PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI. – Cherry Americas LLC, part of a leading global manufacturer of reliable computer input devices, will include their complete line of secure CHERRY Smart Card reading devices as entries in the 2017 ASTORS Homeland Security Award competition.  CHERRY security products have previously been awarded the 2016 ASTORS Homeland Security Platinum Award.  The prestigious Homeland Security Awards Program was sponsored by American Security Today (AST) magazine, and is regarded as the most comprehensive awards program in the security industry.

The ASTORS Awards Program was organized by AST to recognize the most distinguished security vendors, as the nation continues to respond to escalating threats from home and abroad.  The innovative solutions being implemented to meet those threats has led to tremendous growth in the field of Homeland Security.

The award-winning CHERRY line of innovative Keyboards and Card Readers offers a broad selection of secure Smart Card devices to suit a user’s exact needs in controlling access to secure networks, databases and applications.  This comprehensive line includes the following products:

Smart Card Keyboards

The CHERRY JK-A0100EU and JK-A0104EU Smart Card keyboards were designed for maximum use in maintaining a secure user base.   These wired keyboards offer secondary authentication of a Smart Card before allowing access to the connected system.  In addition to the smart-chipset card reader, the keyboards support secure PIN entry.  The PC/SC Smart Card reader is CCID and EMV Level 1 approved, and is also compatible with reading and writing ISO 7816-compliant smart cards.  These FIPS 201 certified keyboards feature the classic CHERRY office “touch and feel” tactile quality for efficiency and ease of use.

Standalone Smart Card Readers

The CHERRY ST-1144 is a standalone USB Smart Card reader designed for heavy use.  The CAC and FIPS 201 compatible ST-1144 features a heavy weighted base which provides stability for one-hand operation.

Smart Card Readers

The CHERRY JT-0100WB contact reader and its contactless (JT-0200WB) and combination (JT-0300WB) partners, offer secure local access in a portable package.

For more information on the award-winning CHERRY Keyboards and Card Readers, please visit, or contact Cherry Americas LLC, 11200 88th Avenue, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158.  Phone:  800-510-1689.


Cherry Americas LLC, with its headquarters in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, USA, is part of a global leader in manufacturing of computer input devices with a focus on POS, desktop, industrial, healthcare, and IT security markets.  CHERRY leads in the manufacturing of switches used in mechanical keyboards for markets such as performance PC gaming.



Debbie Spurgeon

Technical Product Manager

+1 262-942-6526