ID Cards

Reasons for a Non-Functioning Proximity Card

Internal View of a Proximity Card

Proximity cards have an integrated circuit that is attached to an antenna and then sandwiched between plastic. They use RFID (radio frequency identification) which is a wireless technology for communication between electronic devices.

Within the ID card industry, this technology enables a contactless smart card to “talk to” or communicate with a card reader.

When properly handled, proximity cards are a reliable access entry device. There are three primary reasons you may experience proximity card failure:

  • Breaking the bond between the chip and antenna. This can occur through abnormal wear and tear on the card in the area of the chip. This is most often caused by using the card for something other than what it was intended.
  • Exposing the card to electrostatic discharge (ESD). Proximity cards have an integrated circuit within the plastic which can be wiped out by static electricity.
  • Exposing the cards to extreme magnetic fields. Magnetic fields can wipe out a chip’s programming, rendering it unusable.

If any of these has taken place, the proximity card will need to be replaced. To avoid future issues, it’s important to know that the proper handling and storage of proximity cards is critical to the life of the card.

A smart, affordable, and simple way to ensure the safety and longevity of your prox cards is by using a badge holder specially designed for these types of technology cards.

Proximity card holders are made of long-lasting materials to protect your prox cards from daily wear and tear. They also help prolong the life of prox cards which saves money in the long run. We offer a variety of styles, including:

They’re offered in horizontal and vertical orientations, in packs of 100 or packs of 50.

To make your ID card program even more economical, try ValuProx Proximity Cards! Equivalent to other 1386 and 1336 prox cards, ValuProx cards deliver branded proximity card performance at value pricing.

Available in standard 26-bit formatting with 125 kHz access control technology, ValuProx cards offer reliable card reads and are universally compatible with 125 kHz proximity card readers. The cards feature horizontal and vertical slot punch indicators on the back to prevent internal coil damage when using a slot punch.

No matter what your proximity card question or quandary may be, you can rely on the vast expertise of our ID Professionals. Call us today at (800) 321-4405!

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