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How to identify the type of Proximity cards you have and save money when re-ordering

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How to identify the type of Proximity cards you have and save money when re-ordering

Proximity cards, also known as prox cards, access cards or key cards, have become an integral part of modern security systems, granting us convenient and secure access to various areas. However, with an extensive range of card types, technologies, and formats available, it's easy to get lost in the complexities of identifying the right card for your needs.

In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of proximity cards and equip you with the knowledge you need to confidently identify the type of cards you currently possess. We'll explore the various technologies and formats commonly used, and provide you with practical tips and tricks to save money when reordering.

How to identify your current access proximity cards

Before you reorder new proximity cards, it’s important to identify your existing proximity cards accurately so that you buy new cards that are compatible with your existing systems. Follow the steps below to find out how to identify proximity cards:

1. Check for information printed on your cards

HID proximity card with numbering that shows the different printed elements.

The first step in identifying your current access proximity cards is to carefully examine the

information printed on them. These details can provide valuable insights into the type and specifications of your cards. Take a look at the example here, the information printed on the card allows us to determine this information.

1. Brand: HID®
2. Technology type: iCLASS
3. Memory size (1) and programming (*): - iCLASS 16k/2 / iCLASS Programmed
4. External ID Number: 12177 and suffix: 77
5. Sales order number (the unique reference from when the card order is placed): 12981526371-1 6. SR number
7. Material Type: Composite

2. Check the packaging

If you have the original packaging of your proximity cards, it can offer useful clues about their type. Manufacturers often include relevant information on the packaging, such as the card technology or the specific model. Look for labels, stickers, or printed details that can help you identify the cards accurately.

3. Check for information on your last order

If you have previously reordered proximity cards, review the documentation or records from your last order. Invoices, receipts, or order confirmations may contain specific details about the type of cards you purchased. Look for information such as card technology, brand, or any unique identifiers associated with your previous order.

4. Use our testing service

For those who still have difficulty identifying proximity cards, utilising a professional testing service can be beneficial. At ID Cards Direct we offer card testing services where you can send in your cards, and we will verify the technology and provide you with comprehensive details, that will allow you to re-order your cards with us. If you’d like us to test your cards for you, get in touch with our team.

How can you save money on proximity cards?

If you want to save money when you reorder proximity cards, the first thing to remember is to make sure that you buy proximity cards that are compatible with your existing systems. But this could also mean splashing a large amount of money on expensive, branded cards that aren’t necessarily worth their price tag. One effective approach is to consider switching to alternative proximity cards that offer comparable features to popular brands like HID prox cards but at a more affordable price point.

Switch to Swiftprox

Swiftprox is a brand of proximity cards that provides a cost-effective alternative to HID prox cards while maintaining similar features and capabilities. These cards are designed to be compatible with existing systems, whilst maintaining the high quality of their branded counterparts, making them an excellent choice for seamless integration. By opting for Swiftprox cards, you can enjoy the benefits of high-quality proximity cards without paying a premium price.

Swiftprox cards offer features such as a reliable read range, trusted security, and compatibility with various card readers. They undergo stringent quality checks to ensure consistent performance and durability. By switching to Swiftprox cards, you can potentially achieve substantial cost savings without sacrificing the functionality and security of your access control system.

To find out more about SwiftProx proximity cards, or to discuss your proximity access system in more detail with our experts, call us today on +44 (0) 333 577 6767 and we’ll do our best to help.