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Access control cards are the easier, more secure way to control entry into your building – with a simple wave of a card your employees, students, visitors, or members can walk in with waiting to be buzzed in or unlock a door, and you can track card use. When it comes to designing your access control system, you can choose from many different styles of prox cards.

  • Prox Cards

    Whether they are made from PVC or a composite material, printable or key fobs, proximity cards come in a wide range of styles.

    • Standard Prox Cards

      A standard proximity card is made from white PVC and the same size as a CR80 ID card. PVC is the most common card material.

    • Composite Prox Cards

      A composite proximity card is made from a combination of PVC and polyester, making it better able to withstand lamination and reverse transfer printing than a standard PVC card.

    • Clamshell Prox Cards

      Clamshell proximity cards are thicker than normal 30mil cards. Due to this thicker size you cannot print on clamshell cards using an ID card printer.

    • Magnetic Stripe Prox Cards

      Magnetic stripe proximity cards allow you to encode additional data on the card using a HiCo magnetic stripe along with the access control functionality.

    • Prox Cards for Printing

      Not all prox cards can be printed on using an ID card printer – these access control cards are made from specialized materials that work with your card printer.

    • Prox Card Key Fobs

      Prox card key fobs are designed to fit right on your key ring so you never leave the house without your access control card.

    • Prox Card Adhesive Tags

      Small enough to be stuck onto an existing employee ID card, phone, or wallet, these adhesive tags convert objects into access control cards.

    • Corporate 1000

      HID’s exclusive Corporate 1000 program allows members to register their card information with HID to track their card information.

  • Smart Cards

    Smart cards differ from prox cards in one major way – smart cards can read and write data, allowing them to be used in a wider range of applications.

    • iCLASS Cards

      HID iCLASS cards were first introduced in 2002, building off of the technology and convenience of proximity cards.

    • MIFARE Cards

      MIFARE smart cards are a brand of ISO 14443 Type A 13.56 MHz contactless smart card encoding technology, using read/write functionality to securely share information.