What is a HID Card?

What is a HID Prox Card?

Contactless or proximity cards are low in price and are commonly used in applications such as identification cards, keycards, payment cards and public transit fare cards. Contactless cards use radio frequency transmit/receive electronics to transfer data so they do not have to be put through a card reader.

Individual vendors have defined their own proprietary encoding schemes such as Mifare, Legic and iClass.
All of these cards operate at 13.56 MHz, and claimed read ranges vary from 10 cm up to 1 metre depending on the modulation and data rate used. Contactless cards have less storage memory than contact cards however, the convenience of use is greatly improved.

HID Proxy cards are simply proximity cards branded by the HID global corporation, a worldwide leader in proximity cards and access control. Like other proximity and RFID cards, an HID card is simply an ID card which enables proximity technology in its everyday functions. HID cards, as well as other types of RFID cards and smart cards, are popular for access control, as well as other functions like public transportation and employee ID.

They are made of:


• Dye sublimation requires premium quality PVC cards. The card's flatness and cut edge must be high quality to prevent print defects.


• A metallic antenna coil is embedded inside the card


• When inserted into a reader, encrypted information can be written to the smart chip or read from the chip, offering greater security.

Contactless cards continue to grow in popularity because of the convenience they offer in security, identification and access control applications - especially door access where fast, hands-free operation is preferred.