Access Credential Form Factor Tutorial

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Mar 08, 2012

Deciding which type, or form factor, of access control credential to use and distribute can be a difficult task. Knowing the limitations and strengths of common form factors will help the integrator recommend the right choice. In this note, we examine the most common form factors availible, describe the design attributes of each, and describe where they best are applied.  

The common 'form factors' of credential are:

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  • **********
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  • ******** *****

****/******

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**********

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Stickers ** ******

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Embedded *****

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************

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