VASCO Data Security - A World Leader in Strong AuthenticationVASCO DIGIPASS 805
All the features of our most popular Smart Card CAP Reader now in a more compact size



DIGIPASS 805 combines all VASCO Class 1 smart card reader functions such as e-signature with EMV-CAP compliance (Europay-Mastercard-Visa Chip Authentication Program) in a compact size.

Easy to use

DIGIPASS 805 automatically powers on when the EMV chip card is inserted. The user simply enters his PIN for two-factor authentication (something they know, something they have), and a one-time password (OTP) is generated and displayed. The user types this secure password to become authenticated over the bank’s network. This dynamic password cannot be used more than once and can only be verified by the issuing bank. Verification of the OTP demonstrates cardholder’s identity and allows access to the network from any terminal, on any platform.

DIGIPASS 805 can be used in conjunction with VASCO’s VACMAN Controller authentication platform. For electronic payments, DIGIPASS 805 can also be integrated into the 3D-Secure architecture, allowing the cardholder to sign specific account data to complete the transaction.

Low cost of ownership

DIGIPASS 805 combines the intrinsic security of a smart card with the flexibility of an authentication device. No extra personalization is required by the network owner and DIGIPASS 805 can therefore be delivered very efficiently in high volume. Security infrastructure costs are reduced since there are fewer helpdesk calls.

DIGIPASS 805 card reader allows banks to transition cost effectively to strong authentication for retail banking by leveraging their existing investment in EMV infrastructure.

Factory to Field

DIGIPASS 805 initializes itself and becomes a personlized device from the moment when user inserts their smart card and enters their PIN. All secrets are permanently erased when the card is removed.

DIGIPASS 805 is platform-independent and does not require personalization prior to customer delivery; each reader is identical. Therefore, production and distribution are efficient and very cost effective.


  • Stand-alone PIN pad reader
  • Display: High contrast, 12 character, 2-line LCD (1 line 60x7 dot matrix line and 1 line of 7-segment characters)
  • Size: Very compact size of 13 x 31,9 x 75 mm
  • Weight: 25 g
  • Keypad: 4 keys button (up, down, Clear/Cancel, OK)
  • Three-year lifetime
  • Standards:
    • Mastercard CAP (2004, 2007),
    • VISA dynamic passcode authentication version 1.1
    • German Sm@rt TAN
    • Belgian eID Card
    • Banksys Unconnected reader specification (BKS M.010 version 1.3)
  • Logo: the bank's logo can be printed underneath the display lens. Color of the casing can also be customized

Product Comparison:

Unique properties at a glance
Expected Lifetime (years) 4 to 5 3 to 4 4 to 5 4 to 7 4 to 7 15 15
Size handheld size palm size handheld size handheld size handheld size handheld size desktop
Function buttons 5 + on/off 4-point console 5 2 2 6 9
Display 2 line 2 line 2 line 1 line 2 line 2 line 2 line (large)
Optional realtime
yes - yes - - yes yes
Special interfaces - - - - - - CV version has an inbuilt
attachable earpiece
Logo printing location surface inside plastic surface inside plastic inside plastic surface surface
Optional cover with key ring (cover) yes          
Overall differentiating features
Special features
compared to
820 model
  Small size for portability Game console type operation popular with young people Slimmer, stylish design Plastic cover for durable logo Bank card number visible when smart card is inserted Restricted to straight-forward smart cards due to limited processing power Plastic cover for durable logo Bank card number visible when smart card is inserted APACS compliant
Extra function button
Durable desktop model, large
buttons and display, keypad
orientation mark.
Inbuilt speaker/
attachable earpiece
Replaceable batteries
Designed for: Needing a cost-effective high volume solution With young users, and/or requiring high portability With large deployments, needing a user friendly interface encouraging high user acceptance wanting to combine existing bank cards and OTP functionality With special applications where an attractive design is required With large deployments for situations where an extra function button is required With professional desktop users and users who are visually impaired or blind

Technical Specifications:

Compliance To Standards
Storage temperature -10 °C to 50 °C 90 %RH non condensing IEC 60068-2-78 (Damp heat) IEC 60068-2-1 (Cold)
Operating temperature 0 °C to 45 °C 85 %RH non condensing IEC 60068-2-78 (Damp heat) IEC 60068-2-1 (Cold)
Vibration 10 to 75 Hz
10 m/s2
IEC 60068-2-6
Drop 1 meter IEC 60068-2-32
Emission   EN 55022
Immunity 4 kV contact discharges 8 kV air discharges 3 V/m from 80 to 1000 MHz EN 61000 -4-2
EN 61000-4-3
Compliance to European directives (CE marking) 2004/108/EC (EMC directives) 2002/95/EC (RoHS directive) 2002/96/EC (WEEE directive)


PDF File
Download the VASCO DIGIPASS 805 Data Sheet (.PDF)