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iDTRONIC White Paper: RFID Technology with PC/SC

RFID Readers and RFID Modules for the identification of smartcards!

The PC/SC interface is a flexible connection between a smartcard reader and a computer. PC/SC is derived from the terms “personal computer” and “smart card”. The interface enables the reading of smartcards in a PC environment.

PC/SC standard is platform and manufacturer independent and can therefore be integrated into any operating system. Possible smartcards are customer cards, employee ID cards, health insurance cards, NFC-based EC or credit cards.

RFID Stick Reader EVO HF

iDTRONIC" href="https://en.idtronic-rfid.com/rfid-readers/hf/stick-reader-evo/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">RFID Reader Stick EVO HF from iDTRONIC is a mobile hardware solution for smartcard identification. The USB stick format and the plug-and-play function make it easy and quick to integrate into any device with USB 2.0 connection. Integrated RFID HF frequency with 13.56 MHz supports ISO 14443A/B, ISO 15693, ISO 18000-3 and all NXP MIFARE® and DESFire® transponders.

The integrated antenna of the RFID USB reader reads all smartcard in near field environments of up to 4 cm. An integrated LED signal shows the successfull tag communication.

Application Example: PC-Log-On in Industrial IoT Areas

RFID Reader Stick EVO HF is an optimal solution for the identification of staff at several workstations. The smartcards have a unique UID stored on the chip and are specially activated for an employee of the company. RFID reader validly reads all data stored on the chip thanks to the integrated PC/SC functionality.

The advantage of this technology is the traceability of document changes, secures authentication against unauthorised access, and protects the viewing and editing of confidential documents.

RFID Module M890 DESFire

RFID Module M890 DESFire is an embeddable OEM solution, which makes it possible to read smartcards with existing devices. The one-sided laying components of the RFID module allow for embedding in various devices. 13.56 MHz frequency supports the RFID standards ISO 14443A/B (T=CL), ISO 14443-4, ISO 15693, ISO 18092 / ECMA-340 (NFC) and ISO 18000-3. Depending on the transponder type and antenna, the RFID module achieves reading ranges of up to 8 cm. The RFID Module M890 DESFire consumes less than 1 mA in low power mode.

Application Example: Vending Machines with Payment Function

RFID Module M890 DESFire is a RFID OEM solution for the integration in vending machines. The PC/SC functionality enables the identification of smartcards with integrated chip. RFID HF reader validly reads the integrated NFC chip on the smartcard. This enables payment processing – either by credit or EC function. The advantage is the complete handling of the sales process with one card.

Including Software Development Kit

The RFID products are supplied with a software development kit for Windows systems. This supports the programming languages: C++ and binary command protocol.

The SDK includes:

  • Hardware Descriptions
  • Demo Software 
  • Specifications and Dimensions
  • REACH, ROHs, RED, FCC Certificates
  • Installation Instructions

Using the SDK simplifies the connection to your existing systems.

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Patrick Kochendörfer
Patrick Kochendörfer
Senior Product Manager
Ludwigshafen, Germany
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