Comparison of iCLASS SE and Signo readers in terms of installation

Comparison of iCLASS SE and Signo readers in terms of installation

HID Global's iCLASS SE and multiCLASS SE readers have been the most recognized access control readers for many years. Soon it will be time to say goodbye to this popular reader series. In 2021 the transformation process began and the gradual transition to the new Signo series began. According to the manufacturer's plan, 2022 will be the last year of production of standard iCLASS SE and multiCLASS SE readers. Will the new readers enjoy the same popularity as its popular predecessor? What are the differences between the two series in terms of installation?

Starting the comparison, it must be said that the new series makes life easier for installers. The iCLASS SE series initially offered 4 forms of door mounted readers. After a few years, they were limited to three: two types of readers for mounting on narrow surfaces, and one for mounting in electrical boxes.

The Signo series makes things simple because two shapes are enough to meet users' expectations. One narrow and one for mounting in standard electrical boxes. Both forms are available with or without a keyboard.

As far as installation is concerned, apart from a modern look, we have some changes and news here:

  • Elegant and narrow reader with keypad (Signo 20K)

Until now, the HID range has not offered a solution that allows the use of two-stage authentication (card + PIN) in places with narrow installation surfaces, such as aluminum frames.

  • Design refinement of readers with terminal connection: the connector hub does not protrude beyond the outline of the reader housing (which was the main drawback of iCLASS SE R10 readers with terminal)

The Signo reader does not require the use of distance kits when mounting readers with a connection block.

  • All Signo readers are equipped with a Bluetooth module, thanks to which configuration options are programmed using a smartphone and the HID Reader Manager app

No more configuration cards needed when changing the configuration of iCLASS SE readers.

  • All Signo readers can be configured to work with Wiegand or OSDP communication

If it is necessary to adapt the system to higher security requirements, it is not necessary to replace the readers.

  • Signo readers require a 12V power supply. The iCLASS SE series was less demanding in this regard and it was possible to use 5-16V power supplies. This change shouldn't cause any problems as 12V power supplies are most often used in access control systems.

An additional benefit of Signo readers is the self-calibration feature which, compared to the iCLASS SE series, ensures better card reading by readers mounted on metal surfaces.

All in all, the new Signo series looks promising in terms of installation and should satisfy most installation companies that have so far offered iCLASS SE solutions.

Posted on 03/07/2022 Access Control 3095

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