Smart Card Reader offers USB PIN pad with keypad/display.

Press Release Summary:

CardMan® 3821 is a class 2/class 3 reader featuring keypad with 2-line by 16-char display for secure PIN entry and PIN change operations. Special symbol in display indicates when secure mode is activated, and commands can be displayed in 5 languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Reader is suited for digital signature, banking, and payment applications, as well as applications that require high security with use of PIN.

Original Press Release:

OMNIKEY Launches New High-speed PIN Pad Smart Card Reader

CardMan® 3821 USB PIN pad with keypad and display

Walluf (March 30, 2005) OMNIKEY, one of the world's leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, announces at CeBIT the debut of its new CardMan® 3821 USB smart card reader. The CardMan® 3821 USB PIN pad reader is based on the existing technology of OMNIKEY's successful and high speed CardMan® 3621 PIN pad reader, and furthermore features a user-friendly display.

The new CardMan® 3821 is modeled after OMNIKEY´s latest chip set design which has already been successfully integrated into the new CardMan® product family of smart card readers (3121, 4040, 6121 and 3621), guaranteeing the highest reader-to-card transmission rate currently available on the market.

The CardMan® 3821 is a class 2 / class 3 reader featuring a keypad for performing Secure PIN Entry (SPE) and PIN change operations as well as a display with two lines (2x16 characters) to guide the user through the PIN entry process. A special symbol in the display indicates when the secure mode is activated. Furthermore, default commands to be displayed during the SPE process are available in 5 languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Additional languages can also be programmed.

The CardMan® 3821 is especially suited for digital signature, banking and payment applications, making it the preferred choice for all applications that require high security with the use of a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Consistent with OMNIKEY's tradition of offering robust, technically superior firmware and driver support, the CardMan® 3821 guarantees the highest level of interoperability available on the market today.

The new smart card reader is designed to meet all major standards like ISO 7816, PC/SC, EMV 2000 (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) Level 1, Microsoft® WHQL, HBCI (Home Banking Computer Interface), USB, the PC-2001 specification and many more. The CardMan® 3821 is today already in line with the upcoming PC/SC 2.0 specification, where OMNIKEY contributed with specifications for a generic Secure PIN Entry support.

The CardMan® 3821 is currently under evaluation for Common Criteria EAL3+ certification and is commercially available as of today.


OMNIKEY, one of the world's leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, offers the most diversified product portfolio available on the market today. Having established a tight collaboration with key decision makers in the card manufacturing and software industries, OMNIKEY sits at the table of innovation. OMNIKEY's smart card readers for PCs can be utilized by any application including logical access control, digital signature, GSM authentication, secure banking and online transactions, loyalty programs, and healthcare solutions.

OMNIKEY, headquartered in Walluf, near Wiesbaden (Germany), is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG). OMNIKEY´s North American headquarters 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.

About ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG)

ITG is the world's leading supplier of RFID components, products, solutions, and services. Comprised of a dynamic group of companies including HID, Sokymat, ACG Identification Technologies, Indala, OMNIKEY, and Interlock, ITG innovation spans the value chain of smart card and RFID-based systems for identification and security. Applications include physical and logical access control, supply chain management, animal tagging, national ID and e-passport programs, transport, and various industrial and manufacturing applications. ITG's Research Center in Denver, Colorado, focused on advanced research projects at the cutting edge of RFID and smart card technologies, and its SmartWorldAcademy in Prague, uniquely position ITG at the forefront of the secure identification industry. ITG headquarter offices are located in Walluf, Germany and Irvine, California.

ITG is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, a Swedish corporation with about 30,000 employees and annual sales of about EUR3 billion. The ASSA ABLOY Group is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of locking solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. For more information, visit

Antje K. Schäfer
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65396 Walluf
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