Proximity cards are contactless integrated curcuit cards that are used to access a secure area or network. When held near an appropriate reader, the card is activated to transmit encoded information to the reader. The reader facilitates the information obtained from the card and transmits it to the software that can “read” the information. The software processes the data and determines the access level of the card–either allowing the card holder access to the requested area or denying the entrance.
Common cards are 125kHz devices. Newer cards are contactless and are 13.56 MHz.
Although more expensive than standard PVC cards, proximity cards can be obtained for a reasonable price. The access cards can be used in a multifunctional way and combined with id cards and debit card systems.
Current Fargo printers that will allow encoding of proximity cards are the Fargo HDP5000, Fargo DTC550 and Fargo DTC400e. For information about cards that can be integrated with identification applications, visit our HID prox card page.