In July 2020, IGEL launched its IGEL Ready Program. IGEL is the world's leading provider of next-gen edge OS solutions for secure cloud workspace deployment. Its innovative software products include the IGEL OS™ operating system, the IGEL UD Pocket™, and the Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). With this portfolio, IGEL creates a more secure, intelligent, and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform for virtually any x86-based device. As part of the IGEL Ready Initiative, IGEL has now opened up its operating system to any technology partner who wants to integrate and validate their products to work with IGEL OS. For CHERRY, participation in the IGEL Ready Program is a great opportunity to offer its own products to an ever-growing market and create an increased presence to its customers. In addition, CHERRY is taking the opportunity to create basic compatibility of its products with IGEL so that no subsequent adjustments are required on the customer side. CHERRY thus makes it possible for its products to interact securely and smoothly with IGEL - just as users are accustomed to, simply according to the principle of plug & play.
According to a recent report by StudyFinds.org, four out of five parents are considering homeschooling their kids for the upcoming school year. Of those 2,000 parents surveyed, nearly half note that they are seriously considering implementing remote learning instruction from home in 2020 and 2021. One-fourth of parents surveyed revealed that they will not allow their children in a classroom.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, families are fearful. The prospect of a "new normal" during these uncertain times calls for precautionary measures to limit the spread of infection and to keep children, parents, and teachers alike safe and healthy. As public schools begin to reveal what a return to classrooms may look like, many parents feel uneasy about children returning to school and have pre-emptively opted to transition to a homeschool model. Parents surveyed explain that equipping children for each school day will require more time and preparation (i.e., ensuring that kids are provided with adequate face coverings, outfitting them with antibacterial hygiene products). Many also feel that the pandemic protocols, including social distancing, would take the focus away from learning, and escalate stress for school-age children.
In these uncertain times, school districts all across the country have to reconsider their instructional plans for the upcoming school year. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, many schools are moving towards adopting virtual-based instruction with remote learning platforms, such as Blackboard and Edmondo.
Transitioning to online instruction can seem like a daunting task for students, instructors, and parents alike. How can one set up an ideal remote classroom conducive to effective teaching and learning? What tools are needed to be the most productive?
CHERRY has a broad range of reliable and durable mice and keyboards to make remote learning easily accessible and enhance the digital learning experience. As our motto goes, "We enable people to connect to the digital world." As we move quickly towards a more digitalized future, students and teachers alike will benefit from durable products in renowned CHERRY quality
What exactly is remote learning?<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzU1MDQ5NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MjA4Nzg2OH0.zOrjfvM3fqhAEnEjw8LXE5C33D7KYpLN5dzQvnGVmRQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="d5a03" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="be04dc5281f5a3c4f287e8adc5359342" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="4016" data-height="6016" />Photo by Tina Witherspoon on Unsplash<p><strong>Remote learning</strong> is where the student and the instructor, or information source, are not physically present in a traditional classroom environment. Information is communicated via technological applications, such as discussion forums, video conferencing, and online assessments.</p>
