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Identiv launches high-security HF RFID access-control cards ••• Vizinex RFID releases tag for mounting on multiple surfaces ••• Keonn Technologies intros interactive display and product cross-selling system ••• Microsoft offers new blockchain product-tracking project ••• Red Ledge launches open RFID- and IIoT-ready asset-management system ••• Bristol ID Technologies expands management team.
By Rich Handley
Feb 02, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Identiv; Vizinex RFID; Keonn Technologies; Microsoft; Red Ledge; and Bristol ID Technologies.

Identiv Launches High-Security HF RFID Access-Control Cards

Identiv has announced the launch of its uTrust TS Card, a high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz RFID access card product line designed to increase security. Despite the security weaknesses of 125 kHz proximity card systems, the company explains, the adoption of more secure replacements has been hampered by the lack of alternatives that meet all customer requirements for such solutions—namely, low cost, seamless support of existing systems, easy migration, simple ordering and enrollment of cards, and a high level of security certified by independent third-party organizations.

The uTrust TS Card line meets these requirements, Identiv reports, and offers high-assurance identity and access card authenticity to newly deployed and existing physical access-control systems. The cards employ NXP Semiconductors' Mifare DESFire EV1 256B technology, specifically developed for physical access cards.

Identiv's uTrust TS Card
The uTrust TS Cards are available in two models: TS Standard Cards (for new installations) and TS Migration Cards (which include 125 kHz proximity technology that can be interoperated with existing 125 kHz proximity readers). The cards are intended to simplify migration by supporting the commonly used Wiegand card data formats used on proximity cards.

The Mifare DESFire EV1 platform used in the cards carries the Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, trusted by governments and organizations worldwide as the benchmark in external security validation. This recognizes the platform's robust design and open specification, Identiv says, and contrasts with alternative solutions that lack certifications, do not make their protocols available for review and lock customers into proprietary, unscalable security schemes.

To simplify the enrollment process, Identiv is offering its uTrust TS Universal Enrollment Station, a USB-connected device that automates the process of reading card numbers and entering them into physical access-control system software. The station is compatible with Identiv's uTrust TS Reader Family.

"When used with Identiv's uTrust TS Readers, the uTrust TS Card provides a simple, cost-effective path to mitigating emerging security and compliance challenges, while maintaining compatibility with existing access-control systems," said Matt Herscovitch, Identiv's general manager for access readers and credentials, in a prepared statement. "In contrast with other high-frequency access cards that increase costs and fail to reduce the complexity of ordering and usage, uTrust TS Cards are priced to be less expensive than all alternatives, even typical low-frequency 125 kHz proximity cards from leading vendors."

Identiv's uTrust TS Card, uTrust TS Reader Family and uTrust TS Universal Enrollment Station are currently available to order or evaluate. More information is available at identiv.com/ts-cards.

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