What is the LEAF standard?

What is the LEAF standard?

A new identity information protocol offers an alternative to known platforms and supports interoperability within the access control market.

LEAF is a new standard for identity authentication, which provides an alternative to well-known platforms such as LEGIC or HID. In contrast to these technologies, LEAF is an open platform designed to support interoperability within the access control market. That means end users can use their LEAF ID card, key fob or smartphone to unlock access via any LEAF-enabled reader. And because the LEAF standard can be retrofitted with suitable existing reader hardware, moving to LEAF is easy and cost-effective for system operators and manufacturers.

The LEAF standard was developed by DSP and cryptographic engineer Hugo Wendling and has been continued by the LEAF Consortium. The consortium consists of industry partners (including ELATEC) representing hardware manufacturers, software developers and identity media manufacturers. The standard is based on MIFARE DESFire EV2, which supports advanced security functions within an open multi-application architecture. For added security, the end user can set a LEAF Custom Cryptographic (Cc) key so that only authorized devices loaded with the key can read the encrypted media.

Sean Houchin

Sean Houchin

As the concepts of “smart office” and “smart city” move into the mainstream, many applications require user identification and access control. But managing multiple user identities and identification media for different applications (transportation, building entry, EV charging, device login, etc.) is a problem for users. At the same time, implementing a solution for user identification and access control can be intimidating for equipment manufacturers and buyers.

See also  Seven Apps to Improve Small Business Productivity

The LEAF standard ensures that all LEAF-enabled products are interoperable with other LEAF products. LEAF-enabled products include door locks for building access and RFID readers for physical and logical access control. LEAF access readers can be integrated into various applications, including elevator panels, turnstiles, multifunction printers, computer workstations, vending machines, retail registers, EV charging stations and more. The open standard provides more flexibility and versatility for equipment manufacturers and owners, providing a future-proof solution that anyone can adopt without disrupting existing access control infrastructure.

An interoperable universe of access control solutions is also easier for end users. The LEAF standard creates an ecosystem of products and devices from different manufacturers that work seamlessly together, so a single credential can be used with everything. Instead of juggling a wallet full of different ID cards or a multitude of competing digital identity management apps, they can use their LEAF ID card for all LEAF-compatible devices. If the standard takes off in the future, a single digital identity can be used across multiple applications at work and in the consumer space.

The LEAF initiative makes implementing access control easier than ever. Suitable readers can be made LEAF compatible with a simple firmware update, enabling backwards compatibility with existing reader technology. The open platform makes LEAF exceptionally easy to implement for equipment manufacturers and system integrators. And it makes it possible to design an integrated access system for a building or campus that includes everything from the front door to the printer under one universal standard – even when using readers from different manufacturers. As a result, LEAF provides equipment manufacturers and end users with an excellent physical and logical access control option.

See also  How to customize and use quick tap gestures on Android

Curious about implementing LEAF? ELATEC can help you decide if the LEAF standard is right for you. Sean Houchin is Product Manager for ELATEC, in Palm City, Florida, and is part of the global ELATEC GmbH product management team. He has more than 20 years of experience in product development, management and application engineering. Sean is an expert in RFID technology, optoelectronic and fiber optic video, audio and data transmission equipment for military and commercial applications, and is a veteran of the US Navy.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *