Nexus, Datakey Offer Rugged Smart Memory Keys for Endless Possibilities

1/25/2006 - Nexus (G.B.) Ltd. has been working with portable memory products in the UK and Ireland for over 20 years, marketing and selling the complete range of Rugged Smart Keys manufactured by US Leader - Datakey Electronics Inc.

Built to look and feel like a conventional key, the rugged, low cost devices are unobtrusive and available in Microwire, I2CTM or SPI Interfaces. Easy to use and utilised in a myriad of applications ranging from fuel management, cashless vending to telephone security and even for a government secure communications programme in the US by the National Security Agency (NSA).

There are well over 2 million memory keys in daily use in the UK and Ireland and these products are used world-wide in hundreds of military and commercial applications, providing a cost-effective and reliable way of storing and transporting electronic information where conventional methods would not survive.

Due to the harshness of many of the applications, the tokens are manufactured to stand up to the toughest environments including water, heat, cold, dust, dirt, magnetic fields and static electricity. Conditions you would never think of putting a memory card, smart card or even a disc into. Unlike other cards and carriers that can easily fail, the key's body protects the embedded memory chip from physical damage and harsh environmental influences. They can be sterilized, dropped in the mud, washed, exposed to electromagnetic fields or chemicals-and they'll still work.

Product applications are unlimited and Datakey Electronics offer custom design services to adapt the products to their customers' applications, making development easier and ensuring a speedy turnaround., through the availability of Serial Development Kits which utilise either RS-232 or USB interface, the concept idea can be tested in a matter of days.

The Serial Development Kit includes two Keyceptacles® or Receptacles (1 panel mount and 1 pc board mount), PC demo software with source code, programmers reference manual, a new KeyLinkTM II or SlimLinkTM II reader/writer, and customer specified keys or tokens.

For added security at a lower cost, Datakey Electronics now produce a new IIK Series of unique identifier memory keys with a standard I2CTM interface. The IIK Key's EEPROM has a unique 48-bit register that cannot be changed by the user. This register can be used to eliminate any possibility that the key could be copied.

John Barrett, Managing Director of Nexus (G.B.) Ltd and UK Distributor for Datakey products comments, "Customers can use the unique serial number to prevent duplication of keys by storing a list of the serial numbers before dispatching the keys or by using the key's serial number as a unique "seed" for encrypting data onto the key.

"The complete catalogue of fully-engineered standard memory keys, tokens and support peripherals can help solve endless design challenges and reduce time-to-market. Coupled with Datakey Electronic's 28 years+ of expertise in rugged, secure and reliable electronics and our superior service we should be the first port of call for any OEM looking for a portable memory solution."

About Nexus (G.B.)
Nexus (GB) Ltd has been working with portable memory products for more than 20 years on an exclusive basis in the UK & Ireland, marketing and selling the complete range of Smart Keys manufactured by US Leader - Datakey Inc. and subsequently Datakey Electronics Inc. Built to look and feel like a conventional key, the products are unobtrusive, easy to use and utilised in a myriad of applications ranging from fuel management, cashless vending to telephone security and more. Due to the harshness of many of the applications, the tokens are manufactured to stand up to the toughest environments including water, heat, cold, dust, dirt, magnetic fields and static electricity. Conditions you would never think of putting a memory card, smart card or even a disc into!

About Datakey Electronics
Datakey Electronics offers a complete catalogue of fully-engineered data transport solutions. The product line consists of proprietary memory Keys and other custom-shaped Tokens containing non-volatile memory, mating Receptacles, Reader/Writers, and Development Kits. These products are used world-wide in hundreds of industrial, medical, military and commercial applications, providing a cost-effective and reliable way of storing and transporting electronic information where conventional methods would not survive. In addition, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) choose Datakey Electronics because unlike consumer products, they offer life-of-product availability and support.

Datakey Electronics, Inc. has built a world-wide base of customers over the past 29 years. These include St. Jude Medical, General Dynamics, Cisco Systems, Raytheon, Siemens, Tyco Healthcare, Gilbarco, governments and many other multi-national corporations.

Datakey Electronics, Inc., based in Savage, Minneapolis, USA, is a fully vertically-integrated minority woman-owned business, designing, moulding and assembling all of its products in its own custom-built factory.

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