Honeywell’s Contactless Smart Card Readers Are FIPS 201 Compliant


Honeywell will partner with Integrated Engineering to offer new contactless smart card readers. The new OmniAssure(tm) readers are compliant with the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 201 (FIPS 201).

Honeywell said the OmniAssure readers combine compliance with the convenience of using a patent-pending flash-on-card design that allows the reader’s flash firmware to be easily updated without removing the readers from the wall.

The updates support current changing government standards such as FIPS 201, Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and First Responder Authentication Credentials (FRAC). Simple configuration cards can also be used to manage security keys and change the operating characteristics of the reader, the company said. Additionally, the contactless smart card readers feature built-in hardware to support future RS485 protocols, and both the reading and writing of smart card credentials.

“We are excited about this technology because it offers our customers a comprehensive solution for compliance,” said Beth Thomas, senior product manager, Credentials and Readers, Honeywell. “Our customers are now prepared to comply with the evolving government requirements of smart card standards using these new card readers.”

Honeywell’s reader offerings include a smart card reader only, a smart card reader plus keypad, a fingerprint smart card reader, and a multitechnology smart card and 125kHz proximity reader.

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