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tSec Standard
RFID Card Reader


With a slim attractive design and the versatile mullion mount, the tSec Standard is ideal for almost any location, including aluminium framed doors where larger readers are not an option.

  • Multi card technology provides support for 13.56MHz (DESFire and MIFARE) and 125kHz cards from a single reader
  • Encrypted RS-485, OSDP with secure channel, or standard Wiegand communication
  • Optional Bluetooth® / NFC credential reading
  • Configurable LED strip 
  • Read range up to 60mm (2.36") with proximity ISO cards
  • Fully encapsulated design with environment IP Rating of IP65 for outdoor and indoor operation
  • Optional vandal resistant cover


A range of optional features means there is a model to suit everyone.

  • Available with or without capacitive touch keypad
  • Choose from the 125kHz or MIFARE/DESFire models, or the Multi Technology model that supports all formats
  • Optional Bluetooth® / NFC connectivity to allow access via a smartphone
  • Optional vandal resistant cover
  • Optional surface mount box
  • Opt for either black or white according to your decor

Available with 13.56MHz smart card capability, or as a multi technology reader that combines both 125kHz proximity and 13.56MHz capabilities in a single unit delivering maximum compatibility while providing a path forward to the latest technology. The multi technology reader is ideal for organizations that wish to transition to smart technology at their own pace, as it means they don’t need to replace all their cards upfront.

Bluetooth / NFC capability enables you to use your smartphone as your access credential for maximum convenience. Equipped with support for most modern iOS and Android devices, you can unlock the door using a unique access credential that is entered against your user record in Protege, and authenticated by a secure cloud based server.

Choose between the intelligent RS-485 connection for fast, flexible, secure communication, or Wiegand for compatibility with all standard access control systems. RS-485 provides the added benefits of being easier and more cost effective to wire and deploy, and allows for direct integration with Protege systems enabling you to make changes on the fly once readers are installed. RS-485 also allows for longer cable runs and offers a simpler firmware update process.

The OSDP protocol improves interoperability and adds scalability, flexibility and ease of implementation. OSDP with Secure Channel offers additional security with AES-128 encryption and predefined key management and authentication. For specifications and reader configuration, refer to AN-321 Configuring tSec Multi-Technology Card Readers for OSDP Communication.

The tSec reader provides the ability to change the color of the LED strip (16 colors available) to show when a function has started, succeeded or failed. For example, when a function is used to arm an area, you can set the LED to change to purple to show that the function has started, yellow to show that the area has armed successfully, and red to indicate that the function has failed.

Note: This feature is only supported when wired using RS-485.

The IP65 environmental rating provides a high degree of protection from the elements, making the tSec reader suitable for harsh environments. Readers can be mounted indoors or outdoors, located anywhere from the car park gate to the office door.

Designed to withstand some of the harshest settings, the optional vandal resistant covers are ideal for locations where a card reader may be exposed to damage, including corridors, parking buildings, correctional facilities, and other public places. Highly resistant to impact, such as from the swing of a hammer or baseball bat, its robust construction provides greater durability and protection against vandalism and malicious damage. The flush design also serves as an anti-ligature measure for an additional level of safety.

Optional Vandal Resistant Covers

Covers can be ordered for the tSec Standard Reader using the part code : PRX-SVRC

Mounted correctly, the tSec Reader Vandal Resistant Cover is compliant to DHF TS 001:2013, the ENHANCED REQUIREMENTS & TEST METHODS FOR ANTI-LIGATURE HARDWARE to grade B4 for vertical direction devices and to impact level IK10.

Keypad Support

Regular keypad variations of the tSec Reader range do not operate correctly with the vandal resistant covers that are provided separately. You must order the reader as a kit (including the cover) using one of the following part codes:

  • PRX-TSEC-STD-KP-VRC (Multi Technology)
  • PRX-TSEC-STD-KP-BT-B-VRC (Multi Technology with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology).

This optional accessory allows you to mount the tSec Reader projected from the wall, providing space for an external conduit.

The surface mount box is ordered separately using the product code TSEC-SMB-STD

Available Models / Ordering Information

Order Code / Description





tSec Standard Multi-Technology Card Reader
tSec Standard Multi-Technology Card Reader with Keypad
tSec Standard 125kHz Card Reader
tSec Standard 13.56MHz Card Reader
tSec Standard 13.56MHz Card Reader with Keypad
tSec Standard Multi-Technology Card Reader with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
tSec Standard Multi-Technology Card Reader with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
tSec Standard Multi-Technology Card Reader with Keypad and Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
tSec Standard Multi-Technology Card Reader with Keypad and Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
tSec Standard Multi-Technology Card Reader with Keypad, Vandal Resistant Cover and Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
tSec Standard 13.56MHz Card Reader with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
tSec Standard 13.56MHz Card Reader with Keypad and Bluetooth® Wireless Technology

* Keypad editions with vandal resistant cover included. Covers may be purchased separately for readers without keypads, but regular keypad editions do not support vandal resistant covers.


