Smart Cards

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Smart card access control

Contactless, proximity smart cards are used by employees and visitors to operate your time and attendance systems.

All Tensor smart cards and key fobs use the same well-proven and reliable RF (radio frequency) reading technology. This gives a consistent read range that is unaffected by most external conditions. Our cards are approximately the size of a standard credit card, plus they’re thin and flexible enough to be carried in your wallet or on a lanyard with no discomfort.

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How our smart cards work

Each smart card reader transmits a 125kHz frequency field (the electromagnetic field), which is picked up by an aerial in the smart card. The reader has two read bands within this field; an inner and outer band, and these are controlled and rapidly oscillated by the reader onboard microprocessor.

The smart card microchip is a passive device that holds a unique factory encoded ID number that cannot be duplicated, making it very secure. As a smart card enters the reader’s electromagnetic field, it is automatically activated by the field’s energy.

Smart card integrity

With up to 34 billion different combinations of ID numbers, there is no chance of duplication. In addition, each ID number has built-in security and integrity checks ensuring that it cannot be misread.

A cross-reference list correlating the external printed card number and the programmed ID number is also provided, for easy system administration. Our smart cards work seamlessly with your time and attendance software, access control software, or HR software.

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Key features of access control smart cards

  • Supported card formats include EM, HID Prox, HID iClass, MiFare, and DESFire
  • Compact, has no battery and can be read an infinite number of times
  • Factory encoded ID code cannot be duplicated, therefore very secure
  • 34 billion different combinations of ID number
  • Unique printed and programmed ID number on each card
  • RF technology allows cards to work through wallet, purse or handbag
  • Hard-wearing and weather-resistant

In addition, we can also provide smart card software, which gives you an easy way to professionally produce your own ID cards with our ID Badge Designer. Simply print off adhesive labels for photos featuring your company logo in seconds and the card is ready to use. Alongside this, we can assist construction sites with our specific CSCS card wizard, designed for contractors and workers, or prison passes approved by HMPs around the country.

Buy Extra Smart Cards

Extra smart cards for your time and attendance or access control systems are available to buy on our online shop

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smart card case study

Case study: Bioquell

Bioquell originally approached Tensor back in 2008 regarding a system that could handle both electronic access control and time and attendance. The company employs approximately 250 members of staff in the UK, with 150 of them working across the two sites where the Tensor systems have been installed...

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Smart card readers

Explore our range of proximity smart card readers and scanners for access control, designed to secure access to and from your business and certain areas or rooms.

Smart Card Readers

Control your workforce’s access control, time and attendance with our range of contactless proximity smart cards and smart card readers/scanners.

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