Smartair access control utilises smart cards as the interface between the doors and the host PC. A smart card is a device capable of storing data on board and also having the ability to collect data in a system and pass that data around.
The security industry has seen huge growth in smart card technologies and while our own system utilises Mifare as the smart card platform, several other variants exist that have the potential to be used in an access control system. If you have any of the following cards in use (HID iClass, Legic, PicoPass & Mifare DESFire) then these can be incorporated into an access control solution like Smartair based on the fact that they have the ability to read and write data to the cards.
The Mifare 1K Classic (as used in Smartair by Abloy) is the most popular smart card in the security marketplace and has been used as the technology behind the Oyster Card in London Transport and also the technology used in season ticket schemes for many football clubs. In both cases, it is the ability to read data and write information back to the card that made the product suitable.