ARC-B - 13.56 MHz DESFire® EV2 keypad readers

ARC-B - 13.56 MHz DESFire® EV2 keypad readers

By developing the Architect® innovative readers, STid has created the perfect blend of high security and scalability. The ARC-B is a secure RFID card reader with capacitive keypad.


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The perfect blend of high security and scalability

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Welcome to high security

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STid is the first RFID manufacturer to have received First Level Security Certification (CSPN). It’s a recognition of our unique know-how, the technological and security expertise that are implemented in your access architecture, whether new or existing.

ARC-B reader uses the latest MIFARE® contactless chip technologies with new data security mechanisms. All public encryption algorithms can be used (3DES, AES, RSA, SHA, etc.), which are recommended by official data security agencies (such as the French national agency ANSSI).

The Architect® Secure series (ARCS) uses an EAL5+ cryptoprocessor to improve protection and privacy.


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Manage with ease a multi-factor identification

Both reader and keypad, the ARC-B allows a dual-identification by combining card and/or PIN code identifications. Thanks to its various operating modes (card AND key or card OR key), you can use the keypad to identify people or to activate additional functions (activation of the intrusion alarm…)

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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 time

Design to push the boundaries, The ARC-B reader design has been developed to withstand harsh environments, to operate outside (IP65 level) and to offer a high vandal proof resistance (IK08).

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Create your own upgradable configuration

The Architect® series is intuitive and dynamic, and consists of 5 interchangeable modules that can easily be connected to a common smart RFID core.

This easy and cost saving modular approach allows autonomy on the security access 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.

A spectacular experience

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Data sheet

  • Frequency
    Frequency: 13.56 Mhz
  • Standards
    Standards: ISO14443 types A & B, ISO18092 / Certifications : CE & FCC
  • Chip
    Chip: MIFARE Ultralight®, MIFARE Ultralight® C, MIFARE® Classic & Classic EV1, MIFARE Plus®, MIFARE® DESFire®, MIFARE® DESFire® EV1 & EV2, NFC HCE, SMART MX, CPS3, PicoPass®, iCLASS™ cards (CSN only)*, CIMS Ministry of Defense card “Cartes Agents”
  • Functions
    Functions: Read only: CSN or private ID (sector/file) / Secure Protocol (Secure Plus) Read- Write (SSCP and SSCP2) / Read-Write serial number and secure OSDP
  • Interfaces
    Interfaces: Clock&Data protocol (ISO2), Wiegand (optional ciphered - S31), RS232 (optional ciphered - S32), RS485 (optional ciphered - S33)
  • Reading distances
    Reading distances: 0 - 6 cm
  • Power supply
    Power supply: 7 VDC to 28 VDC / Consumption : 160 mA/12 VDC typical
  • Material
    Material: ABS-PC-UL-V0 (black) / ASA-PC-UL-V0 UV (white)
  • Color
    Color: Black or White – Many shell customization possibilities
  • Dimensions (h x w x d)
    Dimensions (h x w x d): 106,64 x 80 x 25,70 mm
  • Operating temperatures
    Operating temperatures: - 30°C to + 70°C / - 22°F to + 158°F
  • Protection
    Protection: Reinforced vandal proof structure IK08 / Accelerometer-based tamper detection system
  • Resistance
    Resistance: IP65 Level (excluding connectors) - Weather-resistant with waterproof electronics (Certification CEI NF EN 61086) / Humidity: 0 - 95%

*Our readers can only read the UID/Chip Serial Number. They cannot read secure HID Global’s iCLASS™ cryptographic protections.

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Part numbers

Standards versions

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CSN TTL Wiegand / Data Clock: ARC-R31-B/103-xx/y
Pre-configured - TTL Wiegand / Data Clock: ARC-R31-B/PC1-xx/y
TTL Wiegand / Data Clock: ARC-R31-B/PH5-xx/y
Secure / Secure Plus - TTL Wiegand / Data Clock: ARC-S31-B/PH5-xx/y
Secure - RS232: ARC-R32-B/PH5-5AB/y
Secure / Secure Plus - RS232: ARC-S32-B/PH5-5AB/y
Scurise - RS485: ARC-R33-B/PH5-7AB/y
Secure / EasySecure decoder - RS485: ARC-R33-B/PH5-7AA/y
Secure / Secure Plus - RS485: ARC-S33-B/PH5-7AB/y
Secure / Secure Plus / EasySecure decoder - RS485: ARC-S33-B/PH5-7AA/y
Secure / EasyRemote decoder - Transparent - RS485: ARC-R33-B/PH5-7BB/y
picto RW Read / Write  
Secure - RS232: ARC-W32-B/PH5-5AA/y
Secure - RS485: ARC-W33-B/PH5-7AA/y
Secure - RS485 - RemoteSecure decoder: ARC-W33-B/PH5-7BB/y
Secure SSCP2 CSPN compliant - RS485: ARC-W33-B/PH5-7AD/y
CSN OSDP - RS485: ARC-W33-B/103-7OS/y
Secure OSDP - RS485: ARC-W33-B/PH5-7OS/y


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EAL5+ storage versions

Picto R Read only  
Secure EAL5+ - TTL Wiegand / Data Clock: ARCS-R31-B/PH5-xx/y
Secure / Secure Plus EAL5+ - TTL Wiegand / Data Clock: ARCS-S31-B/PH5-xx/y
Secure EAL5+ - RS485: ARCS-R33-B/PH5-7AB/y
Secure EAL5+ / EasySecure decoder - RS485: ARCS-R33-B/PH5-7AA/y
Secure EAL5+ / Secure Plus - RS485: ARCS-S33-B/PH5-7AB/y
Secure EAL5+ / Secure Plus / EasySecure decoder - RS485: ARCS-S33-B/PH5-7AA/y
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Secure EAL5+ - RS485 : ARCS-W33-B/PH5-7AA/y
Secure EAL5+ SSCP2 CSPN compliant - RS485: ARCS-W33-B/PH5-7AD/y
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