HID Global multiCLASS Provides Migration from Magstripe to Proximity Card Technology

HID Global has announced additions to the company’s versatile multiCLASS reader line that enhance flexibility while accelerating the cost-effective, secure and truly seamless migration from magnetic stripe (magstripe) and proximity card technology to secure iCLASS contactless smart cards, according to the company.

HID Global’s new offerings extend the company’s multiCLASS product line, to include solutions that provide a migration path from legacy magstripe and 125 kHz technologies to higher security 13.56 MHz smart cards, with no operational disruption, the company says. The new additions to the multiCLASS family include two keypad models; the RMK40 which offers Magstripe to iCLASS migration, and the RMPK40 for migration from Magstripe and Prox to iCLASS.

“Organizations that currently rely on magstripe technology can now more easily migrate to higher security and multi-use cards with the new RMK40 and RMPK40 readers,” says Alan Fontanella, senior director of Product Marketing for HID Global’s Identity and Access Management business. “The expanded multiCLASS reader line delivers the ultimate migration tool, and its unique card-technology read-selection feature gives customers limitless card management flexibility, with security and simplicity.”

According to IMS Research in its November 2009 report entitled, “The World Market for Electronic Physical Access Control Equipment,” multi-technology readers are forecast to ramp up as organizations attempt to future proof themselves, and this market, worldwide, is forecast to be the fastest growing reader market with a CAGR of 14.2 percent. Earlier, in July 2008, IMS had reported that 13.56 MHz smart cards and magnetic stripe readers were growing at compounded annual growth rates (CAGRs) of 23.6 percent and -1.2 percent to market shares of 38.6 percent and 4.0 percent by 2012, respectively. In IMS’ most recent report, the firm said it expects contactless smart card shipments to break the one billion barrier in 2014.

“The market for contactless is set to nearly double between 2008 and 2014 as the three largest end-user sectors, government and healthcare ID, transportation and payment and banking cards, all see contactless gain more traction,” says the report’s analyst Don Tait.


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