Introducing the New S550 Contactless Membership Card Reader/Writer

Jan 30, 2020, 09:49 AM by Amelia Albanese

SocketScan S550 Contactless Membership Card Reader Writer

Socket Mobile is continually innovating to provide solutions that meet or anticipate evolving market needs. New tap-and-go solutions provide the ability for application partners to provide a loyalty solution using the tried and trusted “tap and go” mechanisms that Apple Pay and Google Pay has provided the payment world. We keep our application partners top of mind as we consider new products to include in our growing portfolio of data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced productivity. With all this in mind, we are happy to announce our latest product, the SocketScan S550 - a contactless membership card reader/writer, designed to facilitate tap-and-go smart card and NFC applications. 

The S550 combines the latest 13.56 MHz contactless technology with Bluetooth 5 connectivity. The goal is to help retailers digitize their loyalty and membership programs, since consumers increasingly expect an in-store experience that is as easy and frictionless as shopping online.

The S550 supports ISO 14443 Type A and B smart cards, ISO 15693 tags, MIFARE®, FeliCa® and most NFC tags and devices compliant with ISO 18092 standard. This makes S550 ideal for a broad range of solutions, such as hands-free verification for physical and logical access control and inventory tracking. The S550 supports two Bluetooth modes: HID Keyboard Emulation, for native app support, and App Mode for customer app development using our capture SDK interface.

With a compact design and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for power, the S550 is extremely portable and convenient for use anytime, anywhere with most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones and tablets. 

  • Works with iOS, Android and Windows® Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Meets Accessory Design Guidelines for Apple devices (Release R7) – Compliant with Apple, Android and Windows product recommendations.
    • HID (Keyboard Emulation) profile available for native app support.
    • Capture SDK available for custom app development.
  • Reading – Fast NFC and RFID Reader (HF tags, labels, smart devices).
  • Writing – Write/Encode, lock, unlock tags.
  • Long-Lasting Battery - Power to last up to 16 hours.
  • User Feedback - Intuitive LED indicators  let users monitor battery, Bluetooth connection and scanning status at a glance. 
  • HID Mode (default) - No software installation required when using the NFC and RFID Reader/Writer in Bluetooth HID mode.
  • Application Integration – Socket Mobile’s Capture SDK enables easy integration in your applications to improve business productivity with fast, efficient and reliable data transfer over Bluetooth wireless technology.
  • Wireless (Bluetooth) - Reading for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices with long-range Bluetooth connection of 330 feet (100m).
  • Easy Updates - The S550 firmware can be updated over Bluetooth using an iOS or Android app. A library of PCSC Models and Reader templates is also provided to simplify designing with RFID technology.
  • Designed and assembled in the USA
  • Developer Support Available
  • 1-Year Warranty

The Socket Mobile Capture SDK gives Socket Mobile’s application partners the ability to support these new tap-and-go capabilities. If you’re a developer, please go here for more information on our new S550 Contactless Membership Card.


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