HID Global offers veriCLASS embedded reader platform

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HID Global has announced its veriCLASS payment and ticketing embedded reader platform. It claims the scalable solution gives developers everything they need to speed time to market for products that support closed and open loop payment schemes, plus all the major contactless technologies and protocols.

The platform includes integration tools, support, global product approvals and technology certifications. The associated Developer Tool Kit, online Developer Center and Embedded Device Manager enable integrators to take their own contactless solutions to market faster, apparently.

Remote servicing, diagnostics, firmware upgrades and lifecycle management of embedded veriCLASS readers are enabled by the Embedded Device Manager. The platform includes full European CE and US Federal Communication Commission modular approvals, so OEMs, system integrators and manufacturers of cashless payment and ticketing systems can gain certification of their solutions more quickly.

The veriCLASS platform supports card technologies including MIFARE, DESFire and iCLASS, a range of protocols and payment schemes including FeliCa, EMVCo, Calypso, MasterCard PayPass, Visa payWave and American Express expresspay, and operating systems including Windows and Windows CE/ Support for Linux and Mac will be supported early 2011, the company claims.

The veriCLASS platform can be embedded into a variety of payment and ticketing equipment including handheld, POS, kiosk and retail payment terminals, enabling applications such as automatic fare collection and ticketing, cashless payment, banking/ATM, vending and loyalty solutions. It includes three modules that are supported by HID’s Developer Tool Kit, Developer Center and Embedded Device Manager.

‘Until now, it was difficult for payment and ticketing system manufacturers to offer a single reader solution that could simultaneously support closed loop payment schemes – like automatic fare collection – and open-loop debit/credit card schemes on the same reader platform,’ comments Mark Scaparro, SVP, Identification Solutions, HID Global. ‘veriCLASS, coupled with HID’s Developer Center, provides system integrators, terminal manufacturers, OEMs and solution providers with everything they need to bring finished solutions to market faster than ever before.’

Dr Selva Selvaratnam, SVP and CTO, HID Global comments, ‘This offering gives developers the pre-certified hardware, firmware, tools and support necessary to build easily-upgradeable solutions that support the range of cashless payment and ticketing applications, technologies, protocols and payment schemes.’