Zen oasis<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzU1MDUyMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjczMzk3NH0.PfXCOsiyQM05qWRncJTPlz3g_MnziJZ-yi-wKmpkx3k/img.jpg?width=980" id="4c54a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="74bf4af5ffd451b9be8cb921e2a094bc" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="800" data-height="800" /><p>A serene, peaceful environment is ideal when working, instructing, or learning from home or another remote location. While it cannot be guaranteed that school-age children will be quiet and still for the duration of the lesson, CHERRY offers products which keep noise to a minimum. </p><p><a href="https://www.cherry-world.com/cherry-gentix-silent.html" target="_blank">The GENTIX SILENT</a>, quiet, no-click designer mouse, has been specially designed to promote quiet work environments while maintaining quintessential CHERRY quality and ergonomics. Students can work efficiently and quietly while benefitting from perfect ergonomics ideally suited for hands, both small and large. Especially if one or both parents are #WFH, annoying mouse clicks needn't disturb their work. </p>
Comfort is key<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzU1MDUzMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTYxMDEwOH0.Yr1jiByHyQZ-QolofVUi5o55HdiVfCuN-BiwG_c8St4/img.jpg?width=980" id="b72d1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8acdf1e2d1db4926032b8f726dedd820" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1920" data-height="1143" /><p>Featuring an ultra-flat ergonomic top design, the <a href="https://www.cherry-world.com/cherry-stream-keyboard.html" target="_blank">CHERRY STREAM</a> allows users to work in proper typing form, alleviating strain on the wrists and fingers, especially when working long hours each day. The layout is ideal for hands, both big and small, meaning school-age children will benefit from learning how to type correctly on a device that is both durable yet comfortable.</p><p>It is exceptionally robust, with a key lifespan of over 20 million presses, and can be used immediately as its Plug & Play capability means that no software installation is required. The STREAM also has 10 additional keys that allow easy control over volume, multimedia functions, and frequently used Office applications.</p>
Meet your individual needs<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzU1MDUzNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2ODkyMDg2MH0.fDHEpI8WndLbUs-e7kk3nbbKEw7IRcAUmKY0Jq_ST0c/img.jpg?width=980" id="405f3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="489007438ebfb5c109bbc1ec5fd11e4c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1920" data-height="1143" /><p>The compact and flat housing of the <a href="https://www.cherry-world.com/cherry-kc-6000-slim-for-mac.html" target="_blank">KC 6000 SLIM FOR MAC</a> enables fatigue-free work and visually enhances the working space with its outstanding design.</p><p>The search for key combinations or corresponding settings in the control panel can be very time-consuming. Save time with quick access to the 12 most commonly used Mac functions.</p><p>The precise scissor mechanism does what it promises. Every keystroke sits, letters are no longer swallowed. Students and instructors can benefit from error-free key input in stressful situations.</p>
Flexibility<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://blog.cherry.de/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzU1MDU1OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMDc1MjQ3OX0.DL-lLbrxFLhOdUbVROTOXzUPp9aGWyfR9mVYvhc0L2E/image.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C89%2C0%2C110&height=1500" id="c7d0f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="cd5bb9365dd7e0e7740e275cdf30dc1d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2000" data-height="1500" /><p>The remote classroom is only as good as the equipment used. Instructors and students alike will benefit from this wireless mouse's ease-of-use, and the integrated high-precision LED laser sensor, which allows the mouse to be used on nearly every surface, including glass tables.</p><p>Unlike other conventional mice, the <a href="https://www.cherry.de/cherry-mw-8-advanced.html" target="_blank">CHERRY MW 8 ADVANCED</a> can be connected either with the supplied 2.4 GHz wireless USB receiver or via Bluetooth®. The connection types can be changed quickly using a switch on the base of the mouse. This allows, for example, a laptop to be connected via Bluetooth® and a PC to be connected via a regular wireless connection and both to be operated with the same mouse - ideal for instructors working remotely across various devices and teaching platforms!</p> Elegant and beautiful, yet rugged and durable, the CHERRY MW 8 ADVANCED stands out with its anodized aluminum surface and rubber side parts. The compact, symmetrical design means that it fits snugly in the user's hand, and is perfect for both left- and right-handed users.
