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Credential encoding

HID Global, the US-based secure identity product company, has announced its new iCLASS SE Encoder, a desktop solution and developer toolkit (DTK). It’s for users to encode and issue cards using a single device. The multi-technology encoder lets customers migrate from current technologies to the company’s iCLASS SE access control platform. The makers add that the user can encode a range of current and future technologies, with the option for customers to create and manage keys and configure readers locally or through HID’s iCLASS and SE Elite programme.

Helmut Dansachmueller, vice president of Product Marketing, Credentials and Embedded Technologies with HID Global, says: “Migrating current systems to operate with our iCLASS SE platform has never been easier with the new iCLASS Encoder that empowers customers to encode and format an extensive range of credential technologies, on demand, through an easy and straightforward process. HID Global’s goal with the encoder is to give users the technology flexibility and confidence in their access control systems investments as they move to high frequency and future technologies.”  

The iCLASS SE Encoder allows organisations to encode multiple credential technologies, including genuine HID and third-party credentials, to upgrade existing card populations for use with iCLASS SE platform readers. The solution supports Seos, iCLASS SE, standard iCLASS, MIFARE Classic and MIFARE DESFire EV1. The encoder also supports 125 MHz HID Prox for encoding Prox credentials as well as migrating from HID Prox to high frequency technologies. Users can migrate from one technology to another by extracting access control data from a card and writing it to the new credential, without having to manually input data or understand encoding details.  

For higher security, users can “wrap” their access control data within a Secure Identity Object (SIO) and then write it back to the same card.  Based on open architecture, the encoder enables SIOs to be added to the full range of supported cards, including MIFARE and DESFire credentials.

HID Global is also introducing a flexible credential encoding applet structure that is based on a credit system. Users install only the applets they require for the technology credentials they need, and can add applets to support other credentials over time. The iCLASS SE Encoder is field-programmable and upgradeable.  

HID Global also plans to offer credential encoding capabilities via its FARGO printer line and its HID Secure Identity Services portal. The iCLASS SE Encoder is available in limited quantities with full availability by end of Q4 2013.

About HID Global

The company’s primary brands include ActivID, EasyLobby, FARGO, Codebench, LaserCard and HID. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more visit


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