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:
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.
The Signo reader does not require the use of distance kits when mounting readers with a connection block.
No more configuration cards needed when changing the configuration of iCLASS SE readers.
If it is necessary to adapt the system to higher security requirements, it is not necessary to replace the readers.
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.