17 March, 2004
Combination/Transition Reduces Costs for Companies Migrating into Proximity and Issuing Cards to High-Turnover Users
IRVINE, Calif., March 17, 2004 – HID, the premier manufacturer of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry, today announced an innovative new access control solution for customers who require support for both magnetic stripe and proximity card technologies. The Dorado 230 and 240 Combination/Transition card readers are compatible with standard ABA/ANSI/ISO and EMPI magnetic stripe cards as well as HID and EMPI proximity card formats.
The Dorado 230 and 240 dual-technology readers provide an ideal migration path from magnetic stripe to proximity-based access control by combining both technologies into a single reader. The readers are also designed to meet access control system user’s needs for card readers that read both magnetic stripe and HID proximity cards. Many organizations are advancing their levels of security for permanent staff and employees with proximity but also have the desire to issue magnetic stripe cards to large temporary or high turnover populations, such as part-time or temporary employees, long-duration visitors, and contractors.
“Hospitals, manufacturing plants, and warehousing facilities working with a mix of magnetic stripe and proximity card populations now have one reader to address all their requirements,” said Denis Hébert, president of HID. “Facilities that are migrating from magstripe to proximity technology products also benefit from using these products to avoid the cumbersome process of rebadging their entire population at the same time. This is of particular value to universities, government agencies, large multi-location organizations, corporate campuses and merging companies.”
The Dorado 230 and 240 card readers feature weatherproof housing design in an insertion-style reader for increased security, connect to access control systems with Wiegand interface and Clock-and-Data format, read security, time and attendance badges, parking cards and other format-compatible cards, and mount on a single-gang electrical box. The Dorado 240 model includes a keypad for increased security when utilizing a personal identification number.
The Dorado 230 and 240 are available now through HID’s network of distributors, OEMs, and system integrators worldwide.
About HID Corporation
As the largest manufacturer of contactless access control readers and cards for the security industry, HID has shipped over 150 million credentials to customers worldwide. HID pioneered the development of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for physical access control. Proximity and iCLASS technologies can be housed on the same credential and combined with other technologies such as magnetic stripe, barcode, or contact smart chip modules. This provides users the ability to leverage their investment in existing systems while seamlessly upgrading to new technologies and adding new applications. For increased security, users can add a photo ID or anti-counterfeiting element such as a hologram or ultraviolet ink. HID’s experience in developing card technologies enables them to play a critical role in the evolution and adoption of contactless smart card technology used for applications such as access control, IT secure authentication, digital cash, the storage of biometric templates, and the storage and retrieval of critical information. For more information on HID, visit www.hidcorp.com.
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