ProdataKey Adds Bluetooth to High-Security Red Readers

When wired using the OSDP protocol, up to four Red readers can be daisy-chained along a single controller wire. Weigand is also supported.

DRAPER, Utah — ProdataKey (PDK), a manufacturer of a Cloud access control platform built for mobile, announces that its new high-security Red readers will soon feature mobile credential functionality, allowing them to communicate with smartphones via Bluetooth.

The Red readers can be ordered to additionally support high-frequency smartcards and low-frequency communication, offering users the widest possible choice of credentialing options for use with a single device, according to the announcement.

The new readers support the OSDP protocol as well as Weigand. When wired using OSDP, up to four readers can be daisy-chained along a single controller wire. By eliminating multiple home runs from reader to controller, Red makes installing additional readers for read-in/read-out easy and cost-effective, according to the announcement.

Unlike other Bluetooth readers on the market, PDK says the Red readers do not require any programming or pairing during installation. They are true plug-and-play. An IP55 rating deems them suitable for indoor and outdoor use, including some exposure to precipitation, pollution and dust.

Along with PDK’s other mobile credentialing hardware, Red mobile credentials are issued from within the pdk io software application. System administrators can purchase, issue, and distribute them on the fly without interfacing with any third-party provider.

Dallam Labrum, vice president of sales and support at PDK, says, “As the leader in mobile-first-access control, it’s only logical that our new high-security Red line features all the benefits of mobile credentialing, executed in typical PDK user-friendly fashion. With Red, our dealers can confidently claim to customers that there’s zero compromise between convenience and security. In fact, both are superior.”

PDK is now accepting orders for Red readers with Bluetooth. Units will begin shipping by late November.

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