ARCS-B/BT - 13.56 MHz DESFire® EV3 + Bluetooth® keypad reader

ARCS-B/BT - 13.56 MHz DESFire® EV3 + Bluetooth® keypad reader

Compatible with all access control systems, the Architect® Blue reader combines RFID, Bluetooth® and NFC technologies with a capacitive vandal-proof keypad.


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The perfect blend of high security and scalability

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Manage with ease a multi-factor identification

Both reader and keypad, the ARCS-B/BT 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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A multi-technology RFID & Bluetooth® reader

The reader allows secure identification of users thanks to its multiple identification technologies.

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Access control with the smartphone

Discover the 5 modes of identification for a unique user experience!

Virtual cards promote acceptance of and compliance with the Security Policy of businessesindustries and governments.
STid Mobile ID® is so user-friendly that it makes identification instinctive.

Choose your favorite identification mode and make your access options both secure and much more intuitive!

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by placing your smartphone in front of the reader.


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Tap Tap

by tapping your smartphone twice in your pocket for near or remote opening.


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by using the voice command on your iPhone (iOS).

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Remote Mode

by using your smartphone as a remote control.


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by simply passing in front of the reader.


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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.

The reader supports the latest contactless technologies with the newest data security devices: 

  • Secure Messaging EV2: transaction security that protects against interleaving and replay attacks.
  • Proximity Check: protection against relay attacks.


It integrates recognized and approved security mechanisms such as public algorithms and an EAL5+ certified crypto processor to protect your data stored in the reader.

End-to-end security control

With top-level security certification (CSPN) from the French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI), STid secures and protects your data.

In addition to an integrated cross-level quality process within the company, we have implemented a constant auditing procedure with a number of external security audits (PHONESEC).

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Encryption and obfuscation methods

 Anti-reverse engineering development methods

Multi-factor authentication

Security audit

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ANSSI compliant secure communication

Data authenticity and confidentiality ensured throughout the communication chain

Use of cryptographic algorithms comply with international government standards

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Secure sensitive data storage

Secure storage using encryption and obfuscation methods

EAL5+ storage in the reader


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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 SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol - OSDP™ V1 & 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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Create your own scalable configuration

The Architect® Blue series is intuitive and dynamic, made up of 6 interchangeable modules, easy to connect to a smart common RFID core & Bluetooth®.

The easy and cost saving modularity concept allows you to keep control of the access security management.


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Standing the test of the time

Design to push the boundaries, The Architect® Blue reader design has been developed to withstand harsh environments, to operate outside (IP65 level) and to offer a high vandal proof resistance (IK10).

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Data sheet

  • Frequency
    Frequency: 13.56 MHz + Bluetooth® (Low Energy)
  • Standards
    Standards: ISO14443 types A & B, ISO18092 / Certifications: CE (Europe), UKCA (United Kingdom), FCC (USA), IC (Canada), BIS (India), RCM (Australia & New Zealand), UL, RoHS & UL294 Indoor & Outdoor
  • Chip
    Chip: STid Mobile ID® (Bluetooth® and NFC HCE virtual cards), Orange Pack ID + MIFARE Ultralight® & Ultralight® C, MIFARE® Classic & Classic EV1, MIFARE Plus® (S/X) & Plus® EV1, DESFire® 256, EV1, EV2 & EV3, NFC HCE, PicoPass® (CSN only), iCLASS™ (CSN only)*
  • Functions
    Functions: Read only CSN, pre-configured (Easyline - PC2) and secure (file, sector) / Controlled by protocol (read-write)
  • Interfaces
    Interfaces: TTL Clock&Data (ISO2) or Wiegand output (encrypted option - S31) / RS485 output (encrypted option - S33) with secure SSCP® v1 and v2 communication protocols, OSDP™ V1 & V2
  • Reading distances
    Reading distances: 0 - 6 cm / 0 - 2.36’’ with RFID / 0 - 20 m / 0 – 66 ft with Bluetooth®
  • Power supply
    Power supply: 7 VDC to 28 VDC / Consumption: 180 mA/12 VDC max
  • Material
    Material: ABS-PC-UL-V0 (black) / ASA-PC-UL-V0 UV (white)
  • Color
    Color: black or white - Other possibilities for cover customization
  • Dimensions (h x w x d)
    Dimensions (h x w x d): 106,64 x 80 x 25,70 mm / 4.17’’ x 3.14’’ x 0.98’’
  • Operating temperatures
    Operating temperatures: - 30°C to + 70°C / - 22°F to + 158°F
  • Protection
    Protection: reinforced IK08 certified vandal proof structure / 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 only read the UID/Chip Serial Number. They do not read secure HID Global’s iCLASS™ cryptographic protections.

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Part numbers

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Easyline pre-configured offer - Wiegand:


Secure - TTL Wiegand / Clock&Data:


Secure / Secure Plus - TTL Wiegand / Clock&Data:


Secure - RS485:


Secure / EasySecure decoder - RS485:


Secure / Secure Plus - RS485:


Secure/ Secure Plus / EasySecure decoder - RS485:


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Secure - SSCP® v1 - RS485:


Secure - SSCP® v2 - RS485:


Secure - OSDP™ - RS485:



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