The USB desktop device is an option for end users currently using contactless smart cards for building access, corporate/student IDs, and transit/cashless vending applications. It provides contactless technology for PC applications including log-on to Windows, networks, Web sites, and applications, as well as for secure storage of user names, passwords, and personal information. The device is based on a 13.56-MHz contactless smart-card RFID interface that complies with ISO specifications 14443 A&B and 15693. The reader works with a variety of 13.56-MHz contactless smart cards including Philips (MIFARE, DESFire, MIFARE ProX), and Texas Instruments (TagIt), among others. Omnikey, Am Klingenweg, 6 a, 65396 Walluf, Germany, 49 6123 7913 15, omnikey.com
PC-linked smart card reader
CardMan 5321, a PC-linked 3.56-MHz RFID smart-card reader, combines contact and contactless smart-card technology.