Monthly Archives: July 2013

ACS Launches Product Line Websites

Aside from making our smart card readers viewable through our website, we have come out with six websites, each featuring one of our smart card reader lines.

This is intended to help users make side-by-side comparisons of ACS readers more easily. Each product line website combines into one page all overviews of the ACS smart card readers that fall under it. Links to websites for individual products and other related content are also included in the product line websites.

We hope that this makes it easier for those interested in smart card technology to find the solution that best matches their needs. Below are links to the product line websites:

pclinkedreaderzonePC-Linked Readers — these CCID– and PC/SC–compliant readers come in all sizes and form factors, to match user needs and preferences.

simcardreaderzone PC-Linked Readers With Mass Storage —These sim-sized card readers come with flash drive feature, to extend capabilities of applications.

contactlessreaderzoneContactless Readers — these readers use NFC technology to facilitate different applications, such as logical access control and contactless payment.

pinpadreaderzoneSmart card readers with pinpad —these readers employ two-factor authentication (smart card + PIN) to secure contact and contactless applications. These handy readers may be attached with peripherals such as portable printers, for greater functionality.

fingerprintreaderzoneSmart card/fingerprint readers — these readers employ two-factor authentication (smart card + fingerprint) for contact and contactless applications. These readers use silicon sensors for better performance, easier implementation, and more savings.

otpreaderzoneDynamic password generators —these readers use one-time password (OTP) technology to address password theft, and limits exposure of sensitive information within itself, instead of exposing it to PC terminals and other devices vulnerable to online attacks.

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ACR89U-A2 Demo Videos

We have come out with 3 demo videos showing an example of how smart card technology can increase efficiency and convenience for transportation. Using the ACR89U-A2 software development kit (SDK), we simulated 3 different modules for the taxi fare-related transactions: registration of taxi passenger cards and driver e-purse cards, balance inquiry for driver/passenger cards, and standalone payment transfer.

Here are the videos:

Passenger/Driver Smart Card Registration

Balance Inquiry

Payment Transfer

The demo videos above are applicable not only to the ACR89U-A2, but also the ACR89 Series. In fact, the ACR89U-A2 SDK (which, as mentioned earlier, was used for these demos) provides users with sample applications, tools and utilities, and sample codes that may be used for the ACR89 in general. This will help users incorporate the device into their applications.

There are two readers in the ACR89 product line, the ACR89U-A1 and the ACR89U-A2. The ACR89U-A1 supports contact card–based transactions only, while the ACR89U-A2 supports both contact and contactless transactions. (Note that there is also the ACR89U-A1 SDK, for users more interested in contact card–based applications.)

The ACR89U-A2 SDK is priced at USD279, while the ACR89U-A1 SDK is priced at USD239.

Both readers of the ACR89 line are handheld, and may be used in conjunction with the PTR89, a portable thermal printer for immediate printing of receipts.

Applications for the ACR89 line are not limited to transport; other applications include those for e-government, e-banking and e-payment, e-healthcare, and loyalty.

Users interested in the ACR89, the ACR89U-A1/A2 SDKs, or similar solutions may email info@acs.com.hk.