For some odd reason quite a few people seem to think that these logger / emulators are p****e devices, but then I believe that such a statement is like saying that motor vehicles exist to run over people. What I mean by this is that most devices are perfectly harmless, except in the hands of the wrong sort of person.
Anyway, to totally discount that invalid idea, then all I need to show you is this...
As no doubt most of you won't understand this quick diagram, then what a logger / emulator only can be is a "standards converter", when both IS07816 and RS232 are widely used International Standards.
Therefore, as these devices as I supply them, are unable to decode anything, then they really cannot be p****e devices, unless you are willing to discount every other standards converter that exists. And that list is an endless one, when for example could not NTSC to PAL converters be used to access and even duplicate copyrighted material?
Anyway, now that misconception is out of the way, then let me tell you what these devices are useful for.
To begin with, then for all the time that I have been supplying these items, then I have only been supplying them as "educational" devices. As for example you could never fully understand conditional access systems without seeing these systems in action, even if you read the entire specification.
Apart from that main use, then when developing smart card firmware, you would need one of these devices in order to test and debug your firmware. Following on from that important use, then these devices include an "emulator" feature, when in the past they have been known to emulate whole smart cards and card readers (decoders, CAMs, etc).
And finally. If you just wish to play with any smart card, or device with a card slot, then you can use one of these to send commands and look at the replies.
In other words these devices are useful to anyone who wishes to see how smart cards and other ISO7816 devices work. Since "smart card" devices are to be found everywhere these days, like with both official and unofficial smart cards, CAMs, decoders, programmers, bank cards/machines, and a great deal more, then so you can certainly connect up one of these devices to be able to see just what these mini computers are saying.
Following are my current logger / emulators, but first there are some terms that I should explain...
This is when you wish to have the logger emulating a smart card by having the PC software talking to the external card reader.
In this mode you can then take a log of the communication.
Now in this mode the logger does not do any talking at all, when instead it only listens to the smart card and external card reader talking to each other.
This communication can then be logged for analysis.
When you don't care about logging, then in this mode you can simply emulate the smart card (useful when building a decoder).
Or if the logger / emulator has its own card slot, and an external power option, then you can emulate being the card reader. You can also power these models through the card reader.
Analogue/Digital Emulator and Passive Logger
Although this logger / emulator lacks a card reader required for passive logging, this is still one of the most highly recommended models that you will find anywhere. This is because this special design minimises the power used by the interface, which means that this model is suitable for use on almost all analogue and digital systems.
Before this model was produced using mains power was a common method to add digital support to standard interfaces, but as I know from my one supported modified SEASON just adding mains power support does not mean that it will then work.
So if you require a logger / emulator for analogue and digital use, which supports Active Logging and Emulation, then I doubt that you will find a better model anywhere. And many of my customers have already been impressed at just how well this one works, which you could soon find out for yourself.
You should also not find this great model for sale through any other supplier, unless I sold these to them in a trade deal, when I purchased the very last of these models ever made by this manufacturer.
Included with the interface is one of my standard 9-pin 1.8 meter long serial cables for connection to a computer.
Ordering Code: SEASON2
Gross Weight: 162g
Price : Discontinued (maybe)
Analogue/Digital Emulator and Passive/Active Logger
These days it is with some regret that I gave most of my former SEASON2 models away for totally free, within my countless special offers involving them, when now it poses a bit of a problem obtaining more of an item discontinued back in 2001 by this manufacturer.
In all I can say that there is no better model than the SEASON2. After all this model worked on simply everything. It was not much bigger than a wafer card. It used surface mounted components. It looked good. It could fit in your pocket. And most of all it was hassle free plug in and go.
This explains why it took me nearly three whole weeks in order to track down the best replacement model. That I can say is no easy task, when standard season models are simply not up to modern day applications. As these days any model thinking about drawing more power from the card reader, than what a wafer card does, would be looking for trouble.
That is why I can say that this new SEASON3 model is a virtual copy of my former low power SEASON2 model, where the big difference is that it makes use of standard components instead of surface mounted components. That difference does not make for such a nice looking interface, but in my more limited testing it does work just as well.
This low power feature is the key to modern day digital use. As by using a simple system that many electricians would term "electrically messy", then this more basic TTL to RS232 power conversion does allow this interface to work in many situations that the standard season interface would not.
I guess that you could also say that the popularity of my former SEASON2 model directly led to the creation of this SEASON3 model, when even this manufacturer terms this device a "Season 2" type. That borrowing of my ordering code would be correct as well, when this model had no card reader before I added one. That additional card reader is what makes this a Season 3 class model.
It is odd that this manufacturer considers the addition of a card reader as questionable. This cannot be, when using Passive Logging to view the smart card and card reader taking to each other is one of the most beautiful and educational features of such a device. Still, that is odd manufacturers for you, when even the darker history of this device does not make it other than a basic ISO7816 to RS232 standards converter.
Anyway, since I wanted my new SEASON3 model to both be low powered and supporting Passive Logging, then this model not including the option of adding a card reader to it, could have meant me spending another week or two in finding a model that could support this function. And since I am handy with a soldering iron, where I have many card readers here that I was also using in the DOUBLER device, then so did my handy work quickly make for the new and complete SEASON3.
Also I can say that I am quite pleased with the Passive Logging function as well. As I know from previous attempts to combine Passive Logging and digital use, then the result can be much less than what is hoped. So from my testing it is indeed pleasing to see that the Passive Logging feature works fault free.
This model comes with a wired in serial cable all ready for connection to a computer's 9-pin serial port. The cable is about 1.95 meters in length. You can extend this length by chaining together my SERIAL cables if desired.
I should also mention to not be concerned over what looks like two missing components in the above photo. Since the season specification never defined connecting the external card reader's CLK signal to the computer's serial port, then neither should you expect to see components there.
Well in the end I can say that this SEASON3 model is bigger and bulkier than the former SEASON2 model, but since it seems to work just as well, then so would you be wasting your time to try and find an even better model. You simply won't find one. This new model supports Emulation, Active Logging and the new Passive Logging support, which is all you should need from a season interface.
That I guess is why I have already sold three entire batches of this new SEASON3 model, before I even put these details on-line. That is very unusual for any item, but then my past customer's should well know that my season interfaces are great. Since I am very pleased with this new model, then so should you be as well.
Ordering Code: SEASON3
Gross Weight: 135g
All of my logger / emulators can have their cable length extended using one of my serial cables (Order Code : SERIAL) costing just £2. And if you wish an even longer cable you can always chain these together in order to make very long cables. The cable is 1.8 metres in length and is 9-pin M-F.