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Proximity access technology has been growing rapidly in recent years. Proximity technology is used nearly ubiquitously in credit cards, hotel key cards, and many companies, with 26 bit proximity cards (also referred to as H10301 cards) being the most common format. These 26 bit proximity cards contain an antenna (connected to some internal circuitry) that allows the card to communicate to card readers with a simple tap. With increased dependence on this exciting technology, however, also comes the need to protect these cards from being damaged.
Though 26 bit proximity cards have revolutionized the way the corporate world operates, they are not indestructible and can be permanently damaged through a variety of simple mistakes. These include, but are not limited to:
All of these simple mistakes damage either the antenna or the internal circuitry of the 26 bit proximity card, thereby preventing it from being accessed by a card reader.
One of the simplest ways you can protect your 26 bit proximity cards is by keeping the above list in mind and ensuring you do not make any of those mistakes. Never keep your cards in your back pocket, check your pockets before you wash your clothes, keep the cards somewhere safe when you deal with harsh chemicals, never punch holes in your cards, etc. If you manage a business that uses 26 bit proximity cards, be sure to educate your employees on this subject as well.
Additionally, you can purchase a standard badge holder to protect your cards. Some badge holders are designed to protect cards from UV rays, others are waterproof, and still others have rigid designs to prevent your cards from getting bent or scratched. Badge holders are a very simple yet effective preventative tool that you can use to make sure that your 26 bit proximity cards stay safe and in working condition.
In short, because 26 bit proximity cards have become so widespread, it is important that you take measures to protect your cards from getting damaged. Avoid making the mistakes outlined above and take the extra step to protect your cards with badge holders. Doing so will ensure that your 26 bit proximity cards are always in good, working condition.