LEGIC® Identsystems AG, the leading specialists in RFID contactless access control technology and multiapplication systems, has launched a new entry-level product called LEGIC smart.
The new 13.56 MHz LEGIC smart has been specifically developed to meet the requirements of contactless access control products such as door locks but is also suitable for use with time & attendance terminals.
Available in the form of a chip set and Starter Kit, the new product consists of the LEGIC smart micro controller and the LEGIC smart ASIC chip, which contains the HF modulation and demodulation unit. Other components, such as quartz, EEPROM, power supply, etc. are common components available from a range of vendors. Other components apart from the LEGIC smart chip set are specified in the detailed documentation that comes with the LEGIC smart Starter Kit, which also includes a vendors’ guide.
Due to its small size, low power consumption and supported interface output formats, LEGIC smart is highly suitable for use in the replacement of low frequency 125 kHz based systems and magnetic stripe applications or for integration into miniature battery-powered RFID readers. The new product also offers secure data transmission through encrypted HF communication and to further increase security, LEGIC smart Service Media (cards) are used to set up modules in stand-alone mode.
As the installed base of 125 kHz systems is already widespread in simple access control applications, LEGIC smart is compatible with the most widely used interface output formats used such as Wiegand, RS232 and Omron mode. This allows older reader bases to be replaced with new LEGIC smart readers without difficulty.
Although designed as an entry-level product for secure access control and related applications, LEGIC smart also offers the ability to migrate to more sophisticated multifunctional applications when required. LEGIC smart is designed to allow later upgrades to multifunctional systems by using other LEGIC Security Modules. For example, new functions can be added without the need to change existing readers based on LEGIC smart. When door locks in an existing installation are based on LEGIC smart but an electronic purse function needs to be added, neither the card nor the LEGIC smart reader module in an access control reader will need to be changed. A new segment can be added to the same card, which can then be used at other types of LEGIC readers that support electronic purse functions.
Similarly, cards of existing low-security access readers that use magnetic stripe technology can accommodate state-of-the-art LEGIC technology by simply applying an adhesive sticker containing the LEGIC chip. This means an existing system can be kept, and an upgrade carried out immediately without the need to replace any existing cards.
Speed in new product development is fast becoming the crucial factor in maintaining a competitive edge in today’s ever-changing market place. With LEGIC smart, product development time can be shortened dramatically as all required hardware, software and documentation is contained in the Starter Kit. Contents include:
—Fully functional LEGIC smart reader with the LEGIC smart chip set, on-board antenna and RS232 interface
—Dip switches for easy interface selection
—LEGIC smart chip sets to develop own reader
—LEGIC smart cards and key fob for testing
—LEGIC smart set-up software to configure LEGIC smart modules and to personalise LEGIC smart media, such as cards
Application notes and hints
—Layout designs for antennas and readers
The main product features at a glance
—Operating frequency: 13.56 MHz
—Contactless read/write capability
—Compact-sized chip set
—Secure data transmission through encrypted HF communication
—4 outputs for LED, buzzer or relay connection
—20 user Bytes for individual usage
—Access keys for read and write
—Key settings with LEGIC service card
—Communication range up to 10 cm
—Low power consumption
—Use of wide range of LEGIC media (cards, key fobs, etc.)
Interfaces: Wiegand, Omron, RS232, serial synchronous/asynchronous
—Supports migration to LEGIC multiplication’s
LEGIC Identsystems AG Sales & Marketing Manager, Stephen Neff, says: “The new LEGIC smart chip set and Starter Kit can offer a real alternative to 125 kHz systems. Together with the easy migration from magnetic stripe products to 13.56 MHz LEGIC, we can help manufacturers kick-start innovative new access solutions in literally no time at all.”
About LEGIC Identsystems
LEGIC Identsystems, with headquarters in Switzerland, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of 13.56MHz contactless smart card technology. Their product portfolio includes highly integrated read/write modules and transponder chips for integration into third party products. LEGIC Identsystems currently work with over 121 external licence partners worldwide who offer compatible LEGIC based applications including access control, cashless payment, eTicketing, door locks, parking, loyalty and many others.