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ARCS-J/BT - 125 kHz + 13.56 MHz + Bluetooth® multi-technology keypad reader

ARCS-J/BT - 125 kHz + 13.56 MHz + Bluetooth® multi-technology keypad reader

STid has designed the Architect® Blue Hybrid 125 kHz + 13.56 MHz + Bluetooth® vandal-proof keypad reader for access control - perfect blend of three identification technologies - to facilitate your migrations to advanced security levels.

The most awarded access control reader around the worldbandeau logo Trophees STid 2017 V2

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The perfect blend of high security and scalability

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Ensure secure migration

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The Architect® Blue Hybrid reader makes it easy to manage extensions, upgrades and technology migrations. If you need to set up a complex multi-site configuration, this reader can be used to read a range of different cards.

  • NXP MIFARE® credentials (Classic & Classic EV1, Ultralight® & Ultralight® C, Plus® & Plus® EV1, DESFire® 256, EV1 & EV2),
  • iCLASS™* and PicoPass® cards serial numbers,
  • French Ministry cards (AGENT, CIMS…) and civil aviation (STITCH),
  • CPS3 (IAS protocole) health cards,
  • smartphones compatible with Bluetooth® and NFC (HCE) technologies,
  • 125 kHz credentials (EM, Crosspoint, formats Wiegand 26, 34, 35 and 37 bits…).

Manage with ease a multi-factor identification

Both reader and keypad, the device 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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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!

mode vocal


by placing your smartphone in front of the reader.


Picto mode tap tap

Tap Tap

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


Picto mode badge


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

Picto mode remote

Remote Mode

by using your smartphone as a remote control.


Picto mode mains libre


by simply passing in front of the reader.


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Welcome to high security

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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 reader uses the latest MIFARE® DESFire® EV2 contactless chip technologies with new data security mechanisms:

  • Secure Messaging EV2: secure transaction method based on AES-128 with protection against interleaving and replay attacks.
  • Proximity Check : improved protection against relay attacks.

logo of eal5 for the ARCS-I/BTIt uses an EAL5+ crypto processor to improve data protection and privacy.

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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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Standing the test of time

Designed to push the boundaries, the Architect® Blue Hybrid keypad reader design has been developed to withstand harsh environments, to operate outside (IP65 level) and to offer a high impact resistance (IK08).

Download the resistance reportVideo of the ARCS-J/BT's crash test

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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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Let your imagination flow

A signature reflects personal style choices. The design of Architect® Blue 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: 125 kHz +13.56 MHz + Bluetooth®
  • Standards
    Standards: ISO14443A types A & B, ISO18092
  • Chip
    Chip: EM42xx / EM4x50 / Format Wiegand 26, 34, 35 and 37 bits / Nedap / Crosspoint MIFARE Ultralight® & Ultralight® C, MIFARE® Classic & Classic EV1, MIFARE Plus® & Plus® EV1, MIFARE® DESFire® 256, EV1 & EV2, NFC (HCE), SMART MX, CPS3, PicoPass® (CSN only), iCLASS™ (CSN only)* STid Mobile ID® (virtual card), Orange Pack ID
  • Functions
    Functions: Read only: CSN, private ID (sector/file) or Secure Protocol (Secure Plus) / Secure Read Write
  • Interfaces
    Interfaces: TTL protocol Data Clock (ISO2) or Wiegand (ciphered mode Sx1) / RS485 (ciphered mode Sx3) with secure communication protocols SSCP & SSCP2 ; OSDP™ V1 (plain communication) & V2 (SCP secure communication) Compatible with EasySecure interface
  • Reading distances
    Reading distances: Up to 6 cm / 2.36’’ with a 125 kHz card / Up to 6 cm / 2.36’’ with a MIFARE DESFire® EV2 card Up to 20 m / 65.6 ft with a Bluetooth® smartphone (adjustable distances on each reader)
  • Power supply
    Power supply: 7 VDC to 28 VDC / Power requirement 190 mA / 12 VDC
  • Material
    Material: ABS-PC UL-V0 (black)
  • Color
    Color: black or white - Many shell customization possibilities for 13.56 MHz reader
  • Dimensions (h x w x d)
    Dimensions (h x w x d): 145.64 x 79.93 x 25.7 mm / 5.71’’ x 3.11’’ x 0.98’’ (general tolerance following ISO NFT 58-000 standard)
  • Operating temperatures
    Operating temperatures: - 30°C to + 70°C / - 22°F to + 158°F / Humidity: 0 - 95%
  • Protection
    Protection: IK08 reinforced vandal-proof structure / Accelerometer-based tamper detection system with key deletion option (patented)
  • Resistance
    Resistance: IP65 - Weather-resistant with waterproof electronics (CEI NF EN 61086 homologation)

*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

Picto R Read only

Easyline pre-configured offer - Wiegand: ARCS-Rx1-J/PC2-xx/1
Secure - TTL: ARCS-Rx1-I/BT2-xx/1
Secure / Secure Plus - TTL: ARCS-Sx1-I/BT2-xx/1
Secure - RS485: ARCS-Rx3-I/BT2-7AB/1
Secure / Secure Plus - RS485: ARCS-Sx3-I/BT2-7AB/1
Secure / EasySecure interface - RS485: ARCS-Rx3-I/BT2-7AA/1
Secure / Secure Plus / EasySecure interface - RS485: ARCS-Sx3-I/BT2-7AA/1


picto RW Controlled by protocol

SSCP v1 RS485: ARCS-Wx3-I/BT2-7AA/1
SSCP v2 RS485: ARCS-Wx3-I/BT2-7AD/1
OSDPTM  v1 & v2 RS485: ARCS-Wx3-I/BT2-7OS/1

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