ACS launches ACR1281S-C1 DualBoost II Serial Interface Reader

October 29, 2012

ACR1281S-C1 DualBoost II Serial Dual Interface ReaderHong Kong, 29 Oct, 2012 - Advanced Card Systems Ltd. (ACS, a 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 its ACR1281S-C1 DualBoost II Serial Dual Interface Smart Card Reader, the serial RS-232 version in the ACR1281 DualBoost II dual interface reader series. This serial version has been introduced to accommodate more devices, such as POS terminals, vending machines, and so forth, which have different serial ports.

The ACR1281S-C1 DualBoost II is an upgrade from the ACR128U DualBoost, ACS’s first-generation dual interface reader. The ACR1281S-C1 DualBoost II is more flexible and convenient, because it offers USB firmware upgrade, supports contact memory cards, and accommodates applications that are not PC-based through its serial interface. It also has excellent compatibility with existing and future systems. Other features include:

  • Support for a wide range of cards
    • Supports not only contactless cards (ISO 14443 types A&B cards, Mifare, Mifare DESFire, and Mifare Plus) but also ISO7816-compliant contact MCU and memory cards

  • Security
    • Has a built-in ISO7816-compliant secure access module (SAM) slot for safer transactions

  • Flexibility
    • Has serial RS-232 interface and driverless operation for easy integration to different devices, such as vending machines and POS terminalsIs firmware-upgradable to keep pace with future system enhancements

  • Intelligent support for hybrid and combi cards
    • Can detect contactless cards or contactless interface of hybrid /combi cards incorrectly inserted into the contact card slot

  • High performance for demanding applications
    • Has contactless extended APDU support and high read/write speed to quickly process large amounts of data

The ACR1281S-C1 is part of the ACR1281 DualBoost II dual interface reader series. Aside from the serial version, the series also includes a USB version, the ACR1281U-C1. Both serial and USB versions were designed while keeping in mind the all-in-one card concept, which enables access to multiple applications (such as physical access control, transportation, and e-government) through just one card. Organizations and cities are getting closer to making the all-in-one card a reality by issuing dual interface cards that serve a wide array of purposes. This increases the need for an efficient dual interface reader, and the ACR1281 DualBoost II series was designed to fill this need.

“A serial version of the dual interface reader is a more competitive reader-one that works with more devices, runs more applications, and is adapted more easily to changing systems,” said Mr Gilbert Leung, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of ACS. “Devices like the ACR1281S-C1 don’t just help users stick to a minimum number of devices for a maximum number of needs, but also improve the quality of life by streamlining technology.”

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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