The OMNIKEY 6221 USB reader is a combination portable reader as well as memory storage unit. The reader will interface with SIM-sized contact smart cards including 5V, 3V and 1.8V smart cards and ISO 7816 Class A, B and C. Because this reader doubles as a data storage unit, it allows users to easily encrypt sensitive or private data so that it may not be accessed if the reader should fall into the wrong hands.
The security features of the OMNIKEY 6221 are stellar, featuring encryption and digital signature in tandem with PIN protection. Two-factor authentication is available, which is highly useful in the mobile work environment. The removable MicroSD memory allows users to upgrade to as much as 32 GB of data storage, depending on the individual user's needs.
The OMNIKEY 6221 is powered by the USB slot that it is plugged into. Data transmission speeds are not a problem, as this product features 420 Kbps reading of contact smart cards, and 480 Mbps transmission of data.
The reader is short circuit and thermal protected at up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit, and features motion detection as well as automatic power off. The product is Windows, Linux, and Mac compatible and is plug-and-play compatible with drivers. The OMNIKEY 6221 is very light and compact; it weighs only 17 grams and it is less than four inches long by just over an inch wide.
The 6221 unit is also a good investment as companies looking to upgrade can just use a new SIM-sized SAM module and reuse the OMNIKEY 6221 reader.