBytes) of memory size. The 2kbits (256Bytes) memory size allows for two application areas; the 16kbits (2kBytes) memory size allows for either 2 or 16 application areas.

For reference, each application area can have its own read and write key. Dependent upon the application and the required memory size for the particular application, it is possible that individual applications may use more than one application area. Most biometric templates will fit on a 16kbits (2kBytes) card; it may use multiple application areas. Only very small biometric templates will fit on a 2kbits (256Bytes) credential. See the iCLASS Memory Map for more information.

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4. What is the typical read range of the iCLASS product line?

The iCLASS product line offers read ranges of approximately 1" to 4.5" (2.5cm to 11.4cm). As with proximity, read range is a function of the size of the reader, the size/form factor of the credential, and is dependent upon local installation conditions. Larger readers, when used with the standard credential (card), will provide the longer read range.

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5. Can the iCLASS product line provide a standard Wiegand output?

Yes. The reader's Wiegand output easily interfaces with most existing Wiegand protocol access control panels. The reader also reads standard proximity format data from HID iCLASS cards and output data as encoded.

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6. Is it possible to program an HID proximity format into the iCLASS credential?

Yes. Wiegand data (standard HID proximity formats) can be programmed into the cards by HID or by the customer using an iCLASS card programmer.

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7. How does iCLASS differ from proximity?

iCLASS cards and readers offer several unique features that enhance traditional RFID technology. These features include:

  • Cryptographic data storage
  • Mutual authentication
  • Secure reading and writing of data
  • User definable access keys

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8. For which types of applications may I use iCLASS?

iCLASS may be used for the following applications:

  • BIOMETRICS
  • LOGICAL ACCESS
  • ID BADGE PRINTING
  • PARKING & LONGRANGE
  • TIME & ATTENDANCE
  • HANDHELD/WIRELESS
  • CASHLESS VENDING & P.O.S.
  • EVENT MANAGEMENT
  • SPECIAL APPLICATIONS
  • MANUFACTURING CONTROL
  • LOYALTY SYSTEMS
  • GUARD TOUR
  • MEDICAL RECORD MANAGEMENT
  • CAMPUS SYSTEMS
  • HVAC/BILLING AUTOMATION

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9. I am currently using MIFARE cards, but like the flexibility of iCLASS. Can iCLASS read data from my current MIFARE cards?

Yes. The iCLASS readers can read the 32-bit unique serial number in Sector 0 from MIFARE cards. (The serial number is the factory programmed permanent unique ID number.)

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10. Is iCLASS affordable?

The iCLASS family of products has been designed to be affordable. As you think of the number of applications that can be supported by a single credential, affordability becomes value. iCLASS, as a single credential, multi-application offering, will provide the organization with a long-term solution and economic benefits.

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11. When will iCLASS be available?

HID is currently shipping iCLASS R10, R30, R40, RW 300 and RW 400 readers. OEM 100 and OEM 300 modules are also available. HID is also shipping iCLASS, iCLASS Prox, iCLASS Prox embeddble and iCLASS embeddable cards at this time.

At this time, there is no definitive schedule on the availability of other products within the iCLASS family.

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12. Which Access Control System companies plan on supporting iCLASS when it is available?

Any access control company that supports Wiegand technology (almost all of them) will be able to support iCLASS.

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13. What are the most compelling reasons to use iCLASS in lieu of standard MIFARE?

  • Longer read range
  • Biometric templates are read faster
  • The iCLASS key management system puts end-users in control of the keys
  • The iCLASS field programmer allows secure on-site programming of access control data.
  • The iCLASS reader reads both iCLASS and MIFARE (dual technology reader).

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14. Can I store a biometric template(s) on iCLASS credentials?

Yes. Biometric templates can be stored on iCLASS credentials. The number of application areas that must be used for template storage is based on the size of the template. For example, a typical hand geometry template can fit on a 2kbits (256Bytes) card, while a fingerprint or iris template would require a 16kbits (2kBytes) card. See both the iCLASS Memory Map and the iCLASS Biometric partners page for more information.

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15. How many applications can iCLASS credentials support?

The 2kbits (256Bytes) credential will support two application areas. The 16kbits (2kBytes) credential will support up either two or sixteen application areas. The number of individual applications you can support is:

  • Based on the memory size required by each application
  • Determined by the key management structure used; if several applications share the same read/write key, they can share application areas. (The restriction would then come back to the memory size required by the applications.)

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16. I currently use HID proximity cards and readers. Will I have to replace my entire access system to use iCLASS?

