HID Global of Irvine, California, has launched FlexSmart MIFARE and DESFire Contactless Smart Card Readers. The interoperable ISO 14443A-compliant family of products provides options for customers looking for customizable readers or those who prefer readers that are ready to use. The FlexSmart MIFARE HID Format Secure Reader is ideal for customers that want MIFARE technology for new installations or for existing HID applications. The FlexSmart MIFARE Custom Reader offers choices in interoperability and programmability,and it can be configured to meet access control challenges. The FlexSmart DESFire Custom Reader is compatible with DESFire protocol, which provides high security, fast transaction speeds and a flexible file structure. It offers mutual authentication, Triple DES data encryption, and the ability to read up to 28 stored applications per card.