Introduction to Readers

Over the past few decades, numerous Access Control Reader technologies have surfaced; each with of their respectfull place and use within the Access Control and Building Management industry. At Softcon, we pride ourselves to have already seamlessly integrated with the top manufacturers in the world.

As Softcon is a Control Panel manufacturer, the primary communication we utilise to readers is the industry standard; Wiegand. Furthermore, we have integrated biometric readers for basic configuration and template management; operated directly from our Softwin3 Software Platform.

Reader Technologies

A basic overview of different reader technology options.

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Over the last decade, biometrics has become the preferred technology for many identity management implementations in the southern African region.

One of the major players in the acceptance of the technology is the Morpho brand from Safran. Morpho’s experience dates back to 1979, including partnerships with international law enforcement and government agencies.The design of Morpho fingerprint terminals results from extensive experience in biometric solutions.

In South Africa, Ideco is the sole supplier of world-leading Morpho biometric terminals. Over 60 000 Morpho fingerprint readers are deployed across the country to securely manage more than 2 million people in a diverse range of professionally-managed, security-conscious businesses.

Softcon is an Ideco certified partner. Softcon has integrated the Morpho biometric technology into its access control solution, providing clients with a seamless interface that is filled with advanced features available in the powerful Softwin3 package, while leveraging off Morpho’s world class fingerprint technology.

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Technology Brief

Fingerprint-based identity management (IDM) solutions can be applied to numerous other systems where identity-based fraud is rife. Innovative IDM solutions can minimise criminal activities in many areas of business such as workforce management, canteen systems, account management etc. Reliable identification is of fundamental importance in industries where environmental hazards must be contended with. In harsh working environments, it is essential to be able tolocateall staff at all times.

Testing and benchmarking surveys by the US National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) and NIST Minutia Interoperability Exchange (MINEX) consistently rank Morpho algorithms among the world’s top performers. Morpho algorithms are entrusted to manage more than 2 billion fingerprints worldwide.

More about IDEMIA (Morpho Sagem)

Morpho terminals can work in identification mode, verification mode or a combination of both. Identification compares a person’s fingerprint to all records in the database, returning an exact match and positively identifying them. This process is called one-to-many or 1:N. Verification matches a user’s fingerprint data with additional information in their possession – for example a password, ID number, PIN or card. This process is called one-to-one or 1:1.

Morpho‘s superior scanners and algorithms deliver faster and more accurate identification than any other fingerprint technology based on the scanners’ ability to capture accurate data as well as the algorithms’ analytical and predictive capabilities.


IDEMIA Product Range

Sagem Biometric Readers have been superseded by the MA Sigma Series.


HID Global is a trusted leader in solutions that deliver secure identity for millions of customers the world over. Recognised for robust quality, innovative designs and industry leadership, HID Global is the supplier of choice for businesses servicing market demands. OEMs. Integrators and application developers choose HID Global to fulfil the demands made by both physical and logical access control and the pressures of providing card personalisation services. HID Global has a worldwide presence with local support in all geographical regions. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group Brand.

Softcon is currently HID Globe’s largest partner in the African region and has been distributing HID Global technology in excess of 20 years.

Technology Brief

HID Global is a technology supplier with experience in all RFID technologies, with a history going back more than 20 years. Extended warranties on brands, local support and an extensive prestigious client base provides the confidence and experience to support customers who may be looking to either maintain current systems or upgrade to the latest RFID technologies. White Papers and extensive technical advice enables customers to select the right technology to partner their installation and gain maximum benefit from this capital expenditure. The most recognised brand in the access control market combines reliability, performance and the confidence to pair with an industry standard market leading product.

As market demands change and as customers become more and more cost sensitive HID Global provides the best cost of ownership solution in today’s market. Upgrade paths from all currently installed technologies to any of the latest technologies are available with the secure knowledge of partnering with the manufacturer best prepared and positioned to ensure any transition is completed to everyone’s satisfaction.

For more than 20 years HID Global has been at the forefront of ensuring secure data storage and secure methods of communication. One of very few companies which are able to provide technologies capable of being compliant with the strictest of standards including US PIV compliancy. This ability enables everyone to select an HID Global product with complete confidence.


ZKTeco is a leading global developer of security and time management solutions. ZKTeco is subdivided in 5 distinct business divisions which are known as: ZKSoftware, ZKAccess, ZKiVision, ZKBiolock and ZKAFIS. Each ZKTeco division has a dedicated team of experts and professionals to serve our customers and partners worldwide. At our state-of-the-art 700000 square feet ISO9001-certified R&D/Trial and Manufacturing facilities, we control manufacturing, product design, component assembly and logistics/shipping -- all under one roof.

ZKTeco has over 2000 employees at its R&D/Manufacturing facility in China along with branch offices/subsidiaries in USA, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Dubai, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, and India. Our global offices further enhances our ability to provide local product/logistic support, and service our customers/partners more effectively and efficiently.

Technology Brief

  • Biometric and Card Access Control and Time & Attendance Readers: Fingerprint, Facial, Vein & Card
  • Entrance Control: Turnstiles, X-Ray Machines, Parking Barriers (Boomgates) and Metal Detectors


Suprema is a global leader in biometrics and securities technology. By combining world renowned biometric algorithms with superior engineering, Suprema is able to continually develop and manufacture reliable industry leading products. Suprema’s extensive portfolio of products include biometric access control systems, time & attendance devices, fingerprint/live scanners and embedded fingerprint modules.

Suprema supports world wide sales network that spans across more than 133 countries around the world and was the first biometrics company listed on Korea's stock market (KOSDAQ 094840)


Visitor / Asset

1D & 2D Barcodes for various applications.


Powered by Android Mobile

Featuring a small, rugged and compact handheld design, with an environmental protection rating of IP65 (Water & Dust Resistant) and a drop survival height of 1.5m. This rugged scanner is built for harsh environments, offers quick-chargin technology and has a 5.0-inch touch Gorilla Glass 3, utilizing the latest 1.3GHz quad-cor processor and boasts 2Gb RAM/16Gb ROM (Expandable to 32Gb) to ensure quick operating and minimizing traffic delay.


Operating System
Android 7.0
2Gb RAM/16Gb ROM
4G & WiFi
Physical Characteristics
IP65 protection rating and 1.5m drop tested. Ideal for harsh environments
5.0-inch tough Gorilla Glass 3
4500mAh with Fast-charging technology

Scanning Options

  • Vehicle License Disk
  • Driver's License
  • ID Card
  • ID Book

Scanning Actions

  • Record Data
  • Grant Access (Automatically open gat)
  • Enrol Biometric Fingerprint for Access
  • Send OTP (One Time PIN)

Multiple Integrated Technologies


Data populated and sent to a standalone DB
Data populated sent to local server with Access Control option to open a turnstile/boomgate.
CLOUD (Coming soon)
Data populated is verified and synced with a Server in the Cloud; offsite and centralised.