Smart Card Reader Boards facilitate integration for OEMs.

Press Release Summary:

Available in contact and contactless models, PC/SC-compliant Reader Boards consist of inner part of housed readers, including connector cable. PC-connected CardMan® 5321 and 5121 are available for embedding 13.56 MHz contactless smart card reader technology, whereas CardMan® 5125 reader board provides 125 kHz functionality for HID Prox-compatible solutions. For contact-based readers, CardMan® 3121 and 3921 boards include USB interface, while CardMan® 3111 features serial interface.

Original Press Release:

OMNIKEY Smart Card Reader Technology Now Available as Reader Boards

Contact and contactless reader boards provide easy integration for hardware manufacturers

Walluf, Germany - November 07, 2006- OMNIKEY, one of the world's leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, now offers the advanced technology of its contact and contactless PC-connected smart card readers as reader boards.

These PC/SC compliant boards are the inner part of OMNIKEY's state-of-the-art housed readers, including the connector cable but without the housing. Thus, the boards comply with all the relevant industry standards of the corresponding housed readers.

The PC-connected reader boards of the CardMan® 5321 and 5121 are available for embedding 13.56 MHz contactless smart card reader technology, whereas the CardMan® 5125 reader board provides 125 kHz functionality for HID Prox compatible solutions.

For contact-based readers, OMNIKEY offers the CardMan® 3121 and 3921 reader boards with USB interface and the CardMan® 3111 reader board with serial interface.

OEM manufacturers can use these boards to quickly and easily integrate smart card reader functionality in products such as computers, keyboards, printers, thin clients and many more.

Company names and product names mentioned above are the trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies.

OMNIKEY, one of the world´s leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, offers the most diversified product portfolio available on the market today. OMNIKEY's smart card readers for PCs can be utilized by any application including logical access control, digital signature, WLAN authentication, secure banking and online transactions, loyalty programs, and healthcare solutions.

OMNIKEY, headquartered in Walluf, near Wiesbaden (Germany), is part of ASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies (ITG). OMNIKEY´s regional offices for North and South America reside in Irvine, California with technical support in Atlanta, Georgia. The Asia Pacific operation is located in Hong Kong.

Design, production management, and quality control of OMNIKEY's products are carried out in the company's two R&D centers in Linz, Austria and Erfurt, Germany. OMNIKEY readers are distributed worldwide through a global network of partners, including value added resellers, system integrators, and OEMs.
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About ASSA ABLOY Identification Technologies (ITG)
Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (ITG) is a leader within the ID management and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) markets. The company develops, manufactures and markets RFID components, products, and services typically deployed within national ID and e-passport programs, corporate access control, supply chain management, animal tagging, financial transactions, transport and various industrial or manufacturing solutions.

Assa Abloy ITG is a merger of ACG Identification Technologies, Novacard do Brazil, OMNIKEY, Sokymat and VisionCard.

Assa Abloy ITG has over 800 employees and 25 sales offices in all continents. The group's headquarters are located in Walluf, Germany. ITG is part of the Global Technologies Division of the ASSA ABLOY Group.

For further information, please contact:
Antje K. Schaefer
Am Klingenweg 6a
65396 Walluf - Germany
Tel: +49(0) 6123/7913-15
Fax: +49(0) 6123/7913-28

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