Cherry smart card readers receive FIPS 201 certification

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI. - Cherry's new SR-4300 ExpressCard reader and ST-1210 stand-alone smart card readers are now FIPS 201 certified by the General Services Administration (GSA) for use with Personal Identification Verification (PIV) smart cards.

The ST-1210 is a CCID-compliant, low-profile USB contacting reader, designed for one-hand operation. At just 105mm x 70mm x 12mm high, it is easily transportable and fits in even small workspaces.

The SR-4300 ExpressCard reader is already being bundled with notebooks for applications in federal government agencies. The reader is also suitable for a broad range of non-government applications, and it is being adopted widely, as the ExpressCard interface displaces PC Cards in new laptop and notebook computers.

Cherry's new smart card readers are also PC/SC compliant and compatible with ISO7816 (Class A, B, C), so they are suitable for typical smart card applications in single sign-on (SSO) and logical access control. Both SR-4300 and ST-1210 carry 2 year warranties and have a typical operating life of 100,000 card swipes.

Under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the FIPS201 standard to define technical requirements associated with PIV cards.

For further information on the new smart card reader, contact a Cherry input device specialist at ZF Electronics Corporation, 11200 88th Avenue, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158. Telephone: 800-510-1689. Email: Website: Product page: