Card Reader features intuitive optical user interface.

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Able to display alpha-numeric digits and Asian character sets, DIGIPASS® 835a features optical interface for automatic download of encrypted data from PC onto display. Data is transferred by holding optical interface in front of computer screen. Utilizing 5 phototransistors, optical technology has data transmission speed of 20 fps and can be used with CRT, TFT, LCD, LED, and plasma screens. EMV-PLA-compliant, reader is suited for e-banking solutions in countries that use PIN-less payment cards.

Original Press Release:

VASCO Data Security Unveils DIGIPASS 835a at Cebit

This card reader has an enhanced display allowing alpha-numeric digits and features an intuitive optical user interface facilitating user acceptance

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois and ZURICH, Switzerland - March 2, 2009 - VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI) (, a leading software security company specialising in authentication products, unveils DIGIPASS® 835a at Cebit. DIGIPASS 835a is an upgrade version of DIGIPASS® 835 which was launched last year. DIGIPASS 835a has an enhanced display, allowing alpha-numeric digits and Asian character sets. Its optical interface facilitates data transfer from the computer screen onto the reader thus making the card reader extremely intuitive and user-friendly. Sm@rt-TAN plus readers with an optical interface, such as DIGIPASS 835a, are increasingly used in Germany. The new model is compliant with current German HHD standard and available for cooperative banks through DG Verlag.

DG VERLAG ( is the strategy, solution, service partner and card competence center for German cooperative banks such as 'Volks- & Raiffeisenbanken'. Cooperative banks in Germany, Volks- and Raffeisen Banks have a leading role in the development of the security aspects of online banking applications. Part of that is the innovative Sm@rt-TAN plus development, which thanks to the optic reader has facilitated the ease-of-use. DIGIPASS 835a, which also focuses on intuitive use, is part of DG Verlag's offering to cooperative banks.

The optical interface enables the automatic download of encrypted data from the PC onto the display of the DIGIPASS. Data transfer only takes a couple of seconds; it requires no software or driver installation. The data are simply transferred by holding the optical interface in front of the computer screen: the flashing pattern on the PC screen and the photo-transistors of the DIGIPASS 835a take care of the transfer. The optical technology of the DIGIPASS 835a can be used in conjunction with several screen types, including CRT, TFT, LCD, LED and plasma. It uses 5 photo transistors and has data transmission speeds of 20 fps. The rubber triangles tilting the card reader in the right angle to improve the reading of the data on the reader display are compliant with German Sm@rt TAN optical reader specifications.

The enhanced fully graphical display (80 x 16 dot matrix) supports alpha-numeric digits. Thanks to this alpha-numeric display data input such as IBAN codes can easily be displayed for authentication.

DIGIPASS 835a is easy to deploy for banks, since it does not require the installation of additional software on the customer's PC. DIGIPASS 835a is personalized and activated on insertion of the end user's bank card. The optical reader is extremely simple to use resulting in a higher user acceptance of e-signature, the appropriate countermeasure against man-in-the-middle, man-in-the-browser and man-in-the-PC attacks.

DIGIPASS 835a is EMV-PLA compliant, which makes it suitable for the use of e-banking solutions in countries which use PIN-less payment cards.

"Solutions such as DIGIPASS 835a provide no longer any excuse to banks and customers to adopt e-signature as the only adequate counter measure against man-in-the-middle attacks. User friendliness is core in DIGIPASS 835a. The optical interface, though slightly more expensive than other EMV-CAP readers, largely contributes to the intuitive use.", says Jan Valcke, President and COO at VASCO Data Security.

About DG Verlag

The German Genossenschafts-Verlag eG (DG VERLAG), a media, trade and systems company, is the partner and service provider of cooperative banks (Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken).

The "cards" business unit has a card competence center offering card-related products to the "FinanzVerbund" of cooperative banks. For security for online banking the company offers wide range of products, software and readers.


VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet Security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as global software company for Internet Security serving a customer base of over 8,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including more than 1,200 international financial institutions. VASCO's prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.

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