HID® Expands Reader Module Portfolio to Support the Next Generation of Seamless Access Across Connected Workspaces

Written by Kirsten Campbell

HID, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, recently launched the OMNIKEY SE Reader Core. This module is designed to drive more intelligence inside and out of smart access solutions to help organizations strengthen and broaden authentication and verification practices.

WHAT: The HID OMNIKEY SE Reader Core evolves physical and logical access across connected workspaces, healthcare environments, education, campuses, office buildings and beyond. It allows integrators to design next-level mobile functionality into devices for both physical and logical access.

This reimagined reader core is the successor to HID’s flagship iCLASS SE Reader Module line – and today’s migration pathway for existing partners and customers interested in taking intelligent access to the next level across their premises. It offers new customers seamless access to an expanding universe of use cases that require robust RFID-based authentication and verification. 

The OMNIKEY SE Reader Core is built on the new OMNIKEY platform that consolidates and optimizes HID’s desktop reader and reader module offerings to create a smarter, unified embedded and desktop product portfolio. It is mobile-ready by default, including Apple’s Enhanced Contactless Polling (ECP) to support credentials in Apple Wallet.

WHY: The OMNIKEY SE Reader Core strengthens integration capabilities, empowering customers and partners to build a wider range of authentication and verification solutions used within several use cases. By using a single, consolidated development system, organizations can now more easily create secure, convenient access experiences for users navigating through buildings and connected spaces – cultivating a seamless and holistic access experience.

In addition to the small size for easy integration, OMNIKEY SE Reader Core supports high and low frequency credentials including HID Mobile Access via Bluetooth® Low Energy and Apple Wallet. It offers a full developer tool kit for simpler deployment and upgrades and optimized in-field firmware updates. 

HOW: The OMNIKEY SE Reader Core is based on proven technology provided by the OMNIKEY Secure Element. It allows for easy migration from legacy hardware to the new generation of OMNIKEY embedded modules. It is compliant with the highest security standards and supports a broad range of credentials. OMNIKEY SE Reader Core acts as a key to the HID ecosystem of access, enabling contactless authentication for multiple use cases, including access control to elevators, turnstiles, EV charging stations, vending machines, smart lockers, and time and attendance tracking.


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