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Farpointe Data’s Ranger transmitter now supports MIFARE DESFire EV1

Published on 7 September, 2016
Farpointe Data announced that manufacturers, distributors, and integrators can now add a contactless smart card module with MIFARE Classic or the DESFire EV1 to their Ranger long range transmitters
MIFARE DESFire EV1 uses 128 AES encryption, the same as used by the U.S. federal government

Farpointe Data, the access control industry's trusted partner for RFID solutions, announced that access control manufacturers, distributors, and integrators can now add a 13.56-MHz contactless smart card module with MIFARE Classic or today's benchmark, the DESFire EV1, to their customers' Ranger long range transmitters, making them compatible and interoperable with Farpointe Data contactless smart card readers and credentials. The Ranger product line has always been compatible with Farpointe Pyramid proximity systems, being equipped with potted proximity supporting 26-bit Wiegand as well as custom Wiegand formats plus certain HID and AWID 125-kHz proximity protocols. Transmitter coding is sequential, exactly as ordered, with no over or under runs.

Compliant to all levels of ISO/IEC 14443A

"EV1 sets the security benchmark for presentation technology," emphasises Scott Lindley, President of Farpointe Data. "Access control system manufacturers, integrators, and dealers promoting long range reading will be able to tout greater security over MIFARE Classic smart card technology because MIFARE DESFire EV1 uses 128 AES encryption, the same as used by the U.S. federal government. MIFARE DESFire EV1 is based on open global standards for both air interface and cryptographic methods. It is compliant to all 4 levels of ISO/IEC 14443A and uses optional ISO/IEC 7816-4 commands."

"MIFARE DESFire EV1 is based
on open global standards for
both air interface and cryptographic methods"

Regarding other security issues, users can take advantage of the impressive read range, which allows the Ranger receiver to be installed on the secure side of an installation, out of harm's way.

Secondly, an element of the Ranger transmitter-to-receiver long-range, over-the-air protocol takes advantage of a secure, digital anti-playback routine. It is based on a custom enhanced rolling code variant of the Tiny Encryption Algorithm (TEA). The anti-playback feature virtually eliminates the risk of code sniffing and unauthorised cloning. Lastly, Ranger supports MAXSecure, a unique Farpointe option, providing a higher-security handshake, or code, between the transmitter and receiver to help safeguard against credential duplication and ensure that a specific end-user's receiver will only collect data from these specially coded transmitters.

Supports both long range and smart card presentation technologies

Used in conjunction with smart card technology, the Ranger transmitter supports both long range and smart card presentation technologies with a wide range of end-user applications. Long range access control solves a number of demanding access applications that call for extended read ranges, such as parking lots, alarm activation, building entrances, marina gates, facility lock-downs, remote door opening and more. It can be used in any application where pressing a button is more convenient than presenting a card. And, once at the facility's front door, the transmitter can still be used in lieu of a card.

For many, Ranger has been found to be an ideal solution for those applications where it's critical to move larger vehicles through a secure portal, such as aircraft in and out of a hanger or tractor trailers moving in and out of terminals. For the latter, oftentimes the private property on the unsecure side of a gate allotted for trucking is limited and local authorities frown greatly on a spill over onto public roadways. Competing solutions may have inconsistent range and cannot quickly move multiple, large vehicles through these areas. The added range reliably provided by the Ranger can eliminate this stack-up. Gated housing communities appreciate the long read range of Ranger, up to 200 feet, and marinas value the ruggedised construction of the Ranger, which is both weather- and vandal-resistant.

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