JCR721 is a compact, easy to use, high-performing and cost-effective PC/SC USB smart card reader/writer.

JCR721 supports multiple smart card PC/SC API protocols, utilizing USB Full-speed connection to increase reliability, communication speed and ease of operation.

Optimized for smart card applications where high speed is essential such as user authentication and PKI.

JCR721 is an Enterprise-class smart card reader that will fit any technological solution.

Typical Applications

  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  • Network Security
  • eGovernment
  • eBanking and ePayment
  • Access Control
  • Loyalty Programmes
  • eHealthcare


  • USB Interface
    • USB Full-Speed (12 Mbps), supports USB 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1 standards
    • USB Type-A connector (USB Type-C optionally)
    • Plug-and-Play – CCID support brings total mobility
  • Contact Interface
    • Supports ISO 7816 (part 1-3), Class A, B, C (5V, 3V, 1.8V) cards
    • Supports microprocessor cards with T=0 and T=1 protocol
    • Supports PPS (Protocol and Parameters Selection)
    • Features short-circuit and ESD protection
  • Application Programming Interface
    • Supports PC/SC
  • Compliance with the following standards
    • ISO 7816
    • EMVCo Compliance (EMV Level 1/Contact)
    • PC/SC
    • CCID
    • Microsoft® WHQL
    • Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 2.0 (USB v2.0)
    • Universal Serial Bus. Device Class: Smart Card. CCID. Specification for Integrated Circuit(s) Cards Interface Devices. Revision 1.1 (CCID v1.1)
    • PC/SC Workgroup Specifications Revision 2.01.14 (PC/SC v2.01.14, part 1 - 10)
    • PKCS#11 (v2.30)
    • EN 60950/IEC 60950
    • CE
Contact plate with scratches

After 1,000 insertion cycles
(any inexpensive s/c reader, typically with sliding contacts)

Contact plate without scratches

After 10,000 insertion cycles
(JCR721 reader with Landing contact group and Microlift™)

Technical specification

  • PC-linked mode: PC/SC
  • Protocol: USB CCID, Plug and Play, no additional USB drivers
  • Connector type: Standard USB Type-A (available USB Type-C)
  • Transmission speed: 12 Mbps (USB 2.0 full speed)
  • Supported card types: 5V, 3V and 1.8V smart cards ISO7816 Class A, B and C, Protocol T=0, T=1
  • Card acceptor: landing contact group with Microlift™, ISO 8 contacts
  • Life-cycle durability: 200,000+ card insertion cycles (500,000+ for embedded model JCR-701)
  • Card size: ID-1 (full-size), 1 slot
  • Card thickness: 0.76 mm ± 0.08 mm
  • Smart card clock frequency: 4-18 MHz
  • Smart card Interface speed: up to 323 Kbps (when supported by the card)
  • Compliance/Certification
    • Microsoft WHQL (Windows Compatible)
    • Certified for Microsoft Windows 10 Client for x64 and х86
    • EMVCo Compliance (EMV Level 1/Contact)
    • NDS (Navigation Data Standard) Compliance
    • ISO 7816
    • USB 2.0 Full Speed (USB 1.1 compatible), CCID
    • EN 60950/IEC 60950-1-2014
  • PC/SC Driver & OS Support
    • Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2, 2008 SP2, 2008 R2 SP1, 2012, 2012 R2
    • GNU/Linux x32/x64
    • Apple macOS 10.13 High Sierra (x64), mac OS 10.14
    • Mojave
    • Android 8 (Oreo)
    • Sailfish Mobile
  • Develops the recognizable and ergonomic ASEDrive IIIe case design by Athena Smartcard Solutions, licenced by NXP, whilst the internals & firmware are totally new
  • Color: Light grey (black optional)
  • Status indicator: 2 LED indicators (Green – working, Red – error)
  • Cable length: 1.8 m (for USB Type-A connector)
  • Unique Serial Number: Yes (machine-readable and printed on sticker – 8 digits in HEX)
  • Upgradable firmware
  • Power source: USB port
  • Power supply: DC +5V (built-in 3.3V and 1.5V regulator)
  • Power consumption: power on 100 mA max, short circuit protection
  • Power to smart card: up to 60 mA
  • Smart card detection: movement detection with auto power-off automatic detection of smart card type short circuit and thermal protection
  • Short circuit protection: +5V/GND on all pins, advanced ESD protection up to 15 KV
  • IP33 Protection Class (protection from solids and liquids)
  • Dimensions: 87 [L] × 72 [W] × 17 [H]
  • Weight: 90 g (without package)
  • Operating temperature: 0° - 70°C
  • Operating humidity: 40 - 60%, max 80% (non-condensing)
  • MTBF: 500,000 hrs
  • Warranty: 1 year manufacturer’s warranty (up to 3 years optionally)


Smart card reader JCR721 black
Smart card reader JCR721 black in pack

We offer complete customization options

  • Casing
    • Color (light grey or black)
    • Customer or distributor logo (laser engraving or printing, mono- or multi-color)
  • Packaging
  • OEM- or Embedded version – you can fit it into your PC and any specific devices. SDK is also available.

Product line

Mini Smart Card Reader JCR721


The compact mini-reader for periodical use on trip, at home

JCR721 Vertical Smart Card Reader

Vertical reader

Enterprise entrusted reader, made on the base of JCR721

JCR721 OEM Embedded Smart-Card Reader

OEM- or Embedded reader (3,5", 5,25" Slim)

Made on the base of JCR721, intended for embedding in personal computers and other devices