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AKB500 - Oblique

Compact Footprint

The AKB500 family of keyboards integrate OCR and MSR functionality to deliver a solid, multi-function device with a compact footprint ideal for airline passenger check-in and card reading, and retail/POS and security environments for quickly establishing customer identity.

Bi-Directional Reading

This latest version combines the robust ATB42x keyboard with the OCR310e – our newest OCR engine that is more than 50% faster than its predecessors. One of the key features of the AKB500 family is the placement of the read camera at the centre of the read slot, allowing for bi-directional reading within the footprint of the device and saving valuable desk space.


Simple Firmware Upgrades

The keyboard can be adapted to add a new host or to support non-standard cards, such as loyalty or frequent flyer and special dedicated formats. To ensure flexibility for the future, new firmware to add and modify features can be downloaded to the unit.


  • Check-In Counters
  • Boarding Gates
  • Retail / POS
  • Security

Device Features

Connection type

  • USB USB *
  • RS232 RS232


  • Magnetic Strip Magnetic Strip

Reader size

  • Swipe Swipe
* Optional

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Standard Layouts

104 key US or 105 key European standard versions

Custom keyboards

A wide range of layouts & languages are available


Cherry mechanical key switches rated at 50 million operations


Rugged design with steel chassis


Virtual serial RS-232 or keyboard wedge modes and an auxiliary RS-232 Port

OCR Reader

Reads MRTD including passports & visas conforming to ICAO 9303 as well as ID, resident alien & Green cards

Magnetic Swipe Reader

Accepts ISO 1-, 2- & 3-track credit cards to ISO7811/2-5

Options Including

Pointing Device, left & right 'mouse' selection buttons, USB hub to connect USB mice, fingerprint scanner, etc

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