Style and durability<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzU1MDYzOS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3NDk0ODgxNX0.CSqdyHJs6ufM7Vwht0wBVbm2ZCNvmcpt-sVQS5xiFF0/img.png?width=980" id="8af08" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c4ac96f174530eca2595c6e94f7689c1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1280" data-height="1280" /><p>With the <a href="https://www.cherry-world.com/cherry-dw-9000-slim.html" target="_blank">CHERRY DW 9000 SLIM</a> wireless desktop set, the connection types can be switched in an instant using a switch on the mouse or keyboard. This allows, e.g., a laptop to be operated using Bluetooth® and allows a PC to be operated using the same desktop by means of a wireless connection with AES encryption. The data are transferred using AES-128 encryption in both cases.</p><p>The CHERRY DW 9000 SLIM features rechargeable lithium batteries that last for weeks of work. The mouse and keyboard conveniently charge using the micro USB cable included with the set, even while in use. A simple switch can turn off the keyboard and mouse altogether, to ensure that the rechargeable batteries hold their charge.</p><p>Students and instructors alike will enjoy the robust durability of the DW 9000 SLIM. The keyboard contains an integrated metal plate, lending it an optimal sturdiness and stability. Should you prefer a steeper angle while typing, you can adjust the keyboard using the 4 rubber feet included with the set. An integrated metal plate ensures high stability and prevents bending and bounding when typing. </p>
According to Verizon's "2019 Data Breach Investigations Report," 36% of data breaches are committed by insiders. Insiders are responsible for 54% of incidents in the healthcare industry and 34% in the public sector. The most recent prominent example is Twitter. Unknown persons have hacked numerous Twitter accounts of celebrities. Via the Twitter profiles of former U.S. president Barack Obama, presidential candidate Joe Biden and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and many others, the hackers spread advertising for dubious crypto-currency deals. Accounts of companies like Apple and Uber were also affected. The magazine "Vice" reported shortly after the incident that a Twitter insider was responsible for the hack. With the SECURE BOARD 1.0, CHERRY has a solution in its portfolio that effectively tackles problems such as the one suspected here from the hardware side.
Who would have thought at the beginning of the year that many of us would be working from home at this time? Although some, especially freelancers, are already familiar with home office, the Corona crisis is forcing a lot of people into unfamiliar ground. But gradually, employees and supervisors are getting used to the new situation and they are realizing that there is no lack of morale or quality within one' s own four walls - on the contrary, the productivity of colleagues tends to be higher in the home office.
The current situation, in my opinion, will lead many companies to rethink their remote work policies after the crisis, opening up many new opportunities for employees and employers. Germany is now once again discussing the idea of the right to a home office. But what does this mean for companies and employees?
It's a new experience for most of us. Because of Covid-19, we are sheltering in place and working from home, day after day. There are some advantages, unless commuting to and from the office was the highlight of your day. But there are plenty of challenges, too. Watching the kids while remaining productive is not easy. It's more difficult to stay in close touch with team members to keep ideas flowing and projects moving. Staying in shape and looking good for those video conferences requires determination. And the aches and strains of makeshift home offices can be a pain in the back, shoulders, wrists, and more.
But don't worry, stay-at-home-office-workers. CHERRY is here for you! As a world-class designer, manufacturer and source of computer keyboards, mice and other computer input devices, we believe in the future of the office—whether it's at home or somewhere else. So, here are ideas we've CHERRY-picked for the home-bound, tethered, tired and toiling among us.
