Category Archives: Mobile Card Readers

ACS an Exhibitor and Moderator in NFC Solutions Summit 2014

ACS was at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas, USA, for NFC Solutions Summit 2014 from Jun 3 to 4, 2014.

ACS exhibited the ACR122U, a CCID-compliant reader that also supports MIFARE, FeliCa, and ISO 14443 Type A and B technologies; and the ACR122T, a token version of the ACR122U that is both PC/SC and CCID-compliant. ACS will also display the ACR123, a terminal that offers far-ranging compatibility by supporting ISO 14443, MIFARE, MasterCard PayPass, and Visa payWave cards.

ACS also showed its latest contactless reader, the ACR1252, and its latest mobile card reader, the ACR35. The ACR1252 is one of the first in the industry to be certified by the NFC Forum to perform all three NFC modes and guarantee interoperability with other NFC devices. Meanwhile, the ACR35 is a reader for magnetic stripe and contactless cards that enables users to accept cashless payments, even through mobile devices that have no built-in NFC. 

ACS’s President for the Americas, Bob Merkert, was panel moderator for a track panel session on Jun 4. The topic will be: NFC and Identity Access Solutions.

NFC Solutions Summit has been touted as “the leading NFC showcase for the Americas.” Organized by the Smart Card Alliance, the event brings together leaders from different industry sectors to enable a cohesive picture of issues, milestones, and technology advancements in NFC markets. To learn more about the NFC Solutions Summit, visitwww.nfcsolutionssummit.com.

For more NFC and mobile payment solutions, visit www.acs.com.hk or email info@acs.com.hk.

ACS Launches ACR31 EasySwipe Application for iOS

Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS) has launched the ACR31 EasySwipe application, which displays information from bank cards swiped through the ACR31 Magnetic Stripe Card Reader. Supporting iOS 3.1 or higher , this application can show a banking card’s number, expiry date, service code and discretional data.

While the application is developed for demonstration purposes only, (and thus may not be used for actual banking transactions, purchases, etc.), it shows the functionality of ACR31 Magnetic Stripe Card Reader, and provides developers with cues when creating applications of their own using ACR31.

Developing a mobile application to be used with the ACR31 can enable the following benefits:

Mobility
The ACR31 Magnetic Stripe Card Reader is simply plugged into a smartphone or tablet. Used with a corresponding application, the ACR31 enables transactions anytime, anywhere.

Security
Data accessed via the ACR31 will be encrypted when sending into the mobile device, and therefore not be accessible to unauthorized parties.

Convenience
Because magnetic stripe card data will be accessed via smartphones or tablets—which most users already own—the time it takes for an end user to become familiar with the ACR31 is cut down. Downloading an app and plugging the ACR31 into his/ her smartphone or tablet is also much easier compared to setting up a comprehensive Point-of-Sales (POS) terminal.

Here are a few screen shots of the ACR31 EasySwipe application:

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Screengrabs from iPhone

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Screengrabs from iPad

The application may be downloaded for free through: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/acr31/id610210269?ls=1&mt=8

ACS will be coming out with an Android version of the EasySwipe application. Stay tuned for updates!