MERCK Smart Card Application (MSCA)???

We have a customer that needs to conform to a new standard being pushed down from their corporate security in Sweden. Sweden has not been able to be reached to answer any questions we have.

The specification we are provided states that the readers must be MERCK Smart Card Architecture (MSCA), RFID, MiFare readers. Speaking with HID, they said that they can read the serial number, but not the specific MERK read key. My understanding is that it is similar to an HID Corporate 1000 key.

Here are the definitions from the specifications provided:

  • MERCK Smart Card Architecture: "The MSCA is the defined data organization that contains keys and data of mandated vendors, which are essential for the secured data exchange of smart cards and reading components."
  • Read Key: "The Read Key is a part of the MSCA and is necessary to allow RFID-Readers to establish a data exchange session with Merck Smart Cards.

I'm hoping the someone in the IPVM community is familiar with MERCK, and can help point me in the right direction to find a manufacturer who owns, or can support a MSCA Read Key.

Thank you in advance,

Dave

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