ARC-F - 13.56 MHz DESFire® EV2 & EV3 touchscreen / keypad biometric reader

ARC-F - 13.56 MHz DESFire® EV2 & EV3 touchscreen / keypad biometric reader

By developing the Architect® innovative readers, STid has created the perfect blend of high security and scalability. The Architect® ARC-F reader provides secure multi-factor authentication by combining the most secure open RFID technologies on the market, a touch screen / keypad and a biometric 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-F 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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Easily manage a multi-factor identification

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The ARC-F Architect® reader combines the latest MIFARE® technologies with touch screen/keypad and fingerprint recognition to enhance the security of your access control system.

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…).

You can combined information (logo, instructions, images…) and keypad display with a simple touch on the screen.



Icon of the bell for ARC-F"Bell" option indicated by a touch button allows you to use the Touch screen/keypad Architect® Blue reader as a standard bell.


Fingerprint management

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The reader offers several fingerprint management possibilities depending on your security needs.

  • Fingerprint templates directly stored in the RFID card (CNIL French legislation compliance)
  • Fingerprint templates stored in the reader or in the system
  • Biometric derogation to manage one-time visitor or difficult finger etc.


"Scramble Pad" function

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The scramble pad mode enhances the security of your access control system and prevents stolen access codes because numbers are randomly scrambled on the display.


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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

The most secure protocole on the market

logo sscp for ARC-F   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.

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

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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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 - 4 cm
  • Power supply
    Power supply: 7 - 28 VDC / Consumption : 350 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): 166,2x 80 x 30,2/71 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 - RS232:


Secure - RS485:


Secure / EasySecure decoder - RS485:


Secure / Secure Plus - RS485:


Secure / Secure Plus / EasySecure decoder - RS485:


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secure - RS232:


Secure - RS485:


Secure SSCP2 CSPN compliant - RS485:


Secure OSDP™ - RS485:


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