New Y Soft Card Reader for MFP User Authentication

One of the most effective ways of safeguarding printed documents in the office (or anywhere else) is with user authentication, which typically requires to enter a PIN or swipe an ID card at an MFP or printer in order for their document to print.

Today, Y Soft Corporation expanded its family of user-authentication solutions with its new  YSoft USB Card Reader 3 MFX. Y Soft says the MFX card reader is unique because it can simultaneously read numerous RFID technologies. Consequently, it says partner sales to customers are now much more simplified, and partners can stock a single card reader in inventory saving on logistical costs.

Companies use ID cards (badges) to authenticate employees for access to buildings. Using the same badge for corporate assets, such as MFPs, is convenient for businesses. However, Y Soft notes that there are numerous different RFID card technologies used in modern badges.

A Universal Card Reader

The new MFX card reader uses a patent-pending method to simultaneously identify over 100 different RFID card technologies in both high and low frequencies, without requiring any special configuration. With one card reader capable of reading numerous technologies, partners no longer need to worry about which technology their customer uses and can reduce their costs associated with stocking multiple part numbers. Equally important, partners don’t have to spend time configuring, deploying, and supporting multiple card readers. The MFX card reader simply plugs in and works, according to Y Soft,

“We have tested the new MFX card reader from Y Soft with the various card technologies we have in our internal lab. The MFX card reader was able to read every one of them, so this new reader looks very promising for us”, said Marek Krynicki, head of Implementation Department, Konica Minolta, Poland.

Enhanced Signal Strength and Quality

With an additional patent-pending innovation, the MFX card reader enhances the strength and quality of the signal the RFID badge emits. By reading a signal that’s stronger and of greater quality, the card reader can read badges from a greater distance with accuracy. This means users don’t have to place their badge precisely on the reader and can still be recognized and accurately authenticated.

“With the new YSoft USB Card Reader 3 MFX, our partners can source one universal card reader that is not only the most accurate and reliable on the market but is also plug and play, reducing the time needed to deploy by their technical staff,” said Matěj Štefaník, vice president of Product Management at Y Soft.

Because Y Soft card readers, including the new MFX, are fully designed, tested, manufactured, and supported by Y Soft, Y Soft says they can be offered at a low, competitive price. Partners also have the peace of mind knowing they have one source for both print management and card readers that work well together and can be supported by one vendor.

About the USB Card Reader 3 MFX

The MFX card reader simultaneously reads RFID cards that are both high and low frequency and uses HID technology commonly used in the United States and Mifare technology common in Europe and supports advanced security requirements.

The MFX reader is certified for sale in the United States and Europe; additional certifications will be obtained matching other Y Soft card readers which are certified in over 100 countries. If needed, contact-less configurations are supported through easy-to-use, programmable configuration cards.

About YSoft USB Card Readers

YSoft says its USB Card Readers are highly customizable. Y Soft partners can add value specific to a customer’s need. Customers can use custom data reading and transformations for enhanced security. Y Soft’s family of card readers are also open to support or integrate with third-party technologies, such as Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled smartphone apps, enabling the use of NFC-capable smartphones instead of ID badges.

Y Soft also says it uses uniquely RQA (robotic quality assurance) to test its card readers, which allows for deeper and more comprehensive testing. In Y Soft’s robotic tests against competitor card readers, Y Soft card readers, including the new MFX model, have the lowest MTBF (mean time before failure) and are the only readers tested with a zero-percent error rate, placing Y Soft as a leader in USB card reader reliability. For example, an end to end robotic test of 200,000 card swipes on an MF type reader resulted in 100-percent card reading accuracy, with the device taking an average of 1 second to accurately read the card. Inaccurate readings can result in unintentional ID spoofing where a card holder is able to access documents belonging to others.

Specifications are as follows:

Reader technology Contact and Contactless
Size 86 mm H x 51 mm W x 19/21/28 mm D
Connectors Micro-USB
Status notifications Multi-color LED indicator and speaker
Weight 60 – 200 g
Color Black / Light gray
Certifications Worldwide (depending on model)

For more information, visit Y Soft here.

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