LEGIC® sets standards for battery powered door locks

LEGIC® sets standards for battery powered door locks

LEGIC Identsystems Ltd, the leading supplier of contactless smart card technologies for personal identification applications, is expanding the functionality of its LEGIC advant product line to battery powered applications, while meeting the FIPS 201 US Federal Government’s Personal Identity Verification specifications.

Costly cabling and modifications are generally required to include individual office or hotel door locks into a contactless access control system. Stand-alone, battery powered “off-line” alternatives often require mechanical switches or infrared sensors to prevent the contactless RF field from consuming massive amounts of energy as it searches for a valid card. These solutions generally lack intuitive operability, are expensive to maintain and are often unreliable.

With its new “low power” function the LEGIC advant product line is now offering an extremely power-saving wake-up feature to provide solutions for energyefficient, contactless door locks in off-line operation. The contactless close range credential search uses minimum power and, once it has recognised a valid credential, activates the relevant application, such as the lock control system.

By using this innovative low power feature, which is unique on the market, there will be no need in future to install expensive and bulky switches and infrared sensors in order to activate the contactless reader. This meets every requirement for designs to be more visually appealing. With the extended LEGIC functionality, doors are opened easily and contactless, simply by presenting a company identification card, and with no need to press any switches. Further, any interference caused by the sun’s rays will be a thing of the past, since no infrared sensors are needed.

This “low power” function from LEGIC guarantees effective use of energy, and ensures lower maintenance and service costs since battery life time is greatly extended. Under certain conditions, this can be up to 200 times longer compared with conventional applications. Moreover, the much simplified circuit means reduced development and production costs. With this latest LEGIC feature it is possible to replace mechanical locks with a cost-effective contactless system. The system enhances company security and user comfort.

With this new version, LEGIC advant also supports the US federal government standard FIPS 201. This standard defines the technology for physical access systems for US federal employees and suppliers.

An additional new feature is the capability to read transponders based on the proprietary “Inside Contactless” protocol (ajar to ISO 15693). It can now also read the Unique Identification number (UID / CSN) for example of HID iClass transponders. A software upgrade can easily enhance existing LEGIC contactless systems by adding the advanced features.

For ready-made or OEM products, a world-wide network consisting of over 200 partners guarantees a high level of availability of LEGIC based access control applications and other all-in-one-card solutions.

About LEGIC Identsystems Ltd

LEGIC Identsystems Ltd, with headquarters in Switzerland, is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology. The LEGIC product portfolio includes highly integrated LEGIC RF Standard, ISO 15693 and ISO 14443 compliant read/write chip sets, security modules and transponder chips.

LEGIC Identsystems currently works with over 200 external partners world-wide who offer compatible LEGIC all-in-one-card applications including access control, e-payment, parking, e-ticketing and other multi-applications. More than 1 million readers and over 70 million credentials are successfully integrated in more than 50,000 work and leisure facilities worldwide.