aptiQ™ Multi-Credential Reader: Mapping The Road To Increased Security

aptiQ™ meets the needs of magnetic stripe, proximity and smart card applications, allowing end-users expand and/or upgrade credential technologies easily.


• Accommodates interior, exterior, metal, and non-metal installation environments

• Tri-state LED (red, green, amber) visual indicator and audio feedback representing status and activity information, easily discernible for the audibly or visually impaired

• Wiegand output for simple interface with most access control panels

• May be ordered with RS-485 capability

• Multiple color options

• Limited Lifetime Warranty

The MT11 reader is a replacement for the SXF1100, XF1100, SXF1200, and XF1100 reader products.

 

Q & A: Jeremy Earles

Locksmith Ledger interviewed Jeremy Earles, marketing manager for readers and credentials at Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. Following are the Ledger’s questions and Earles’ answers.

 

What other electronics security brands are still owned by IR?

Schlage, Von Duprin, LCN; Steelcraft, Falcon,Ives,; Glynn-Johnson. Visit http://w3.securitytechnologies.com/irst/brands/Pages/default.aspx

 

What is your brand named and what products does your division offer?

First of all, there are no divisions in Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. There are different brands.

Readers and credentials from Ingersoll Rand are trademarked aptiQ (for smart technology) and XceedID (for proximity technology). Readers and credentials from Ingersoll Rand operate on an open standard protocol, independent of any particular software platform. This means our products interface with nearly any access control software on the market today to meet the wide variety of end user needs, independent of ties to any software. We have relationships with most software providers in the industry, including Vanderbilt, and our readers and credentials are almost always an option for end-users.

 

Can you explain what NFC proximity and RFID are, and what products you offer in each category?

This is a very broad question, but I’ll take an initial attempt to answer.

Proximity is a contactless RFID technology that allows you to read a card without physically touching it to the reader. The reader emits an electromagnetic field that “wakes up” the circuitry on the card, prompting the card to emit its card number “in the clear.” The reader then takes that information back to the panel and verifies it against a database to allow access to the door. Proximity is a popular and inexpensive access control credential, but security is very low as a proximity card could be skimmed and duplicated with little effort. Ingersoll Rand offers proximity technology throughout the line of multi-technology readers, which can read most existing formats of proximity cards in the market today, including proximity credentials produced by our competitors. These readers also give an easy way to start a migration of existing credentials to smart technology credentials, a more secure option for access control.

Smart cards look physically the same as a proximity card, but there are very big differences beyond that. The communication frequency for proximity is 125kHz, which is relatively low when compared to a smart card which transmits at 13.56MHz. That allows much more data to be transmitted at a much faster rate, which is very important given the amount of data that is securely communicated between a smart card and reader. The advantages of smart cards are that they’re more secure and they have the ability to store data for uses outside of security.

Three very important security features of an aptiQ™ smart card from Ingersoll Rand should be looked for in any “smart” solution: Encryption, Mutual Authentication and Diversified Keys.

Encryption refers to the communication speaking in a “hidden language” so if anyone tried to intercept or “skim” data, they would not be able to read it properly. Mutual Authentication is a preliminary handshake between the card and reader, ensuring that the credential knows it’s communicating with the proper reader before it gives up any secure data. And lastly, Key Diversification ensures that, in the event that someone does figure out how to hack into one credential, only that single credential could be compromised and not the entire card population. This is a very important point for security.

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