FAQs About Prox Cards

Frequently Asked Questions About Prox Cards

Q: What are proximity or prox cards?
Proximity or “Prox Cards” communicate through an antenna similar to contactless smart cards except that they are readonly. Popular uses include: security, identification, and access control.

Q: Are prox cards expensive?
Prox cards do not need to be expensive. At Higgins, we work with major vendors to secure your card at a competitive price. There is no need to compromise on quality to get the card you need. Our cards provide a secure trusted credential based on industry standards such as FIPS 201, X.509 digital certificates, OPACITY, and PLAID.

Q: Why should I order my prox cards through Higgins?
As an ISG preferred distributor with over 60 years of experience, Higgins will make the card companies compete for your business, driving down your cost while selecting the exact card for your specific needs.

Q: Why shouldn’t I just order my prox cards online?
While the online companies are in it for only the short term sale, at Higgins you’ll also be provided with a dedicated rep to guide you through the process and help you the entire way with anything that you might have questions about.

More Frequently Asked Questions About Card Technologies

Q: What are hybrid/twin cards?
Hybrid/twin cards contain two or more embedded chip technologies such as a prox chip with its antenna and a contact smart chip with its contact pads. These cards accommodate legacy system infrastructure while adding applications that require different e-card technologies.

Q: What are combi cards?
Combi cards contain one smart chip that can be accessed through either contact pads or an embedded antenna. Popular uses include: mass transit and access control combined with other applications such as network security, vending, meal plans, loyalty, etc.

Q: What are contact cards?
Contact cards are the size of a conventional credit or debit card with a single embedded integrated circuit chip that contains just memory or memory plus a microprocessor. Popular uses include: network security, vending, meal plans, loyalty, electronic cash, government IDs, campus IDs, e-commerce, and health cards.

Q: What are contactless cards?
Contactless cards contain an embedded antenna (instead of contact pads) attached to the chip for reading and writing information contained in the chip’s memory. Popular uses include: student identification, electronic passports, vending, parking, tolls, and IDs.

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