To users, readers are the most tangible part of an access control system. They interrogate users' transponders, sending credential data onto a system, sometimes writing new data. A reader's appearance is also a major consideration when it is must blend into its setting. However, readers also fill a vital role in a system’s functionality. That's why a reader's dependability is crucial to the entire system's functionality. For example, readers that withstand low temperatures and other harsh conditions might be essential to a system. Above all, readers must preserve security. These are just a few considerations Idesco designs into its future-proofed RFID readers, designed for modern ID systems.
RFID readers must be able to stay on the job without monitoring and constant maintenance. That's why, at Idesco, we build our readers to meet the two highest SFS-EN 62262 durability ratings, withstanding impacts up to 20 joules. We do it by encasing our reader's internal electronics in epoxy that fills their entire housing, and designing pin pads without easily-damaged moving parts. The result is a tough reader that system integrators and users alike have learned to trust above all others.
Readers for harsh environs
A reader's protection class tells how well it withstands dust and moisture. Idesco's IP67 protection class guarantees our readers won't permit any dust or moisture inside the housing. Finland is regularly exposed to harsh extremes in temperature, frost and humidity. So, we design our readers to withstand them, making our pin pads without moving keys to prevent snow or ice obstruction. (Planning to install in a hot environment? Our readers are rated from -40 °C to +55 °C!) Experience has taught us that designing to such extremes both protects a reader's functionality and keeps maintenance convenient. The result today is Idesco readers enjoy the highest combined IP and durability (SFS-EN 62262) scores of any reader sold in Europe - and they continue earning the trust of integrators and users across the world.
It pays to plan for a system's future evolution while you're still designing it. Standardized, open technology readers are the wisest choice for ensuring future compatibility across your system. That's because an open technology lets you source different reader brands when expanding or updating your system, making it your most cost-effective choice. It's why Idesco builds its readers to support MIFARE and EPC standards, in addition to the Legic ecosystem.
The evolution of RFID systems is accelerating as they are integrated into Information Technology. Idesco's highly configurable, conveniently updated readers could become an important factor for lowering the cost of your system's future evolution. How? First, their dynamic configurability already lets you deploy them confidently across a wider range of applications. (For example, patching an auxiliary antenna to Idesco's EPC reader allows it to deploy like two, separate readers, interrogating vehicle traffic on opposing lanes.) Second, Idesco readers' convenient updating lets your system evolve longer without device replacement. They can be updated or even reconfigured with a configuration card while still powered and installed. By supporting multiple technologies they not only flex to your system's changing needs, they also migrate - profoundly lowering costs!
Idesco designs it readers to define convenience. For example, we designed our Quattro housing to fit over electrical sockets, for ideal siting over existing socket holes to avoid laying additional cable. The profile of our Slim housing was designed to ensure its perfect fit on standard doorframes. We have even designed a variety of accessories to speed their on-site installation, actually enhance their performance and improve appearance.
Flawless system interaction
A quality RFID reader should always be able to accommodate the major system interfaces. Naturally, this is an integral feature designed into almost all Idesco readers. We have also maximally engineered them to protect your system's security, for example by including flexibly programmable tamper alarms for transmission to your system whenever a reader is being pried from its surface or similarly tampered with. Lastly, our readers are designed to function across a very wide voltage range; they will stay on-the-job through brownouts that shut other brands down.
Idesco's latest generation RFID readers deploy MIFARE® DESFire technology, now the most secure RFID technology on the market. DESFire protects transponders' application data from hackers and cloners with keys encrypted by truly robust TDES and AES ciphers. This is what guarantees nobody can read your transponders except your own system's readers. Even when you don't deploy DESFire or Mifare Classic you can still powerfully strengthen your system's security by deploying Idesco pin pad readers to accept user's pin codes.
Low energy consumption
The newest Idesco RFID readers draw as little as 60% of the power used by competitors' readers on the market. So, our readers' low power consumption not only means a lower energy bill, it can also mean lower peripherals costs (e.g. APUs, converters) for your system - lowering overall costs even further.
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We built a reader comparison table both to help system integrators and resellers in their search for the right reader for their customer, as well as help familiarize the end-user with the important features of our various models. We are confident you will find it helpful and handy.