An HID proximity card is a form used by individuals and businesses to secure identity, usually plastic, and about the size of a credit card. They are typically used as ID cards for companies, military personnel, hospitals, universities, hotels, etc.
HID proximity cards are known as smart cards because they can be read without being physically inserted into a reading device. Proximity cards are held close to an electronic reader, up to about two inches away or closer. The card and the reader communicate with each other by a radio frequency. These types of cards can typically be left inside a purse or wallet and can be read by simply holding the purse or wallet close to the reader – the actual card does not have to be seen. Most of these cards are used as company ID’s, access badges, and can also store an individual’s credentials within the card. Continue reading