FAQ - HID Proximity | iCLASS | Indala

HID cards are customer and site specific. In order to place an order for HID cards we would need to know the format and programming information. This can be obtained from the HID Sales Order Reference which is printed at the bottom on the rear of the card. It will look something like 21xxxxxx-1; 11xxxxxx-1; or COxxxxxx-1. Note we are only able to supply cards that have an Open format. If the format is found to be Proprietary you would need to purchase the cards from the Company who owns the Proprietary format. We will advise if this is the case.
If you are unable to quiz your Access Control System which will contain the information (this also applies for cards) you can send us the key fob so we can get it tested. Upon receipt of testing analysis we will be able to advise if we can supply the key fob and at the same time advise you of the programming information. Alternatively if you still have the key fob box the label will contain the programming information. See above for HID Sales Order References. Note we are only able to supply key fobs that have an Open format. If the format is found to be Proprietary you would need to purchase the cards from the Company who owns the Proprietary format. We will advise if this is the case.
No, and it is unlikely that any supplier would stock them unless the cards are required as un-programmed. The reason for this is because the cards are site specific and also format specific. Indala cards and readers have high encryption so all reader formats require their own corresponding card formats in order for the cards and readers to work together. To place an order for Indala cards we would need to know the format and programming information. This can be obtained from the HID Sales Order Reference which is printed at the bottom on the rear of the card. It will look something like 21xxxxxx-1 or 11xxxxxx-1. If your cards are not marked with the HID Sales Order Reference you would need to a) provide us with a sample card for testing, and B) send us a JPEG of the reader back-plate. To get an image of the reader back-plate you would need to remove the reader’s outer casing. Note we are only able to supply cards that have an Open format. If the format is found to be Proprietary you would need to purchase the cards from the Company who owns the Proprietary format.
If both systems are operating independently the most cost effective way would be to add a tag to the card. For example an employee working in Building A (Proximity) with a Proximity card would need a HID iClass 206X series adhesive tag stuck to it; and an employee working in Building B (iClass) with an iClass card would need a HID Microprox 1391 series Proximity adhesive tag stuck to it so each employee can access the other office. Note: that regardless of the technology type the number range cannot be duplicated so for example if the Proximity cards have a number range of 001-200 you would need to have another number range for the iClass adhesive tags. The same principle would apply for iClass Cards you would need another range for the Microprox adhesive tags. It is also advisable, if your system can take multiple site codes, to have a separate site code so you can clearly identify the sequence of cards and the sequence of adhesive tags. This is particularly prudent if it is likely that you will need to add additional cards to the system.
No, Clamshell cards cannot be printed on due to the material type and the thickness of the card. It is however possible to print onto a WHITE PVC Fotodek Self Adhesive 480 micron Card which can then be stuck onto the Clamshell card. Alternatively you could replace the cards with the HID-1386 Isoprox card which can be printed on using a dye sublimation printer such as Magicard, Evolis or Datacard Printer.
Yes, you can directly print on them by using a dye sublimation printer such as Magicard, Evolis or Datacard Printer.
Yes, you just have to ensure that a follow on number range is used. Note that regardless of the card type or site code, the number range of the cards cannot be duplicated.
Yes, you just have to ensure that the key fobs are the same technology and that the number range follows on from the card number range. Some customers prefer to start the number range with a higher number so they can distinguish the card number range from the key fobs, but this isn’t an actual requirement, they can just be followed on accordingly. Note the same principle would apply for a site with key fobs wanting to add cards.
Yes, you just have to ensure that the key fobs are the same technology.
Providing the other Manufacturer’s reader doesn’t have a bespoke format it is possible to use HID cards. In general the Standard 26 bit Card Format (H10301) would apply and cross use of HID Proximity cards with other Manufacturers readers is quite common with Proximity. In the case of iClass or Mifare you would need to check if the readers support iClass and Mifare technologies before purchasing cards. Both iClass and Mifare technologies (13.56mhz) have higher levels of security so there could potentially be compatibility issues. We would always recommend testing a sample card with your systems before purchasing any cards.
It rather depends on; A) the type of reader you have, and B) how much memory you need for 3rd party applications. If you have a reader that is just reading the unique CSN (Card Serial Number) then all you require is an un-programmed card such as MF-1K (or MF-4K for larger memory) which comes with its own unique CSN as this card is considerably cheaper than an HID un-programmed card. However if you have a Mifare sectored reader then you would need a programmed card such as a HID programmed card. An HID programmed card not only has its own unique CSN (Card Serial Number), it is formatted and also has site code and number range programming. Note: some Mifare sectored readers may have different locked sector keys to that of HID Mifare sectored readers and in such instances the Manufacturer’s ‘branded’ sector reader will only be able to read cards that are ‘branded’ under the manufacturer’s banner. Given this is the case we would always recommend testing a sample card with your systems before purchasing any cards.

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