Reasons for a Non-Functioning SAB Access Card

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SAB Access Cards  have an integrated circuit that is attached to an antenna and then sandwiched between plastic. They use RFID (radio frequency identification) which is a wireless technology for communication between electronic devices.

When properly handled, SAB Access Cards are a reliable access entry device. There are three primary reasons you may experience SAB Access Card failure:

  • Breaking the bond between the chip and antenna. This can occur through abnormal wear and tear on the card in the area of the chip. This is most often caused by using the card for something other than what it was intended. Additionally, attaching your SAB Access Card to the same key chain as your keys can also damage your card.
  • Exposing the card to electrostatic discharge (ESD). SAB Access Cards have an integrated circuit within the plastic which can be wiped out by static electricity.
  • Exposing the cards to extreme magnetic fields. Magnetic fields can wipe out a chip’s programming, rendering it unusable.

If any of these has taken place, the SAB Access Card will need to be replaced. To avoid future issues, it’s important to know that the proper handling and storage of SAB Access Card is critical to the life of the card.

A smart, affordable, and simple way to ensure the safety and longevity of your SAB Access Card is by using a badge holder. Placing your card in a wallet or purse wallet can also help protect the card.


Nick Gabbin |