Portable Smart Card Readers Enhance Online Security
Thu, 10/08/2009 - 12:10pm
SCM Microsystems, Inc. (SCM) is expanding its smart card reader product family with three new models that usher in a new era of compact, portable, personal devices. The new handheld, USB or Near Field Communication (NFC) connected readers, designated SCR3500 SmartFold, the SCT3511 and the @MAXX lite, are designed to be carried on key rings, in pockets or purses and used every day with contact or contactless smart cards, regardless of technology or manufacturer. SCM's new readers enable cardholders to use their smart cards anytime, anywhere with PCs, the Internet or other terminals. Many models allow physical access to buildings, too. Cardholders can use the reader to pay more securely or to authenticate their network identities with banks, employers, government agencies, or healthcare providers. They can even download discounts or promotion links from NFC smart posters, take them home and load them into a PC. SCM will make them available in August through both OEM and distribution channels.