Be an Ergo Honcho @ Home: Antidotes to Work Tension + Apprehension<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwMTQ2OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MTA3NTM4MX0.gzeRfU0wEx9XKqtnQ6_2wXx1l2ccJYYxz5yfVGKDzJk/img.jpg?width=980" id="7869e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1ffaa35e1d080e7f79610ed6bc60d0ff" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1280" data-height="853" /><p> Maintaining good ergonomics can be real a challenge when you're working from home. Your work space has suddenly become the kitchen table, a living room chair, or a small desk in the bedroom, none of which were designed for extended periods working at a computer or talking on the phone. Finding the right furniture, computer setup and office equipment, maintaining a proper posture, and practicing the right exercises and stretches can help prevent musculoskeletal issues and other problems that cause fatigue, discomfort, back pain, and a myriad of other stresses and strains.</p><p>Here are links to a few articles we've sourced to help you understand the impact of poor ergonomics and what you can do about it. But before we do, let us remind you that great ergonomic keyboards and mice can make a real difference about how you feel working from home or anywhere else.</p><ul><li>From EHS Today<strong></strong><br><a href="From EHS Today Ergonomics Recommendations for Remote Work Link: https://www.ehstoday.com/health/article/21127667/ergonomics-recommendations-for-remote-work From BTOD.com Video: 12 Desk Stretches to Improve Back Pain at Your Desk https://youtu.be/E9rzpfRqTHs From Diamond Wellness 6 Ways that Poor Ergonomics Can Have Negative Consequences on Your Health Link: https://diamondwellness.com/6-ways-poor-ergonomics-can-negative-consequences-health/ From the Bolton & Company Blog Ergonomic Tips and Considerations While Working from Home Link: https://boltonco.com/2020/03/18/ergonomic-tips-and-considerations-while-working-from-home/ From Business Insider The Most Challenging Things About Working Remotely Link: https://www.businessinsider.com/working-remote-challenges-work-from-home-2019-10#and-it-may-be-hard-to-find-a-healthy-work-life-balance-9" target="_blank">Ergonomics Recommendations for Remote Work</a><br><a href="https://www.ehstoday.com/health/article/21127667/ergonomics-recommendations-for-remote-work" target="_blank"></a></li><li>From BTOD.com<br>Video: <a href="https://youtu.be/E9rzpfRqTHs" target="_blank">12 Desk Stretches to Improve Back Pain at Your Desk</a></li><li>From Diamond Wellness<a href="https://diamondwellness.com/6-ways-poor-ergonomics-can-negative-consequences-health/" target="_blank"><br>6 Ways that Poor Ergonomics Can Have Negative Consequences on Your Health</a></li><li>From the Bolton & Company Blog<br><a href="https://boltonco.com/2020/03/18/ergonomic-tips-and-considerations-while-working-from-home/" target="_blank">Ergonomic Tips and Considerations While Working from Home</a></li><li>From Business Insider<br><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/working-remote-challenges-work-from-home-2019-10#and-it-may-be-hard-to-find-a-healthy-work-life-balance-9" target="_blank">The Most Challenging Things About Working Remotely</a></li></ul><div>Learn more here: <a href="https://cherryamericas.com/ergonomics" target="_blank">https://cherryamericas.com/ergonomics</a></div>
More Fun, Less Fatigue When Working from Home<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3927981d8a42e9e441ce1c88ef53437f"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MMBh-eo3tvE?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>There's a lighter side to "work-at-home" life. CHERRY has compiled a set of links to give you a little humor and relief amidst the fatigue and frustration of being remotely connected and digitally tethered all day long. However, one thing that's not a joke and nothing to laugh about is proper ergonomics and the right individualized tools, solutions and devices that adapt to your workstyle. Check out what has CHERRY has compiled to make home work life more fruitful and fun. </p><ul><li>From Bored Panda<br><a href="https://www.boredpanda.com/work-from-home-jokes-quarantine-coronavirus/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic" target="_blank">33 Working From Home Jokes That People Who Can't Work From Home Will Get </a></li><li>From BuzzFeed<br><a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/alliehayes/tweets-jokes-about-working-from-home-sequel" target="_blank">18 Jokes About Working From Home That Are Equal Parts Hilarious And Accurate</a></li><li>From Vogue<br><a href="https://www.vogue.com/article/working-from-home-funniest-tweets" target="_blank">10 of the Best Tweets About Working From Home</a></li><li>From Today<br><a href="https://www.today.com/parents/funny-relatable-tweets-parents-amid-covid-19-quarantine-t177684" target="_blank">These 23 relatable tweets from parents about quarantine will make you laugh</a></li><li>From The Coronado Times<br><a href="https://coronadotimes.com/news/2020/04/16/covid-19-comedy-videos-to-help-lighten-your-day/" target="_blank">COVID-19 Comedy: Videos to Help Lighten Your Day</a></li></ul>
