Technology Overview

Hybrid technology


Contactless ID Technology

Contactless chip cards, so called Proximity Cards or Vicinity Cards, provide the user with many benefits: Due to the non-required mechanical contact with reading devices, they are basically free from wear. In addition to that, they feature a longer lifespan and hence a longer operating life expectancy. Furthermore, the cards are resistant to dirt and moisture. The data transfer is encoded and executed via electro-magnetic fields. In terms of manipulation, these contactless chip cards provide many advantages. Segmentation and sectoring will allow for the convenient storage of different applications (e.g. parking system and access control) on one single chip. 

There is a big variety of chip cards available from IDENTA for the following RFID technology:

  • Low-frequency energy and data transfer (LF, 125 - 135 kHz)
  • High-frequency energy and data transfer (HF, 13.56 MHz)
  • Ultra high-frequency (UHF) energy and data transfer (UHF, 850 - 950 MHz)


Chip cards/smart cards 
Plastic cards with a simple visible contact chip (also called golden chip) will be applied for cases where only the storing of data is important, e.g. fuelling cards, health insurance cards, fitness club cards or electronic guest cards etc.

Cryptographic smart cards (with visible processor chip or cryptochip) dispose of an efficient microprocessor. With its help you can exclusively access stored data. Such smart cards are mainly used for digital signature, single sign-on and secure identification,

Inductive ID cards

The inductive coding of ID cards is basically invisibly integrated into the ID card. Inductive or capacitive interconnection or radiation connections enable the transfer of energy and information. Once coded, the ID cards may not be re-coded again afterwards (static coding). Climatic application range: approx. -20C° to +65C°, moisture-resistant, very stable.

Cards with barcode

The barcode data of ID cards with barcode, consisting of variously wide codes and spaces, are mechanically scanned and electronically edited by optical reading devices, such as barcode readers (scanner) or cameras.

Cards with magnetic stripe

On the back of the card there is a magnetic stripe, coated with a magnetic metal oxide. For processing applications with this card, the data are read electronically by a pass-through card reader. Different magnetic field strengths are thereby distinguished, HiCo and LoCo. They are indicated by the color of the stripe.

Hybrid ID Cards

or so called Combination Cards

Due to the characteristics of the integrated data medium, it is also possible to operate several applications (and thus functions) with a single card. The user will experience an unlimited number of possible applications. Contact ID technologies can also be combined therewith, such as inductive cards, Bixi, Barcode, Magnetic Stripe and more and of course any combination thereof. For an overview of the combinable technologies we refer to the data sheet. Further RFID combinations on request.