HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, announced it has expanded its secure identity credentials offering to support the latest MIFARE™ DESFire EV1 technology. The MIFARE DESFire EV1 card joins HID Global’s widely adopted iCLASS™ card portfolio to expand customer options for deploying the highest levels of security, while maximizing the value of their credential investment by enabling multiple applications on a single card.

HID’s expanded secure Genuine HID™ card offering includes both MIFARE DESFire EV1-only and combination MIFARE DESFire EV1/Prox credentials. Available in PVC and durable composite PET/PVC construction, the cards are designed for diverse applications and can accept an embeddable contact chip for logical access ID systems.

“HID’s latest cards are ideal for multi-technology migration requirements, and enable MIFARE DESFire EV1 applications to be added to an existing HID Prox-based access control system,” said David Nichols, Director, Market Strategy for Secure Identity with HID Global. “This and other HID Global migration options enable customers to move from legacy low-frequency to advanced high-frequency technology. By providing the latest MIFARE DESFire EV1 card technology, HID extends the Genuine HID value proposition and supports customers with the industry’s broadest range of secure identity credential technologies.”

To provide the most extensive range of backwards compatibility with existing systems, HID high frequency cards are available with prox and magnetic stripe options. In addition, MIFARE DESFire EV1 cards can be programmed to user specifications and fully personalized with a wide range of customization options that are offered through HID’s Identity on Demand™ services. HID Global’s MIFARE DESFire EV1 cards reinforce the Genuine HID value proposition, extending the company’s complete line of interoperable solutions and associated support offerings that optimize security investments over time.

MIFARE DESFire EV1 technology is proven and reliable, and delivers transaction times of less than 100 milliseconds for a typical secure transaction. Based on open global standards, the technology is fully compliant with ISO 14443A 1-4 specifications and has been awarded CC EAL 4+ certification for card security. Availability HID Global’s new MIFARE DESFire EV1 credentials are available in all regions from the company’s network of distributors, OEMs and system integrators. More information can be found.

ARCONTIA, a Swedish producer of contactless smart card readers and terminals, announces its latest reader software support package to be used with Arcontia’s product family of contactless smart card readers. The launch marks the latest features to Arcontia’s new product line of smart card products designed for e-ticketing and e-payment markets.

By using either 128 bits AES or 3KDES encryption for MIFARE DESFire EV1, 128 bit AES encryption for MIFARE Plus and 3KDES for MIFARE UltraLight C, the new reader platform guarantees the highest levels of security for companies migrating their ticketing or payment systems.

MIFARE Plus is 100% compatible with MIFARE Classic since it emulates MIFARE Classic at its Level 1. By switching over to Level 2 mode, which requires AES authentication, or Level 3 mode, which requires AES for both authentication and communication, the migration to higher security levels will be both smooth and reliable.

MIFARE DESFire EV1 is a flexible and modern smart card using a file structure that can contain several applications with multiple keys. The card has a built-in backup functionality and provides high speed communication.

MIFARE UltraLight C is fully compatible with existing MIFARE infrastructure and can therefore be easily integrated in current contactless solutions. It is the successor of MIFARE UltraLight now with support for 3KDES encryption. The command set is compatible to MIFARE UltraLight and the authenticate commands are equal to MIFARE DESFire EV1.

In addition to the MIFARE family, the Arcontia reader product family supports Smart MX and several other smart cards used in cashless ticketing and payment applications. To this, the reader platform incorporates up to 4 high speed SAM slots (Secure Access Module) and the reader software supports the latest MIFARE AV1 and MIFARE AV2 SAMs from NXP.

The Arcontia smart card reader portfolio was on display at the Cartes exhibition in Paris on December 7-9, 2010. Developer’s Kits for C++ and .NET development are now available for delivery, and include easy to use classes that simplify the security usage of advanced features, allowing system integrators to focus on application development.

About Arcontia

Arcontia has been active in the smart card industry since 1996 and is today a leading producer of contactless smart card readers and terminals for e-ticketing and e-payment markets. The company’s focus is to deliver reliable, high quality readers featuring the latest technology and market requirements for easy adoption and integration of smart card applications. Local office is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Diversification of 24 bytes (3-key) TDEA keys
The following diagram shows the 24-byte TDEA key diversification scheme.
DES DIV Constant 3: 0×31
DES DIV Constant 4: 0×32
DES DIV Constant 5: 0×33
DIV Input: Message with length of 31 bytes. This DIV input contains the DES DIV constant, UID of the card and padding, if necessary.