No. We know that customers may wish to upgrade existing proximity systems over time. In some cases, customers may use proximity technology in an existing building and use iCLASS technology in a new building. To help customers economically manage these situations, HID is offering several options:

  • If you have an existing proximity system, you may add iCLASS technology to your existing card by affixing the iCLASS Tag to your existing proximity card. The card will then function with either a proximity or an iCLASS reader.
  • HID is manufacturing credentials with both technologies -- HID proximity and iCLASS -- in the credential. This would be similar to our ProxCard® Plus card which offers proximity and Wiegand technologies in the same card. This is the iCLASS Prox card.

 

You should also note that you may choose to replace existing proximity readers with iCLASS readers. As the iCLASS reader offers a standard Wiegand output, a reader upgrade should be relatively easy.

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17. I would like to use iCLASS technology but also have a need for a contact smart chip module. Can the iCLASS credential accept a contact smart chip module?

Yes. The iCLASS credential is manufactured to ISO standard 7816. This means that a contact smart chip module can be embedded into an iCLASS embeddable credential.

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18. Is HID writing the applications that will be used with iCLASS technology?

HID is working with various companies who are developing the applications for iCLASS, just as HID did with its proximity technology partners. HID will be offering a Software Developer's Kit (SDK) for purchase by anyone who wishes to write applications around the iCLASS technology.

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19. Will third-party manufactured products be available that incorporate iCLASS technology?

HID offers OEM modules that allow third-party manufacturers to integrate iCLASS technology into other products. At the current time, HID has iCLASS Development Partners developing products in the following application areas:

  • BIOMETRICS
  • LOGICAL ACCESS
  • ID BADGE PRINTING
  • PARKING & LONGRANGE
  • TIME & ATTENDANCE
  • HANDHELD/WIRELESS
  • CASHLESS VENDING & P.O.S.
  • EVENT MANAGEMENT
  • SPECIAL APPLICATIONS
  • MANUFACTURING CONTROL
  • LOYALTY SYSTEMS
  • GUARD TOUR
  • MEDICAL RECORD MANAGEMENT
  • CAMPUS SYSTEMS
  • HVAC/BILLING AUTOMATION

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20. Must I completely change over to iCLASS, or can I use a mix of technologies in my facilities (i.e., Wiegand, proximity, mag stripe, iCLASS)?

HID offers multi-technology credentials that allow you to use a mix of technologies in your facilities. For example, if you are using a mag stripe currently, you may consider either adding an iCLASS Tag to your existing mag stripe card or purchasing new iCLASS cards with a mag stripe. In either case, you will experience the convenience of using a single credential on more than one type of reader.

  • HID will offer a number of credential options including:
  • iCLASS Cards, Tags and Keys
  • iCLASS Prox
  • iCLASS Wiegand

You will be able to add mag stripes, barcodes, contact smart chip modules, and other technologies, dependent upon the form factor of the credential and the combination of technologies required.

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21. I have a Checkpoint access control system and use Checkpoint's 13.56 MHz readers and cards. Is this the same thing? Can I use their cards on HID's iCLASS readers? Why would I change to iCLASS from what I have now?

The Checkpoint offering and the iCLASS offering are not the same. You cannot use the Checkpoint card on an iCLASS reader. The 13.56 MHz technology referred to above is basically "prox" operating at 13.56 MHz instead of 125 kHz. The Checkpoint cards: (1) do not offer any on-board storage capability; (2) are read only; and (3) do not meet any ISO standard. This is like "prox" in that the card has an ID number only and is locked.

Upgrading to iCLASS would allow for storage of information on the card and the use of new read/write applications.

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22. How much information can I store on a card?

The amount of information that can be stored on the card is dependent upon the application and the memory required by that application. iCLASS credentials will be available in a 2K bit or 16K bit memory size. (See questions 14 & 15, and the iCLASS Memory Map for more information.

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23. What type of information can I store on a card? Money? Fingerprint?

iCLASS credentials can store biometric templates, digital cash, access information, guard tour information, health records, etc. If the application falls within the available memory size and software has been written to facilitate the read/write function of the data needed, the iCLASS credential can be used. See the iCLASS Memory Map for more information.

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24. How do I ensure that these readers and cards will work with my system or systems that I already have in place?

Users can custom program the same facility code and bit format currently used on an HID proximity system into an iCLASS credential. The iCLASS reader then passes the information to the user's security panel in the same format as the existing proximity readers, thereby making the transaction appear identical to your existing access control system.

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25. How can I be assured that the cardholder's information can't be read by an unauthorized person who gets close to the card?

