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SCM Microsystems Announces Portable Smart Card Reader and Software Development Kit for Multiple Contactless Applications

2009-09-17

SANTA ANA, Calif. and ISMANING, Germany, Sept. 17 -- SCM Microsystems, Inc. a leading provider of solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange, today announced the SCL3711, a new portable contactless smart card reader capable of supporting multiple contactless applications, from mobile payments to transportation, access control and e-government.

The SCL3711 is a high-performance, fully interoperable, multi-protocol portable USB reader that supports all major 13.56 MHz contactless technologies, including ISO 14443 type A&B, FeliCa(TM), MIFARE(R) and DESFire. It additionally has the unique ability to enable devices with NFC (Near Field Communication) connectivity - just by inserting it into a free USB port or integrating it directly into the respective device. Hence, it resolves problems of compatibility and conflicting standards that have limited more widespread use of contactless devices.

"Contactless technology is already broadly used in the government, financial and enterprise sectors, and new programs are continually being rolled out. Our SCL3711 device helps to accelerate the many innovative contactless projects our customers have planned," said Felix Marx, chief executive officer of SCM Microsystems. "The reader brings two big advantages: First, it supports all major contactless smart card standards and protocols, which makes it universally useful. And second, due to its small and portable form factor, the reader can easily be used in different environments. With the SCL3711, SCM Microsystems is once again demonstrating our ability to innovate with existing and new technologies to meet the needs of a strongly growing market."

Due to its size, the reader can easily be used at home or on the road. It is designed to go everywhere and can be clipped on a key ring. The reader facilitates new and emerging contactless applications, such as purchasing tickets, logging on to a computer or network, downloading loyalty coupons and using eGovernment applications - all without having to swipe or insert payment or IDs cards. The SCL3711 further augments SCM's portfolio of smart card readers, which also includes dual interface readers and tokens as well as contactless readers for desktop and mobile environments.

A complete software development kit (SDK) for contactless and NFC applications is also available for developers. The kit contains both the NFC-enabled smart card readers SCL3711 and SCL010 from SCM Microsystems, as well as a variety of popular contactless tags in different designs, comprehensive documentation, source code examples and demo applications. A professional license of SCM's Smart Card Commander development and test software is included with the development kit, making it a powerful toolset for application developers.

About SCM Microsystems, Inc.

SCM Microsystems is a global leader in security and identity solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange. Together with its Hirsch Electronics subsidiary, SCM provides complete, integrated solutions that secure digital assets, electronic transactions and facilities. The company offers the world's broadest range of contact, contactless and mobile smart card reader technology; physical and logical access control systems; digital identity transaction platforms; biometrics; and digital video. SCM's solutions enable a wide variety of applications including enterprise security, identity management, contactless payment, e-health and electronic government services.

Websites: www.scmmicro.com

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