HID Introduces iCLASSTM Contactless Smart Card Technology

Irvine, CA (August 5, 2002) HID is proud to introduce iCLASS, a new 13.56 MHz, read/write, contactless smart card technology optimized for multiple applications including physical access control, IT secure authentication and many more.

iCLASS< smart cards and readers make access control more powerful, more versatile, and most importantly, offer enhanced security through encryption and mutual authentication. At the same time, iCLASS is user-friendly, delivering the convenience, affordability and reliability of proximity technology for which HID is known worldwide.

Several unique features put iCLASS cards and readers a step ahead of traditional radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, including:

  • Encrypted data storage
  • Mutual authentication
  • Secure reading and writing of data
  • User definable access keys

The development team at ASSA ABLOY's Identification Technology Group utilized advanced semiconductor technology based on the 13.56 MHz frequency to meet numerous ISO standards. The standards enable many equipment and application developers to work with this technology to create a broader range of uses for the card. iCLASS readers can read data from cards compliant with the following standards:

  • 15693 - read/write; 2Kbits (256Bytes) and 16Kbits (2KBytes) iCLASS
  • 14443A - read only; MIFARE (serial number)
  • 14443B2 - read/write; 16Kbits (2KBytes)iCLASS credentials

All radio frequency data transmission between the card and reader is encrypted using a secure algorithm. By using industry standard encryption techniques, iCLASS reduces the risk of compromised data or duplicated cards. For even higher security, card data may also be protected with DES or triple DES encryption.

The line of iCLASS contactless smart card readers will include read only, read/write (with optional keypad or LCD terminal), and a biometric terminal option. The readers' Wiegand output easily interfaces with most existing Wiegand protocol access control panels.

iCLASS credentials will include multi-technology cards (iCLASS Prox and iCLASS Wiegand), as well as keyfobs, tags, and OEM modules. All iCLASS credentials will be available in either a 2Kbits (256Bytes) or 16Kbits (2KBytes) configuration.

The iCLASS Tag supports the upgrade of existing barium ferrite, barcode, magnetic stripe, Wiegand or proximity systems to iCLASS< technology. By affixing the iCLASS< Tag to an existing card or device (such as a PDA or cell phone), users instantly have iCLASS< technology.

iCLASS < OEM modules will allow third-party manufacturers to easily integrate the iCLASS< technology into products manufactured by companies other than HID.

iCLASS< product family was designed to provide a truly multi-application solution, including:

  • iCLASS< was specifically designed to economically increase the power, versatility and security of access control, while promoting upgrades to additional applications.