New application areas are being discovered for the smart card almost every day, bringing a growth in demand for universal card readers which allow for fast card data access. With its ECO 5000 smart card reader, ORGA is now marketing an advanced device suitable for a wide variety of applications, especially in the end user area.
Prevailing standards for various smart card applications were taken into account when the ECO 5000 was still in the development phase, in order to ensure the reader’s optimum versatility. The card reader thus conforms to ISO 7816, complies with the HBCI specification for home banking as well as the relevant specifications for electronic purse systems.
ECO 5000 is available either as a desktop unit or as an integrated card reader for PCs, and is particularly suitable for flexible use in modern smart card solutions. It provides for communications conforming to Home Banking Computer Interface (HBCI) security level 1, based on a uniform API (Application Programming Interface), which standardizes access to all devices of the ECO product family.
The device, which runs under Windows 95/Windows NT, is simply connected to the parallel port of a PC, without interfering with printer operation. A version for connection to the USB port is currently being developed.
The basic configuration of the ECO 5000 supports protocols for processor cards and memory chipcards.
ORGA USA is the North American subsidiary of ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH Germany, one of the world’s leading developers of microprocessor-based smart card technology, with more than 550 employees worldwide. ORGA offers turnkey solutions for health care, banking, telecommunications and other emerging markets. ORGA has subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Great Britain, France, USA, CIS, China and South Africa as well as an agency in Singapore. Visit ORGA’s Web site at [www.orga.com]