ELATEC Launches TCP3 Authentication / Release Station That Supports USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet Networks

Press Release Summary:

  • Allows simultaneous communication of print data and printer status at gigabit speeds
  • Helps to minimize the IT support costs related with additional IP or MAC addresses while consuming only one network drop from its host port

  • Capability to control access to devices that required for special operator training and certification and also act as an Ethernet network router

Original Press Release:

ELATEC Introduces the TCP3 Authentication / Release Station

From secure printing to kiosks to industrial robotics, TCP3 enables user authentication and access control for devices lacking a USB port

Palm City, Fla, June 7, 2019 - ELATEC today introduced the TCP3 authentication / release station, a small network appliance that enables devices without a USB port to incorporate an RFID or biometric reader, PIN pad or other form of user authentication and access control, and which supports USB 3.0 and gigabit Ethernet networks.

Most organizations extend the use of their employee ID badge or card to authenticate for applications beyond building access. This includes most multi-function printers. However, not all printers and devices have support for the direct connection of a card reader, such as those with no USB port. In these situations, the ELATEC TCP3 station extends ID card-based capabilities such as authentication for pull printing to any printing device regardless of the manufacturer, make or model.

“The TCP3 station was designed to minimize information technology support costs associated with additional IP or MAC addresses while consuming only one network drop from its Host port,” said Kenneth Buck, Solutions Architect for ELATEC. “TCP3 has two Ethernet connectors designated as Host and Device. The Device port enables connection of a printer or other peripheral without requiring a second network drop.”

While primarily designed for the secure printing market, the station can also be used to control access to devices which require special operator training and certification such as sophisticated manufacturing equipment. The TCP3 station would communicate ID card data to the authenticator responsible to unlock such equipment.

“TCP3 was designed around ever-increasing network performance requirements for high speed graphic printers and engineering plotters allowing simultaneous communication of print data and printer status at gigabit speeds,” added Buck. “But whichever the application, TCP3 provides unmatched security, performance, device management and flexibility—welcome benefits for any IT network and networked devices.”

For more details about the TCP3 authentication / release station, visit elatec.com/tcp3 or contact us at Americas-info@elatec.com.


ELATEC specializes in identification solutions. The company is the international leader in the field of multi-frequency/multi-standard readers. Integrators benefit from reader/writer modules that combine contact (Smart card) and contactless (RFID, NFC, Bluetooth) technologies. Over 60 RFID technologies commonly used internationally in the high-frequency (13.56 MHz) and low frequency range (125/134.2 kHz) are supported by a single device. ELATEC is the industry-leading partner for companies that want to grow their products’ potential through innovative close-up identification solutions. The company was founded in 1988 and has 14 locations worldwide. Its global headquarters are in Munich, Germany. ELATEC USA, headquartered in Palm City, FL, serves the Americas. For more information, visit elatec.com.


Chris Corsbie

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