PACSprobe now also supports legacy iCLASS cards on HID OMNIKEY 5022 and 5422 readers.

This means that now CardWerk’s SmartCardAPI(professional) can be used to access iCLASS cards on any OMNIKEY reader that supports iCLASS cards.

Mutual authentication between host and reader, session key generation and data exchange over a secure channel, are all hidden within PACSprobe.

There is no programming necessary. Just place an iCLASS card on the card reader, select your HID card format, data type and output mode (dialog, clip board or keyboard buffer) and you are set.

Ready to test? Then go to our download page at SmartCard API It contains a download link for PACSprobe.  Installation is simple: unzip the downloaded file and run PACSprobe.exe

Note that PACSprobe requires the reader to be configured with its default keys. Please contact us if you need a version of PACSprobe with custom keys. We’ll be happy to assist with this or similar program customization.

If PACSprobe can get an answer to reset (ATR) and  card serial  number (CSN, UID) with OMNIKEY 5022 or OMNIKEY 5422 when presenting your card, there is a good chance that we can add additional features that are not yet exposed via PACSprobe.

An optional beeper signals card presence and removal via PC speaker. If need be, you can use this setup just like a keyboard wedge which would allow you to drop an iCLASS card number right into a Microsoft Word document or Excel spreadsheet.

We tested this with iCLASS 2KS and 16KS cards on HID OMNIKEY 5022 with default manufacturer settings. Further info about HID OMNIKEY 5022 is available at HID Global’s website 

iCLASS cards on OMNIKEY 5022 now supported

You might also have a look at SmartCardAPI with its many HelloWorld-like C# samples. That code and SmartCardAPI libraries is the foundation for PACSprobe and it is available to anyone interested in iCLASS storage card integration in a Visual Studio/.NET development environment on readers such as HID OMNIKEY 5022 or OMNIKEY 5422.

We also assist with any reader and card integration tasks beyond PACSprobe customization.  OMNIKEY 5022/5422 and iCLASS is just one of countless reader and card combos.  OMNIKEY 5022 can also read/write PIV/CAC/Mifare cards to name a few, whereas OMNIKEY 5422 also supports IS7816 contact cards

Keyboard Wedge Output

Keyboard Wedge Output

PACSprobe now comes with built-in keyboard emulation. Card data appear as if they were typed in using a standard keyboard. The new keyboard wedge software populates Excel, Word, Notepad or any editable data entry field with card data. PACSprobe’s keyboard buffer output makes it very easy to capture card numbers from HID PROX, iCLASS and many other cards.
Many of you are familiar with so-called “wedge barcode scanners”. These are devices that are originally known as wedges because they sit between a PC keyboard and the PC effectively serving as an additional virtual keyboard. This means every time a barcode is scanned, the PC received barcode data as if it had been typed in. Data can be entered into a field in focus this way.
With the advent of chip cards and RFID tags, there has been growing demand of entering a card number into existing software, similar to a barcode entry. We are making this approach available via a “software wedge”, using CardWerk’s SmartCardAPI(professional) to send data items such as HID Prox card number to the PC’s clipboard or keyboard buffer. This makes it very easy to enter card credentials into any software application without any software developing skills. It also allows import of card IDs into Excel, Word, Access and many more programs. PACSprobe’s new keyboard wedge software feature  eliminates data collection error and makes this utility a quite powerful tool for system integrators and end users alike.
Even though data input via keyboard wedge (software wedge) is somewhat limited and the user must carefully place the cursor to the exact field field where card data needs to go, this approach makes it very easy to integrate smart card technology into existing applications without a steep learning curve.
And remember, if you need to modify card data, add business logic or card tracking features, or if you need to integrate third-party readers and cards into your software, CardWerk can always assist with customization services to implement any custom keyboard wedge functionality you need .
– compatibility with existing physical access control panels may require a certain output format – leading zeroes for example
– extracting data from any contact or contactless card and make it available via software edge, clipboard or API
– No need of keyboard wedge reader hardware with on-board keyboard emulation – a standard PC/SC compliant reader does the trick and keyboard wedge functionality is emulated on software level.