ACR123U

Intelligent Contactless Reader

The ACR123U Intelligent Contactless Reader features a USB interface. It is integrated into existing POS (Point-of-Sale) terminals to support contactless payment applications. Customers can complete payment transactions simply by tapping cards onto the ACR123U. To ensure versatility, ACR123U supports different contactless cards including ISO 14443, MIFARE, MasterCard® PayPass™, Visa payWave®, and AMEX ExpressPay®. ACR123U is also Apple Pay-ready. It features three built-in ISO7816-compliant secure access module (SAM) slots, which can be used with a SAM card to boost security. It is compliant and certified with major payment and safety standards. For a more intuitive user experience, it comes with a large backlit LCD, and a large tapping area with light guides to indicate its responses to card-tapping. The ACR123U can greatly speed up movement in checkout counters, increasing convenience for consumers and merchants.

About ACR123U

The ACR123U is the USB version of the ACR123S, a cost-effective, flexible and intelligent contactless reader. It can be integrated to existing (Point-of-Sale) terminals or cash registers, to offer the convenience of a cashless payment system. The ACR123U speeds up movement in checkout counters, by enabling customers to complete payments by simply tapping their cards.

The ACR123U is equipped with a large graphical LCD that allows merchants to display messages, as well as a large tapping area with backlight, which guides customers in carrying out their payment transactions. Developed based on 13.56 MHz contactless (RFID) technology, it supports any contactless card following the ISO 14443-4 standard. It is also equipped with a large graphical LCD, as well as a large user-controllable tapping area with backlight.


ACR123U Standard Features

  • USB interface for Data Communication and power supply    
  • ARM 32-bit CortexTM-M3 Processor    
  • Smart Card Reader:    
    • Read/Write speed of up to 848 kbps    
    • Built-in antenna for contactless card access, with card reading distance of up to 50 mm (depending on tag type)    
    • Support for ISO 14443 Part 4 Type A and B cards and MIFARE series
    • Built-in anti-collision feature    
    • Three ISO 7816-compliant SAM slots
  • Built-in Peripherals:    
    • 16 alphanumeric characters x 8 lines Graphical LCD (128 x 64 pixels)    
    • Four user-controllable LEDs (Blue, Yellow, Green, and Red)    
    • User-controllable tapping region backlight (Red, Green and Blue)    
    • User-controllable speaker (Audio tone indication)   

ACR123U Typical Applications

  • Banking & Payment
  • e-Healthcare
  • e-Purse & Loyalty
  • Transportation

ACR123U Technical Specifications

Dimensions

Main Body: 159.0 mm (L) x 100.0 mm (W) x 21.0 mm (H)
With Stand: 177.4 mm (L) x 100.0 mm (W) x 94.5 mm (H)

Weight

Main Body: 281.0 g
With Stand: 506.0 g

Compliance / Certifications
  • ISO 14443, CE, FCC, RoHS 2, REACH, VCCI, KC
Interface

USB Interface with USB Standard Type A connector

Operating Distance

Up to 50 mm (depends on the tag type)

Supply Voltage

Regulated 5V DC

Supply Current

500 mA (max.)

Operating Temperature

0-50°C

Operating Frequency

13.56 MHz

Smart Card Interface Support
  • ISO 14443 Type A & B
  • MIFARE
Operating System Support
  • Windows®
  • Linux®
Release Date Drivers OS Support Version File Size Notes
  USB Interface
26-Jan-2017

Windows® 2000, Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Server 2003 R2, Windows® Server 2008, Windows® Server 2008 R2, Windows® Server 2012, Windows® Server 2012 R2 

4.2.2.0 874 KB
31-Mar-2016

Android 3.1 and above

1.1.3 472 KB
USB Interface
26-Jan-2017

Windows® XP, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2008, Windows® Server 2008 R2, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows 8.1, Windows® Server 2012, Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows® 10

4.2.2.0 5 MB
14-Nov-2014

Windows® 7 (for users who did not install required Microsoft Windows Updates and get driver signature error (Code 52))

4.0.6.0 5 MB
23-Nov-2015

Windows® CE 5.0, Windows® CE 6.0, Windows® CE 7.0

2.0.1.0 371 KB
07-Dec-2016

Linux

1.1.4 2 MB
07-Dec-2016

Mac 10.5, Mac 10.6, Mac 10.7, Mac 10.8, Mac 10.9, Mac 10.10, Mac 10.11, Mac 10.12

1.1.4 247 KB
16-Dec-2016

Linux, Mac 10.5, Mac 10.6, Mac 10.7, Mac 10.8, Mac 10.9, Mac 10.10, Mac 10.11, Mac 10.12

1.1.4 436 KB
23-Jan-2017

Windows® XP, Windows® Server 2003, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2008, Windows® Server 2008 R2, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows 8.1, Windows® Server 2012, Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows® 10

1.0.1.1 2 MB
23-Jan-2017

Linux®, Mac OS® X 10.5, Mac OS® X10.6, Mac OS® X10.7, Mac OS® X10.8, Mac OS® X10.9

1.0.1 261 KB
Product Presentation

Product Presentation of ACR123U Intelligent Contactless Reader

Technical Specification

Technical Specification of ACR123U Intelligent Contactless Reader

Application Programming Interface

Application Programming Interface of ACR123U Intelligent Contactless Reader

ACR123U SDK

ACR123U\ Intelligent Contactless Reader Software Development Kit

Comprehensive SDK—This SDK enables the ACR123U to be used and integrated to various POS Terminals. This SDK provides sample codes for device and contactless card programming in the Linux and Windows platforms, and supports programming languages including MS Visual C++, MS Visual C#.NET, and Linux GTK C++.

Payment Demo—The ACR123U SDK provides a demo for the payment functionalities of the ACR123U. By using the JCOP cards provided, which emulate a valid (non-expired card) and invalid card (expired card), the demo shows the various responses of the payment kernel loaded in the ACR123U to various payment scenarios. It also has a manual to explain the various payment functionalities of the ACR123U.

The development kit is priced at only US$300.

ACR123U SDK

Smart Card Reader(s)
  • 1 x ACR123U Intelligent Contactless Reader
Test Card(s)/ Token(s)
  • 3 x ACOS3 Contactless Smart Cards
  • ACOS6-SAM Secure Access Module Card
  • 2 x JCOP Cards emulating a PayPass Card
CD-ROM
  • Demo Programs
    • PayPass Demo
  • Sample codes
    • Demonstrates basic commands used to communicate with the cards and readers
    • Available in the following programming languages:
      • Windows
        • MS Visual C++
        • MS Visual C#.NET
      • Linux
        • Linux GTK C++
  • Reference Manual(s)
SDK Operating System Support
  • Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Linux Ubuntu 13

Contact Us

Hong Kong Headquarters

Advanced Card Systems Ltd.

Units 2010-2013, 20th Floor

Chevalier Commercial Centre

8 Wang Hoi Road, Kowloon Bay.

Hong Kong


Tel: +852-2796-7873

Fax: +852-2796-1286

Email: info@acs.com.hk


Japan Office

Advanced Card Systems (Japan) Ltd.

2-17-17, Nagatacho, chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

100-0014 Japan

AIOS Nagatacho Building


Tel: +81-3-6205-7201

Fax: +81-3-6205-7202

Website:

Email: info@acs.com.hk


Manila Office

ACS Technologies Ltd.

Unit 2106, One San Miguel Avenue Building

San Miguel Avenue cor. Shaw Boulevard

Ortigas Center, Pasig City,

Philippines


Tel: +632-633-6891

Fax: +632-638-5732

Email: info@acs.com.hk


USA Office

Advanced Card Systems (USA) Ltd.

21 Chippenham Drive Voorhees,

NJ 08043

USA


Tel: +1-856-784-7177 / +1-609-332-8593

Fax: +1-416-591-9123

Email: info@acs.com.hk

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