Ordering Information  
Order Codes See available models
Power Supply  
Operating Voltage 12VDC (9.5 to 14VDC)
Operating Current 254mA (peak, reading)
Card Read Range MIFARE 60mm (2.36")*
DESFire EV1/EV2 ISO 15mm (0.6")*
125kHz Clamshell 40mm (1.57")^
Tag Read Range MIFARE 30mm (1.2")*
DESFire EV1/EV2 ISO 6mm (0.23")*
125kHz 25mm (0.98")^
Wiegand Interface Multiple format 26 or 34 Bit data 0 and data 1, card defined.
Frequency 13.56 MHz ISO/IEC 14443 Type A*
125kHz pulse width modulated^
Multi Conductor Cable Wiegand: 22Awg alpha 5196, 5198, 18Awg alpha 5386, 5388. Max Distance 150m (492ft)
Module comms/RS485: Belden 9842 or equivalent. Max distance 900m (3000ft)
OSDP Communication OSDP standard 2.1.5 with Secure Channel Protocol ** / ***
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology  
Bluetooth Read Range Proximity mode: up to 0.5m (1.6ft) Configurable**
Action unlock (shake): up to 5m (16.4ft) Configurable**
Bluetooth Electronic credential transmission technology NRF8001 Bluetooth 4.0 compliant
Proprietary data exchange protocol. AES128 Encrypted
Reader App Version: 1.04.175 and above
Credentials can be distinguished by unique site code and card number
Bluetooth Wireless Device Protege Mobile 1.0.x
NFC Read Range Up to 60mm***
NFC (Near-field communication) Electronic credential transmission technology Android 4.4 or above, with phones which support ISO7816-4
Proprietary Secured DESFire credential Credential is AES-256 (NIST certified AES algorithm)
Reader App Version: 1.04.175 and above
Credentials can be distinguished by unique site code and card number
NFC Wireless Device Protege Mobile 1.0.x
Operating Conditions  
Environment IP Rating IP65
Operating Temperature UL/ULC -35° to 66°C (-31° to 151°F) : EU EN -40° to 70°C (-40° to 158°F)
Storage Temperature -10° to 85°C (14° to 185°F)
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 520,834 hours (calculated using RFD 2000 (UTE C 80-810) Standard)
Reader Dimensions (H x W x D) 117 x 46 x 18mm (4.61 x 1.81 x 0.71")
Vandal Resistant Cover (H x W x D) PRX-SVRC tSec Standard Reader cover: 162 x 91 x 22.6mm (6.37 x 3.58 x 0.88")
Reader with Surface Mount Box (H x W x D) 117 x 46 x 51mm (4.61 x 1.81 x 2.00")
tSec Standard Reader Net Weight: 110g (3.89oz)
Gross Weight: 130g (6.7oz)
tSec Standard Reader with VRC Net Weight: 190g (3.89oz)
Gross Weight: 280g (9.9oz)
tSec Standard Reader Surface Mount Box Net Weight: 40g (1.4oz)
Gross Weight: 60g (2.1oz)

*Applies to MIFARE/DESFire and Multi-Technology models only
^Applies to 125kHz and Multi-Technology models only
**Applies to 125kHz and Multi-Technology models only
***Applies to 125kHz and Multi-Technology models only

Regulatory Notices

This equipment carries the RCM label and complies with EMC and radio communications regulations of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) governing the Australian and New Zealand (AS/NZS) communities.

Protege systems conform to AS/NZS 2201.1:2007 Class 5 intruder alarm systems standards for the construction, operation, performance and installation of intruder alarm equipment and systems installed in clients' premises.

Conforms where applicable to European Union (EU) Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU, Radio Equipment Directive (RED)2014/53/EU and RoHS Recast (RoHS2) Directive: 2011/65/EU + Amendment Directive (EU) 2015/863.

This equipment complies with the rules, of the Official Journal of the European Union, for governing the Self Declaration of the CE Marking for the European Union as specified in the above directives.

This equipment carries the UKCA label and complies with all applicable standards.

  • UL 294 for Access Control System Units
  • CAN/ULC S319 for Electronic Access Control Systems


his is a Class A digital device that meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.


FCC Rules and Regulations CFR 47, Part 15, Class A.

This equipment complies with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference; (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.