All RF data transmission between the card and reader is encrypted using a secure algorithm. By using industry standard encryption techniques, iCLASS reduces the risk of compromised data or duplicated cards. Access to data stored on the cards is protected by 64 bit diversified keys, which can be further customized by the end-user with an iCLASS programmer.

Even if the unauthorized person obtains an iCLASS reader, without the keys, the reader will not authenticate with the card and data will not be transmitted. For even higher security, card data may also be protected with DES or triple DES encryption. With iCLASS, the transaction between the card and reader can not be sniffed.

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SMARTS FAQ'S

1. What types of cards does HID offer?

2. Does HID offer a combination proximity card with contact smart chip module?

3. Tell me a little bit about your smart card offering.

4. I want to put a smart chip on my proximity card, and would like to know what I can use that smart chip for.

5. I am interested in getting a smart chip on my HID proximity access card. How much will it cost?

6. I have been working with a smart card provider. However, I want to put the chip on my building access card. Can you help me?

7. I know which smart chip, operating software, and application software is required. However, I have been told that this is proprietary information and that HID cannot purchase a finished card. Is this true?

8. Do you sell smart card readers and application software?

9. Can you print a photo id on the front of a card with a smart chip?

10. I still have questions - what do I do to get more information?

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1. What types of smart card credentials does HID offer?

HID offers cards in several combinations. HID's offering includes:

  • Proximity (125kHz) that can be embedded with a contact smart chip module (1397 Smart ISOProx II)
  • Proximity (125kHz) with a magnetic stripe, that can be embedded with a contact smart chip module (1398 Smart DuoProx II)
  • MIFARE (13.56) contactless smart chip module that can be embedded with a contact smart chip (1430 HID MIFARE card)
  • Proximity (125kHz) with MIFARE (13.56) that can be embedded with a contact smart chip (1431 HID Proximity and MIFARE card)

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2. Does HID offer a combination proximity card with contact smart chip module?

Yes. HID can provide you with a proximity card with embedded smart chip. HID's Smart ISOProx II card is an example.

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3. Tell me a little bit about your smart card offering.

HID has the ability to provide you with a proximity card with a contact and/or contactless smart chip. We work with a number of chip manufacturers including Gemplus, Schlumberger, Infineon, BUL, Atmel, ST, and Phillips. We also have relationships with a number of application software providers that can assist you in meeting your needs.

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4. I want to put a smart chip on my proximity card, and would like to know what I can use that smart chip for.

There are many applications for a smart chip. Most common uses are:

  • PC Secure Log-On / Network Access
  • e-Purse (vending, transit, cafeteria, bookstore, etc.)
  • Employee Information (name, address, health records, social security number, etc.)

Based on the applications that are of interest to you, consider investing in a flexible chip and operating system that would allow you to use these applications at some future time. HID can help you make a recommendation.

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5. I am interested in getting a smart chip on my HID proximity access card. How much will it cost?

There are a number of factors that will affect the investment you make in a smart card. Note: We have seen end-user prices range from approximately $8.00 to $25.00 dependent upon:

  • the type of chip required (the larger the chip size and the more complex the chip, the higher the cost)
  • requirements for custom artwork on the card (the more the artwork, the higher the cost)
  • requirements for magnetic stripes, debitek stripes, signature panels, etc.

Most common would be a card in the $10.00 to $18.00 range at the end-user level.

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6. I have been working with a smart card provider. However, I want to put the chip on my building access card. Can you help me?

Yes. No matter what stage in the card design process you are at, HID can work with you to provide the best one-card technology solution.

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7. I know which smart chip, operating software, and application software is required. However, I have been told that this is proprietary information andthat HID cannot purchase a finished card. Is this true?

There are some providers of smart chips, operating software, and/or application software that make these types of statements. Often the information is true. However, it is often possible for HID to find a means to deliver a completed card. HID's industry leadership has enabled technical partnerships with many of the major smart chip providers.

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8. Do you sell smart card readers and application software?

At this time, HID offers a 13.56 MHz contactless MIFARE reader. At present, HID is not offering a contact smart card reader. Depending upon your needs, HID works with a number of organizations that are uniquely positioned to provide you with application software and a variety of contact smart card readers. By understanding your smart card application, we can assist you in identifying a possible software provider. HID's expertise is in providing you with the single card; we assist you in finding experts in other required areas.

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9. Can you print a photo id on the front of a card with a contact smart chip?

Yes. We would suggest that you considering using a dye sublimation printer that is specifically designed for this purpose. Such printers are available from major manufacturers such as Fargo, DataCard, Eltron, etc.

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10. I still have questions - what do I do to get more information?

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