Digital Diversions for Kids to Aid Distracted Work-at-Home Parents<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwMTUwMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3Njk3NTk5OX0.w2f27Y3JYY9jWRuTmQ1t8z8BC8fbg9Z_SDTpOCs_tuQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="e557b" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7528399d8fd5a7e5f4667e4d380337ae" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1280" data-height="854" /><p>You're working from home and the kids aren't in school or day care. What's a parent to do? CHERRY has assembled a few links to cogent articles about how parents can cope with the challenges of childcare and home-office work without losing their minds or driving their children crazy. Health care provider, Ochsner Health, for example, discusses its top ten tips for balancing family and work:</p> <ul><li>Remain calm</li><li>Create a schedule</li><li>Create a sense of consistency</li><li>Set expectations</li><li>Don't be too hard on yourself</li><li>Encourage literacy</li><li>Exercise together</li><li>Be intentional with family time</li><li>Don't be afraid to ask for help</li><li>Take care of yourself</li></ul><div>So read on, and remember, you're not alone.</div><ul><li>From Parents Magazine<a href="https://www.parents.com/parenting/work/life-balance/how-to-master-being-a-work-at-home-mom/" target="_blank"><br>How to Master Working from Home – While Under Quarantine with Kids</a></li><li>From Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood<br><a href="https://commercialfreechildhood.org/social-distancing/?fbclid=IwAR1pdTojkNj9T7_3O-Cb6vOQ6OgqqZkzshDtkLuaeK-yR3RrBr0BU4j7974" target="_blank">School is closed. Now what?</a></li><li>From Axios<a href="https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-parents-stress-066aa3e1-d1d9-4112-84ed-c65184d04e39.html" target="_blank"><br>Parents' stress levels spike as pandemic drags on</a></li><li>From Children's Minnesota<br><a href="https://www.childrensmn.org/2020/03/27/tips-parents-reducing-stress-quarantine/" target="_blank">Tips for parents: Reducing stress during quarantine</a></li><li>From Ochsner Health<br><a href="https://blog.ochsner.org/articles/quarantined-with-kids-10-tips-to-balance-family-and-work" target="_blank">Quarantined with Kids: 10 Tips to Balance Family and Work</a></li></ul>
Staying Social and Stylish When Working from Home<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwODAxNy9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MjU5NzI0Nn0.dTfIassPpNedUqyEcnMaI-KbES49HWBiL8MukQNdx5M/img.png?width=980" id="d3e26" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8f0af8bbf7e61f32fb1125a83f4649e9" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="948" data-height="519" /><p>From socializing with friends to staying connected with co-workers, the Covid-19 pandemic is teaching us all, by necessity, to find creative new ways to collaborate and party at a distance. Can you imagine how impossible this would all be without high-speed connectivity and the social media and collaboration tools and applications connectivity has enabled? If your looking for new ideas about how to stay in touch, stay productive, and stay social from your home—and look good while you're doing it—here's some advice for the quarantined. CHERRY has assembled links to a number of fun and informative articles about how it's done.</p><ul><li>From The Active Times<a href="https://www.theactivetimes.com/featured/coronavirus-social-distancing-family" target="_blank"><strong><br></strong>How to Stay in Touch with Friends and Family During the Coronavirus Pandemic</a></li><li>From Wired<br><a href="https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-stay-social-while-staying-at-home/" target="_blank">Fun Tools and Tips to Stay Social While You're Stuck at Home</a></li><li>From Workest<br><a href="https://www.zenefits.com/workest/how-to-stay-connected-with-your-colleagues-while-working-from-home/" target="_blank">How to Stay Connected with Your Colleagues Remotely While Working from Home</a></li><li>From The Muse<br><a href="https://www.themuse.com/advice/team-culture-relationships-remote-work" target="_blank">Creative Ways to Stay Connected to Your Coworkers when You're All Working from Home</a></li><li>From Inc. Magazine<br><a href="https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/5-ways-to-look-your-best-on-your-next-zoom-meeting.html" target="_blank">5 Ways to Look Your Best on Your Next Zoom Meeting</a></li><li>From USA Today<br><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/04/11/zoom-meetings-go-better-these-6-tips-look-your-best/5125980002/" target="_blank">Six tips for looking great in a Zoom meeting</a></li><li>From Owl Labs<br><a href="https://www.owllabs.com/blog/video-conferencing-etiquette" target="_blank">Video Conferencing Etiquette: 10 Tips for a Successful Video Conference</a></li></ul>
Smart card terminals are usually called smart card readers or chip card readers in the desktop environment. The expression is somewhat misleading because the "reader" does not read anything itself. It only forwards the APDUs (Application Protocol Data Units) between the card and the host. It does not matter whether it is a read or write command, for example. Today, it is impossible to imagine access control to sensitive areas without smart cards.
