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Understanding iCLASS SE Cards

Understanding iCLASS SE Cards

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Created as a powerful and secure upgrade to standard proximity cards, iCLASS smart card technology gives users more flexibility and data security. Key upgrades you’ll find in iCLASS cards include mutual authentication between card and reader, encrypted data transfer, and 64-bit diversified keys for read/write capabilities.

What Makes iCLASS SE Cards Different from Standard iCLASS Cards?

If first generation iCLASS cards were the bridge between prox and smart card technology, iCLASS SE cards were the technology evolution that made smart cards truly secure and flexible. iCLASS SE cards work with existing access control and iCLASS systems, giving your organization access to newer smart card technology.

iCLASS SE cards are more secure than standard iCLASS cards, using a multi-layered approach to security that adds mutual authentication and data encryption to the card scanning process.

Can I Upgrade My Current System to Use New iCLASS SE Cards?

With the introduction of iCLASS SE cards, HID also introduced a wide range of multi-technology card readers. This allows your organization to use one reader with any number of technologies, so you can slowly replace cards over time. Options include:

  • iCLASS SE
  • iCLASS Seos
  • iCLASS
  • 125 kHZ prox
  • MIFARE
  • MIFARE DESFire
  • NFC-enabled smart phones & other devices

What Forms Do iCLASS SE Cards Come In?

iCLASS SE cards come in a wide range of forms. You can choose from:

  • Standard CR80 30mil size cards
  • Clamshell cards
  • Adhesive tags
  • Key fobs