Why Upgrade Your MIFARE® DESFire EV1 Cards?


Since 1994, businesses have been utilising MIFARE® technology. If your business is using MIFARE® DESFire EV1 Cards, now is the time to look at joining the migration over to the powerful MIFARE® DESFire EV2 range! But why is that?

In this blog, we will be looking at the latest generation of MIFARE® chip and the benefits of upgrading your businesses existing smart cards to this popular choice.

What makes the EV2 cards unique?

Presented with the challenge to upgrade existing technologies, all businesses should ask themselves one simple question – why? Since upgrading often means extending special efforts and using precious budget, there should always be significant benefits of the new technology. MIFARE® DESFire EV2 Cards offer just that.

This latest range of chip offers ultramodern and fortified security, as well as multi-application support. These cards have also been designed with improvements that allow for exceptional user experience! The DESFire EV2 contactless integrated circuit (IC) increases adjustability as well as introducing NXP’s SmartMX secure platform. This feature means that you can extend the use of your cards such as for secure elements to be used with NFC enabled mobile devices! The DESFire EV2 IC also has EAL5+ certified security. For an example of how secure this makes the card, it is this technology that is used for e-passports and bank cards! Further to this, these cards also boast a high-speed data transmission which makes them perfect for swift yet secure access control.

Comparing the EV2 to the previous generation EV1 technology, one clear difference is the fact that the EV2 chip can handle as many applications as the memory size is able to support as well as add new applications even subsequent to issuing the cards. You are also able to share across applications, which means there is a great interoperability. In addition to this, the MIFARE® EV2 range offers an enhanced operating distance which enables even greater ease-of-use. With the 70pF option you can optimise the read range for small form factor antennas, such as key fobs, for even greater flexibility.

In Summary…

The DESFire EV2 range are powerful contactless IC’s, designed for both system operators and system developers. As indicated by the ‘DES’ in the name of the range, these products boast high-security due to a number of functions including 3DES or AES hardware and enabled completely private and speedy data transmission!

It is clear to see that if it is a perfect balance of unbelievably fast data transmission, high security as well as integration that is simple and applicable over a range of applications you want, then upgrading to MIFARE® DESFire EV2 is the only choice!

If you would like more information on the MIFARE® range, a smart card company such as ID Cards Direct would be great to chat to. And, if you did enjoy this blog, please make sure to share!

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