iClass is a proprietary technology made by HID. iCLASS cards combine magnetic strip functionality with a contactless smart card. Based on RFID, iCLASS smart cards use a high-frequency radio technology rather than the low frequencies used in proximity cards to communicate with door readers.
HID’s iCLASS SE platform goes beyond the traditional smart card model to offer a secure, standards-based, and flexible platform for highly adaptable, interoperable, and secure access control. As part of HID’s iCLASS SE platform for advanced security, the readers utilize state-of-the-art authentication through the platform’s Secure Identity Object (SIO) data model for trusted and secure communication between the card and reader to prevent unauthorized access.
The iCLASS SE reader line is built on the Security Industry Association (SIA) Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) standard which ensures secure transmission of data from the reader to the controller. Additionally, iCLASS SE readers support mobile devices utilizing Seos, enabling a new class of portable identity credentials that can be securely provisioned and safely embedded into both fixed and mobile devices.
Seos is a technology that enables a new generation of smart devices to function as identity credentials. Seos enables an open ecosystem in which credentials, readers, and applications from different manufacturers can communicate over NFC or Bluetooth. NFC stands for near-field communication and allows phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices to share data with other NFC-equipped devices. NFC evolved from radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology.
NFC is limited to communication within about four inches. Most people consider NFC’s small radius a major security benefit, and it’s one of the reasons that NFC has taken off as a secure alternative to credit cards. NFC can also transfer data like videos, contact information, and photos between two NFC-enabled devices.
Seos enables secure identities to be truly mobile. A user’s identity is no longer hardwired into an access card but can be digitally encoded onto a phone or a wearable. Seos can enable any smart device to become a credential.