Finalize configuration file

Before handing a configuration over to other stakeholders or deploying your configuration productively, please finalize the configuration file. In this step, the following happens:

  • The BALCFG file will be "frozen". The DRAFT suffix in the file name is replaced by a version number. This helps you distinguish a productively deployed version from a draft version. Changes can now only be made by creating a new version.

  • A BEC file is created. That's the format to deploy to your readers. It's end-to-end encrypted to protect it during transmission to other devices.

We highly recommend you always follow this process. It helps you manage your versions and distinguish drafts from released ones.

To finalize your configuration file:

  1. Open the configuration file (BALCFG format) in BALTECH ConfigEditor.

    If you haven't installed it yet, you can download it herecall_made as part of BALTECH ToolSuite.

  2. Connect a test reader to your computer. This is where your configuration file will be end-to-end encrypted.

    If productive readers are equipped with your own customer key, the test reader needs to hold that customer key as well. Otherwise, you won't be able to deploy the configuration.

  3. Click Finalize icon.

  4. Enter a file name for the BEC file and save.

    Keep the version number -01 as part of the file name as this helps you identify finalized versions later.

The upper part of the window turns green. This indicates that the BALCFG file has been "frozen". Use the BEC file to deploy the configuration to your readers.

You can also package the configuration with a certain firmware version to ensure a defined behavior and speed up the deployment process .

Will someone else keep working on the configuration?

  • Hand over the BALCFG file: The BEC file can't be edited.
  • Set a password: It encrypts the BALCFG file and thus protects sensitive information (e.g. encryption keys) during transmission. To set a password, click File > Set Password. Please transmit the password via a different channel than the configuration, e.g. via SMS or on the phone.