ARC-E - 13.56 MHz DESFire® EV2 & EV3 keypad biometric reader

ARC-E - 13.56 MHz DESFire® EV2 & EV3 keypad biometric reader

The Architect® biometric reader enhances the security of your access control system and provides strong multi-factor authentication by combining open MIFARE® DESFire® EV2 & EV3 technologies, a capacitive keypad and a fingerprint sensor.


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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-E 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).


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Easy Fingerprint management

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Different possibilities of fingerprint management depending on your security needs:

  • Fingerprint templates directly stored in the RFID card
    (CNIL French & GDPR European legislation compliance)
  • Fingerprint templates stored in the system
  • Card only mode with derogation at the card level
    (one-time visitor, difficult finger...)
  • Smartphone with biometric unlocking
    or Smartphone only with derogation

Equipped with a backlit keypad, the reader allows multi-factor identification of users by combining the reading of an RFID or virtual card with the input of a personal keypad code.
Thanks to its different operating modes, the keypad can be used for identification or to activate additional functions (alarm...).


The highest levels of security

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Advanced anti-fraud functions

The Architect® Blue biometric reader is designed to resist fraud attempts:

  • False finger detection: the reader detects a wide range of counterfeit fingerprints made of latex, Kapton, transparent film, rubber, graphite, etc.
  • Detection of live fingers
  • Duress finger: the admin can assign a finger number dedicated to authentication when the user is threatened.
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Ultimate self-protection

The patented motion sensor pull detection system protects sensitive data by allowing authentication keys to be erased.

Unlike existing solutions within this market, the reliability of the accelerometer avoids potential system bypass.

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The software tool for full control of your security

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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Readers are compatible with the latest generation of open protocol SSCP® (Secure & Smart Communication 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.


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Reader are compatible with the communication protocol SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol - OSDP™ v1 and v2.

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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Create your own upgradable configuration

The Architect® series is intuitive and dynamic, and consists of 6 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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Architect®Series modularity

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.

Data sheet

  • Frequency
    Frequency: 13.56 MHz
  • Standards
    Standards: ISO14443 type A / Certifications: CE, FCC, IC & UL
  • Chip
    Chip: MIFARE® Classic & Classic EV1, MIFARE Plus® & Plus® EV1, MIFARE® DESFire® 256, EV1, EV2 & EV3, STid Mobile ID® (NFC virtual badge)
  • Functions
    Functions: Read only CSN and secure (file, sector) / Controlled by protocol (read-write)
  • Interfaces
    Interfaces: TTL Clock&Data (ISO2) or Wiegand output (encrypted option - S31) / RS232 & RS485 outputs (encrypted option - S33) with SSCP® v1 and v2 secure communication protocols, OSDP™ v1 (plain) and v2 (Secure Chanel Protocol)
  • Reading distances
    Reading distances: 0 - 6 cm / 2.36’’
  • Power supply
    Power supply: 7 - 28 VDC / Consumption : 310 mA/12 VDC max
  • Material
    Material: ABS-PC UL-V0
  • Color
    Color: Black or White - Other possibilities for shell customization
  • Dimensions (h x w x d)
    Dimensions (h x w x d): 148,6 x 80 x 71,3 mm
  • Operating temperatures
    Operating temperatures: -10°C / +50°C
  • Protection
    Protection: Accelerometer-based tamper detection system
  • Resistance
    Resistance: IP65 - 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


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Secure - TTL Wiegand / Data Clock:


Secure / Secure Plus - TTL Wiegand / Data Clock:


Secure - RS485:


Secure / EasySecure interface - RS45 :


Secure / Secure Plus - RS485:


Secure / Secure Plus / EasySecure interface - RS48 :


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Secure SSCP® V1 - RS485:


Secure SSCP® V2 - RS485:


Secure OSDP™ V1 & V2 - RS485:



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