ARC-AQ - Multi-technology Readers 13,56 MHz + QR Code

ARC-AQ - Multi-technology Readers 13,56 MHz + QR Code

The multi-technology Architect® reader, which is compatible with all access control systems, now features a QR code module to simplify all your temporary access control applications. QR code access control systems are reliable and cost-effective solutions for the control of visitors who enter your offices or other infrastructures.

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The perfect blend of high security and scalability

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A multi-technology reader to meet all your security requirements

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The Architect® range simplifies the management of extensions, upgrades and technological migrations:

Data matrices - QR codes

Compatible with multiple 1D and 2D code formats: QR Code, Micro QR Code, 128 code, Aztec and Data Matrix.
The QR code can be generated by an existing system/software and then printed or simply displayed on your smartphone (e-mails, virtual badges, etc.).


The reader supports technology of the latest contactless MIFARE® DESFire® EV2 chips with new data protection systems: Secure Messaging EV2 and Proximity Check.
It makes it possible to use public security algorithms (3DES, AES, RSA, SHA, etc.) recognized by specialized and independent bodies in the information security sector (the French ANSSI cybersecurity agency and the FIPS).

Simple and fast identification for an optimal user experience

The Architect® QR code access control reader makes visitor access smoother and integrates perfectly into your global security system. Security officers and building managers can benefit from optimized visitor management. The QR code module is designed to guarantee easy reading in any conditions (bright light, reflections, etc.).
The QR code module can be installed on all the existing compatible Architect® readers.

Examples of applications

  • Visitor Management
  • Access control for temporary staff
  • Parking access control
  • Mobility
  • Space sharing and reservation of meeting rooms
  • Logistics - shipping & receiving

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The SECard software lets users, installers and integrators easily:

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  • securely program user RFID and virtual cards,
  • create master physical or virtual badges for programming readers,
  • manage keys and security configurations.


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  • 100% local sandboxed programming
  • Autonomous management for securely programming RFID and Bluetooth® user cards
  • Configuration and reconfiguration of readers
  • Protection and confidentiality of user cards and the master card
  • Plug & Play tool
  • Fully compatible with AGENT, CIMS and STITCH cards
  • Complies with General Data Protection Regulation no. 2016/679 and Standard EN16571

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Reader are compatible with the communication protocol SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol - OSDP™ V1 et V2

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Readers are compatible with the latest generation of open protocol SSCP (STid Secure Common Protocol). This protocol recommended by ANSSI uses data encryption (AES) and two-way “reader-controller” authentication to ensure security before any communication is allowed between the reader and the management system.

Best market self-protection

The innovative tamper protection system protects sensitive data and gives the possibility to delete the authentication keys (patented solution). Unlike the current solutions on the market, the reliability of the accelerometer based technology avoids it being outsmarted.

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Standing the test of the time

The design of the Architect® reader is sufficiently robust to withstand harsh environments (IP65 level). It can be used outdoors and offers high levels of vandal-proofing IK08.

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Create your own scalable configuration

The Architect®  series is intuitive and dynamic, made up of 7 interchangeable modules, easy to connect to a smart common RFID core. The easy and cost saving modularity concept allows you to keep control of the access security management.


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Let your imagination flow

A signature reflects personal style choices. The design of Architect® readers is immediately recognizable, with a dynamic and elegant style, featuring clean, pure lines. STid offers a range of customization options to tailor your reader to your corporate identity and integrate it fully into its installation environment.


  • Frequency
    Frequency: 13.56 MHz
  • Standards
    Standards: ISO14443A types A & B, ISO18092
  • Chip
    Chip: MIFARE® Ultralight® & Ultralight® C, MIFARE® Classic & Classic EV1, MIFARE Plus® (S/X) & Plus® EV1, MIFARE® DESFire® 256, EV1 & EV2, CPS3, NFC (HCE), PicoPass® (CSN only), iCLASS™ (CSN only*) / STid Mobile ID® (NFC virtual card)
  • Functions
    Functions: Read only: CSN or private ID (sector/file) / Secure Protocol (Secure Plus) / Secure Read Write
  • Interfaces
    Interfaces: TTL Data Clock (ISO2) or Wiegand output (encrypted option - S31) / RS232 output / RS485 output (encrypted option - S33) with secure SSCP v1 and v2 communication protocols, OSDP™ v1 (unencrypted communications) and v2 (SCP secure communications)
  • Reading distances
    Reading distances: 3 cm / 1.18’’ minimum with a QR code (depending on the size of the code) - Up to 8 cm / 3.15’’ with a MIFARE DESFire® EV2 badge
  • Power supply
    Power supply: 7 VDC to 28 VDC / consumption 260 mA / 12 VDC
  • Material
    Material: ABS-PC UL-V0 (black) / ASA-PC-UL-V0 UV (white)
  • Color
    Color: black or white
  • Dimensions (h x w x d)
    Dimensions (h x w x d): 160 x 80 x 25.70 mm / 6.3’’ x 3.15‘’ x 1.02’’
  • Operating temperatures
    Operating temperatures: - 30°C to + 60°C / - 22°F to + 140°F / Humidity: 5 - 90%
  • Protection
    Protection: Reinforced vandal-proof structure IK08 / Accelerometer-based tamper detection system with key deletion option (patented solution) and/or message to the controller
  • Resistance
    Resistance: IP65 Level excluding connector - Weather-resistant with waterproof electronics (CEI NF EN 61086 homologation)

*Our readers only read the iCLASS™ chip serial number / UID PICO1444-3B. They do not read iCLASS™ cryptographic protection or the HID Global serial number / UID PICO1444-3B.


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Part numbers

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Secure - TTL: ARC-R31-AQ/PH5-xx/y
Secure / Secure Plus - TTL: ARC-S31-AQ/PH5-xx/y
Secure - RS232: ARC-R32-AQ/PH5-5AA/y
Secure - RS485: ARC-R33-AQ/PH5-7AB/y
Secure / Secure Plus - RS485: ARC-S33-AQ/PH5-7AB/y
Secure / EasySecure interface - RS485: ARC-R33-AQ/PH5-7AA/y
Secure / Secure Plus / EasySecure interface - RS485: ARC-S33-AQ/PH5-7AA/y


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Secure - SSCP RS232: ARC-W32-AQ/PH5-7AA/y
Secure - SSCP RS485: ARC-W33-AQ/PH5-7AA/y
Secure - SSCP2 RS485: ARC-W33-AQ/PH5-7AD/y
Secure - OSDPTM RS485: ARC-W33-AQ/PH5-7OS/y

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