Best Smart Card Readers of 2023

Proximity cards have long dominated access control, but tighter regulations and cybersecurity threats have required a shift to more secure credentials. In 2023, smart cards are the preferred passwordless choice because they can also provide logical access to workstations, devices, data, and applications such as secure print, attendance tracking, cashless vending and many others.

Once a user has unlocked the door, smart card readers capable of programmable logical access are needed to unlock these additional benefits. So, what are our best smart card readers for 2023—and for years to come?

Here’s the rundown.