ACS's new ACR33U-A1 SmartDuo enhances smart card transactions with its dual slot feature

January 11, 2012

ACR33U SmartDuoHONG KONG, 11 Jan 20112– Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), Asia Pacific's number 1 supplier and one of the world's top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers (Source: Frost & Sullivan), launches the latest addition to its PC-Linked Smart Card Readers Series-the ACR33U-A1 SmartDuo. A device featuring an ingenious design for two full-sized smart cards and three SAM cards, the SmartDuo provides a quick, secure and cost effective way to implement various smart card applications.

ACR33U-A1 SmartDuo's dual slot design provides the benefit of handling smooth and uninterrupted transactions. With its ability to hold and process two full-sized smart cards simultaneously, it eliminates the need to alternate between two smart cards that are required to implement certain applications. In various smart card-based services, the device can hold the service provider’s card in one slot, while the other slot remains open for use by any individual availing the said service. This results in faster and smoother transactions, with the added advantage of enhanced security since the device not only authenticates each end user, but also validates the authority of the service provider managing every single transaction.

"The introduction of the dual slot solution resulted from our objective of providing service providers and end users alike with a way to get the most out of every transaction they perform using their smart cards. By having this kind of mindset and actions to match, ACS is able to remain on top of its game as a provider of smart card technology products, and in the process, ensures that customer demands are satisfied amidst the ongoing increase of popularity of smart cards worldwide," said Mr. Gilbert Leung, ACS Sales Director.

ACR33U-A1 SmartDuo is compatible with ISO 7816 Class A smart cards, microprocessor cards with the T=0 and T=ACR33U SmartDuo1 protocol, and most memory cards that are commonly available in the market. It connects to the PC via its USB Full Speed host interface, and has a read/write speed of 344 Kbps. ACR33U-A1 SmartDuo is a highly portable and durable smart card reader, measuring only 103.5 mm x 85.0 mm x 59.9 mm and capable of at least 200,000 card insertion cycles. Besides its dual slot feature, it also has 3 SAM (Secure Access Module) card slots that allow the device to cater to smart card applications requiring a higher level of security. Likewise, ACR33U-A1 SmartDuo is both PC/SC and CCID compliant, making it easy to install and use in PC environments. It is a highly powerful tool that can be used to provide security and convenience in applications such as e-Banking and e-Payment, e-Government, e-Healthcare, Physical and Logical Access Control, and Network Security.

Learn more about the ACR33U-A1 SmartDuo here.


About ACS

Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems Holdings Ltd., SEHK: 8210), founded in 1995, is Asia Pacific's top supplier and one of the world's top 3 suppliers of PC-linked smart card readers, as well as the winner of the Product Quality Leadership Award for Smart Card Readers from Frost & Sullivan. One of the companies on Forbes Asia's 2010 “Best Under a Billion" list, a prestigious list of 200 top-performing companies with sales between US$5 million and US$1 billion, selected from 12,930 publicly listed enterprises in Asia Pacific, ACS develops a wide range of high quality smart card reading/writing devices, smart cards and related products and distributes them to over 100 countries worldwide. Visit ACS at