Corporate Profile: Deister Electronics

Aug. 2, 2021

Deister Electronics was founded more than 40 years ago with a strong competency in electronics that quickly led to increasing expertise and a resulting core competency in radio-frequency ID (RFID). 

RFID was originally a radar technology developed for identifying friendly aircraft in World War II. For years, it was a relatively expensive technology, largely limited to applications in aerospace. In the 1980s, led by a small group of companies that included Deister and Hughes Aircraft, the technology was adapted to broader civilian use and debuted with the invention of the now-ubiquitous proximity card. Deister was instrumental in expanding this key application through Deister’s establishment of a global frequency and Deister’s single-chip prox card patent — a patent that drove the manufacture of most prox cards through the early 2000s.

Thus, since its founding, Deister Electronics has led the security industry in the application of RFID to develop, manufacture and integrate products in the areas of physical access control, physical key and asset management, electronic locks, logistics and supply chain, document assurance, vehicle identification, delivery van access and security, automated and secure data collection, agricultural livestock identification, RFID textile management and pigeon racing. Deister has attained a strong presence over those years, not through the often-damaging process of mergers and acquisitions but through organic growth fueled by the constant application of core principles to advanced products.

These product lines are unique and push the boundaries of the relevant technologies — protected by hundreds of Deister RFID and related patents, including the first single-chip prox card and the first woven antenna for textile applications. As Deister’s expertise grew, it has become the only company to encompass RFID underlying technology from 8 kilohertz through 2.45 gigahertz. Deister’s significant ongoing R&D investment continues to add applications and products to Deister’s offerings.

Deister was the first company to apply RFID to guard tour applications, the first to introduce a multitechnology access control reader to the market, the first to apply the advantages of RFID to key and asset management, the first to integrate key management into enterprise level access control, the first to apply RFID to pigeon racing and the first to introduce the concept of futureproofing to access control readers.

As an OEM supplier of custom security electronics to some of the biggest names in security, these technologies are also available to qualified value-added resellers in the security and related markets.

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