Ethos™ PKI Readers

Readers for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) support Personal and Commercial Identity Verification (PIV/CIV)

WaveLynx Technologies’ line of contactless Ethos PKI Readers offers a modern aesthetic and a state-of-the-art feature set. They are designed for FIPS 201-2 identification validation in programs such as GSA/FICAM. This line of readers is fully compliant with the SIA OSDPTM protocol for validation of PKI-based Smart Cards (PIV, PIV-I, CIV, TWIC, CAC). The Ethos PKI line of readers is available in mullion or single gang mounting options, a backlit metal keypad for durable multi-factor authentication, and low-frequency proximity credential compatibility to support environments that are transitioning from Proximity to PKI.

Ethos PKI readers are designed for Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) but can accommodate Wiegand panel communications as well to support a seamless transition from other credential technologies to PIV. Equipped with our patented OSDP Autodetect feature. these readers enable an extremely cost-effective transition. OSDP Secure Channel functionality is "plug and play" when connecting the reader to an OSDP compliant access control panel providing encrypted communication with the host. OSDP secure file transfer* functionality ensures remote updates of the readers for disabling proximity card support upon completion of transition or remote firmware updates when necessary.

*NOTE: The connected access control panel must support Remote File Transfer. If not, proximity can be disabled using a Local File Transfer. This is accomplished with an Android App communicating over BLE, provided by WaveLynx Technologies.

Highly optimized designs require no reader calibration or tuning and provide short transaction times for an excellent user experience.

Technical Specifications

FEATURES Mullion Single Gang Keypad
RF Technologies
13.56 MHz
125 kHz & 13.56MHz
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Firmware Revision Ethos or later with PIV configuration
Current 106 mA average, 144 mA peak 118 mA average, 169 mA peak 143 mA average, 193 mA peak
Voltage 5-16 V DC 5-16 V DC 5-16 V DC
Electrical Connections

Power In
Connection Type 24“ Pigtail
Temperature Range UL tested -35° to 66°C and EN -40° to 70°C and 95% humidity
Dimensions 5.1” x 1.7” x 0.71” 5.1” x 3.25” x 0.71” 5.1” x 3.25” x 0.71”
Card Support FIPS 201 cards including: PIV, PIV-I, CAC, CIV, and TWIC
Handles structured data transfer required for smart card operations allows for use in Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management and Personal Identity Verification environments.
Read Range Up to 1.5 inches
Certifications FCC, IC, CE, UL 294, EN 302291, EN 301489, EN 300330, EN 50130-4, IP55, BIS IS 13252