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Code cylinder
Production information

Security device

Usage and history

A code cylinder was a common security device used by military officers, corporate executives, and politicians. It acted as a sophisticated keycard for secure areas. Each cylinder contained its user's personal security clearance codes and data. It was not uncommon for high-ranking personnel to own multiple code cylinders, each with their own encrypted access codes. They were used extensively in the Galactic Republic, Empire, and New Republic, particularly to facilitate security measures. The devices, usually carried within a pocket or on one's belt, used the same interface as a droid's scomp link.

Code cylinders could be reprogrammed. In situations where it was impossible for a slicer to be physically present and hack a security door, they sometimes elected to reprogram the cylinder instead. Cylinders were programmed with countermeasures such that a failed reprogramming caused the data to become irretrievably corrupted.

In the city of Depatar, code cylinders were used to carry the permits citizens were required to have.[1]


Behind the scenes

In the movies the Code cylinders worn by Imperial officers were small pen-like radiation dosimeters[2].


An illustration from the Roleplaying Game Revised Core Rulebook.
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Notes and references

  1. "Clouded Paths"
  2. Star Wars Insider 96

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