Identity Automation (formerly 2FA) ONE provides broad support for embedded and USB connected RFID readers. Supported devices include embedded, USB, PC Express, and PCMCIA readers from: Dell, Feitian, HID (OMNIKEY), Panasonic, POSH, and more. Additionally, Identity Automation ONE supports over 40 forms of RFID technology in various devices, including: DESFire, HID iCLASS, Mifare, NFC, HID PROX, and more.
RFID devices come in many different form factors and generally support two different frequencies, 125 kHz and 13.56 MHz. The majority of older implementations in the United States use 125 kHz technology while newer implementations use 13.56 MHz. 13.56 MHz technology is generally considered more secure due to mutual authentication between the device and reader and unique card identification numbers. RFID based authentication is considered less secure than contact smart cards or biometrics, but more secure than other forms of authentication. 2FA ONE manages the lifecycle of both 125 kHz and 13.56 MHz devices and the selection of PINs by users.
The common workflow for RFID device authentication requires the user to present their device to a connected reader (USB, embedded, PCMCIA, PC Express), 2FA ONE then identifies the users information (the user does not have to enter a username) and requests the user to enter their PIN associated with the device; the user then enters their PIN and 2FA ONE validates the two components. Once validated the user is permitted access to the operating system or application.
2FA’s RFID adhesive tags provide a convenient form factor for authentication. These small ‘disc’ or ‘coin’ tags are durable and waterproof with a semi-permanent adhesive, designed for heavy-use environments. Just larger than a quarter, they can be affixed to anything the user may normally carry- i.e. a cell phone*, or an existing ID badge – to prevent introducing a new item for the user to maintain. Each tag contains a unique ID that can be read by most 14443 compliant USB and door-access 13.56 MHz readers.
The adhesive tags are frequently used to provide an easier upgrade path when an older 125 kHz physical access system is in place, but an organization wishes to begin deploying more secure 13.56 MHz readers in their IT infrastructure without having to replace door readers. Affixing these tags to existing 125kHz physical access badges allow users to experience a single streamlined process, presenting a single item at the door, and then that same item at their computer.