Productivity Enhancement Products (PEP), a leading provider of writeable, non-contact access control devices, will show off its latest access control solutions as part of this month’s Card Tech/Secure Tech trade show at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., April 27-30.Product demonstrations will be ongoing at booth 1931 and at various show locations.
PEP is a member of the show’s Card Team and has provided 50 of its PEPLock Access Control Systems card readers for use by show staff at the registration table and at each conference session. The system will be used to register show and conference attendees.
The PEPLock, a contactless Mifare card reader, will make it possible for show officials to track conference participation by each attendee and assign “loyalty” points as part of a give-away promotion. Mifare is an industry standard for Smart Cards and is recognized by the International Standards Organization (ISO).
PEP’s partners, Giesecke and Devrient America Inc. (G&D) and Schlumberger, both makers of Mifare smart cards, will also be using the PEPLock in their booths.Typical applications for the PEPLock system are access control, transit fare boxes, affinity cards, health/other benefit cards, and assembly work-in-progress tracking.
The PEPLock secure access control system uses passive radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and combines the functionality of a credit card-sized smart card with the ease of a proximity card. The system consists of proximity smart cards, a PEP reader/writer, an antenna and a host communications port.
A PEPLock Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) is available at the show for those wishing to develop an application using contactless smart cards, or for those wishing to explore the technology further. The SDK includes a PEPLock with an RS232 DB9 host connection, a power adapter, two contactless smart cards and manuals. The standard SDK provides a graphical user interface (GUI) using standard OCX controls. PEP has recently released a description of the reader’s protocol giving users the ability to bypass the OCX controls of the standard development kit and to communicate directly with the reader. This gives users more direct control over the functions of the unit.
Another product to be demonstrated to show attendees is the authenticator. Used in applications requiring both privacy and security, the authenticator makes home banking, stock transactions and Internet commerce safer by keeping personal user information private. It does this by acting as a security “wedge” between the PC and the keyboard as it isolates the keyboard from the computer when entering information.Productivity Enhancement Products is the world leader in writeable, non-contact access control devices. In addition to contact and contactless smart card systems, PEP offers a variety of specialized products and services, including some of the world’s fastest data encryption devices, battery-operated portable hand-held computers, and Radio Frequency Identification Systems.
PEP has headquarters at 20672 Merit Circle, Suite 110, Laguna Hills, Calif., 92653. Phone 714/348-4242. Web site [http//www.pepinc.com].