CHERRY enters the race with its SmartTerminal with USB connection supports for protecting sensitive data in a straight-forward and reliable way. The terminal lives up to its name and is undoubtedly smart: it is stable and can be operated with one hand thanks to its weight, making it extremely easy to use. It reads and writes chip cards with extremely low power consumption. Whether access controls, network logon, or chip card-based internet transactions - the SmartTerminal ST-1144 makes a valuable contribution to protecting sensitive data. The reader is a real all-rounder - considering compatibility is very important: it starts with the chip card types. The SmartTerminal ST-1144 reads and writes all ISO 7816 cards and is compatible with USB 2.0, the software interfaces CCID, PC / SC, CAC, and the OmniKey 3121 (Aviator).
Entering the world of zeros and ones<p>It has always been of immense importance to people to have control over who they have access to, and who they do not. Long ago, defensive measures such as a moat and a drawbridge provided protection against unwarranted outside attacks. Solid city walls, along with gates locked in the evenings, allowed for feelings of safety and security. However, in today's digital age, things are much different. </p><p>In addition to controlling the purely physical access to buildings or sensitive areas within them, there is also access control into the digital world of zeros and ones. An intelligent method of authenticating those who want to enter - be it in a building or a computer - along with many other options such as passwords, number codes or biometric authentication methods - is the smart card.</p>
“Bouncers” for sensitive areas<p> Authorities in the broadest sense and government institutions, in particular, are undoubtedly the most sensitive buildings and institutions that regulate very precisely who has access to which areas. In the Department of Defense (DoD), for example, the Common Access Card (CAC) controls the standard authentication for the personnel of the uniformed service in active duty, the selected reserve, the civilian employees of the Ministry of Defense and the authorized external personnel. It is also the main card for physical access to buildings and controlled spaces and provides access to the United States Department of Defense's computer network and systems.</p>
The hardware side of authentication<p>Of course, all this only works if there is a device that can read the cards. In the case of the smart card, this is a terminal. In addition to terminals with an electrical feed, which are used in ATMs, for example, most devices have to be manually inserted. Hence why a mechanism (switch) is required, that recognizes the insertion. The drawing of a card must also be recognized immediately, and the switch-off sequence carried out so that no live contact can damage the smart card.</p><p>The SmartTerminal ST-1144 supports the following chip card protocols: T = 0, T = 1, S = 8, S = 9 and S = 10. In addition to the common Windows operating systems, there are also drivers for Linux and macOS for the smart card Reader. The Department of Defense has also been relying on CHERRY's smart card terminals for a long time, having already used the ST-1144 predecessor models, namely the ST-1000 and the ST-1044.</p>
If you think only of strangely curved keyboards when it comes to ergonomics, you know nothing (or only a small part of the truth). From CHERRY's point of view, a tested safety mark (GS / Geprüfte Sicherheit) is an important indicator of an ergonomic keyboard. Keyboards with this test mark meet the requirements of all relevant DIN standards. This ensures that key sizes, key spacing, key arrangement, labelling, surface finish, etc. comply with the recommendations of the German Institute for Standardization.