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Multi-Technology Credentials using MIFARE® DESFire®

Highly secure, flexible and future-ready multi-technology credentials MIFARE DESFIRE smart + proximity technology (125 kHz + 13.56 MHz) allows customers to improve their existing legacy applications while migrating at their own pace.  Available in ISO style card and thin key fob. 


Interested in a whole new level of security, adaptability and flexibility? Connect with an Allegion team member to learn more about Schlage Credential Services. 


Schlage multi-technology using MIFARE DESFire EV credentials are extremely flexible. Particularly useful for facilities with high security needs during a transition from magnetic stripe and proximity technology to smart technology, this card can be read by both proximity readers and smart readers. This allows customers to economically migrate to more secure MIFARE technology utilized by Schlage readers and wireless locks at their own pace. 

 Open Architecture Solution


 Smart (encrypted)

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  • Includes both 125 kHz proximity and 13.56 MHz smart technologies in one credential
  • Open architecture design is built on ISO 14443A standards, providing for a faster data transfer speed
  • Compatible with Schlage (encrypted) and other industry manufacturers’ readers and electronic locks (CSN only)
  • Allows users an economic and convenient way to migrate to newer, more secure, smart technology



  • Open, standards-based platform easily accommodates applications of your choice
  • Non-proprietary Custom Key Encryption Services provides end users a greater level of control and flexibility
  • CardTrax™ account tracking program helps keep track of card numbers at no additional cost
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects



  • Custom artwork and laser engraving available
  • All credentials are composite, making the credential more durable
  • Available in multiple memory capacities

The credentials come in several models in various form factors and capacity options. View the data sheet to see all options.


Form factors

  • ISO glossy white - Similar in size and thickness to a credit card, ideal surface for printing custom artwork and images for identification
  • Magnetic Stripe ISO glossy white - ISO style card that also includes a magnetic stripe 
  • Thin key fob - Thinner style form factor for key ring applications 

Credential Technology

  • Multi-technology credentials MIFARE® DESFire® smart and proximity 
  • 13.56 MHz frequency and 125 KHz frequency



  • Compliant with international standard ISO 14443
  • 128 AES encryption protects data being relayed between card and reader 
  • Diversified keys
  • Mutual authentication 



  • Contactless 
  • Read range up to 1-2″



  • Can store multiple applications for a variety of functions
  • Open architecture system allows use beyond access control
  • Flexible memory structure
  • Standardization gives vendors flexibility to write applications to the credentials 

Schlage has partnered with NXP and its globally leading MIFARE® brand to provide smart card solutions, giving our customers greater choice and flexibility when building their ecosystem.

NXP's MIFARE technology has achieved:

  • Products that are proven and reliable with over 25 years of production
  • Over 10 billion chips sold to date
  • Utilized by more than 55% of all high-frequency (HF) access management systems throughout the world
  •  More than 1,000 partners in the MIFARE community
  • 40 different types of applications globally

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Additional Resources

Did You Know?

Walter Schlage patented the first “smart home” device in 1909—a door lock that also turned the home’s lights on and off.

Case Study

Case Study

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

Forward-thinking school strives to keep students safe.  A progressive adopter of security technologies, Mount Holyoke prepares for a contactless - and soon mobile - experience on campus.

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