Section 1 : General Information
What are the PC-Linked Readers with Mass Storage that ACS offers?
ACS offers various SIM-sized smart card readers that come with mass storage and an optional contactless feature, all in one compact USB token. In addition, it is available in CCID and HID versions with at least 2 GB flash memory.
What is the difference between CCID and HID?
The main difference between these two versions is that their plug-and-play feature is delivered differently—one complies with CCID and the other has HID support. Aside from this, the CCID version supports both memory and MCU cards while the HID version supports only MCU cards. Users who do not want to worry about driver installation issues are advised to use the HID version, as it is already pre-installed in most operating systems. On the other hand, the CCID version is for those who opt to have a plug-and-play feature especially designed for smart card readers, since the USB CCID class driver is based on the PC/SC platform.
Section 2 : Applications
Why do I need a PC-linked Reader with Mass Storage instead of using a simple SIM-sized Smart Card Reader?
Aside from being a SIM-sized card reader, PC-linked readers with mass storage have a flash drive feature that extends the capabilities of your application, be it for GSM solutions, e-Commerce, e-Banking, Network Security, or Data/Application Storage. With various options for partitioning the flash drive, the PC-linked reader with mass storage enhances security and flexibility in storing different kinds of software or applications, such as PC log-on, instant messaging, or other corporate/government software requiring the user to plug in a valid SIM-sized smart card into the reader to log in and run certain programs. PC-linked readers with mass storage also enable you to carry more files wherever you go. You can retrieve and edit documents, view transaction histories, and run applications directly from the USB token as long as there is a computer around. Furthermore, you can utilize your smart card to secure confidential files—you can cut out a partition as a protected area, which can only be accessed after smart card authentication from the flash memory.
Can high-level security applications, such as PKI, be implemented using the PC-linked Readers with Mass Storage?
Yes, high-level security applications can be implemented through smart card programming with ACS’s ACOS cards. For more information, please do not hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can PC-linked Readers with Mass Storage access any smart card application?
Yes, the readers can access any smart card-based application as long as your system and application has PC/SC support.
What programming languages can access the PC-linked Readers with Mass Storage?
Any languages that can access the dynamic libraries (DLL) can control the PC-linked Readers with Mass Storage. Additionally, PC/SC has its own DLLs that the readers can access. Some of the programming languages are MS Visual Basic, Visual C++, VB .NET, C#, and Borland Delphi.
What kind of support is available in terms of application development?
ACS provides a comprehensive software development kit to help users to develop the foundation in creating applications using smart card readers. It contains sample codes, tools and utilities, and reference manuals. In addition, technical support is available via email at email@example.com
Section 3 : Flash memory
What is the maximum number of flash memory partitions and what are the possible partitioning combinations?
The flash memory of PC-linked Readers with Mass Storage can be partitioned up to three drivers/areas, namely: private/security, public/CD-ROM/auto run, and hidden partitions.
Is it possible to change the flash memory size of the PC-linked Readers with Mass Storage?
Yes, customers may change the size of the flash memory from 2GB to 8GB.
Section 4 : Smart card reader
What should be noted during smart card insertion?
Make sure that the chip side of the card is facing down during insertion.
Where is the list of the card types supported by PC-linked Readers with Mass Storage?
The list of card types supported is located in readers’ respective product manuals which can be downloaded from http://www.acs.com.hk/en/drivers/#tab_PCMS