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Smart Card Solutions for a Simpler World


Things seem to be getting ever more complex. When you go and grab a cup of coffee, there are 100s of different choices you can make before the smiling barista puts a cup in front of you. That's only a small issue, security for premises, security for money, and managing transactions all seems to take more time than it should. The solution may lie in the smart card.

Smart Card Solutions – How Smart Cards Work

One of the easiest ways to reduce complexity is to rely on machines to take away the effort of doing something. A smart card service can assist with managing many tasks in the modern world and make them more effective. More and more businesses are relying on smart cards to secure their premises.

However, there are many other uses for which they are being adopted. Medical insurance providers are beginning to issue smart cards that carry a patient's history, insurance coverage and conditions and payment records. Banks and retail outlets are migrating their debit and credit cards over to smart card systems with embedded microprocessors that offer additional layers of security to clients. Mobile phones use specially modified smart cards – that's the SIM to most of us, which identifies the user on the network as soon as the SIM is placed in a handset.

In fact the applications for a smart card service are potentially unlimited. If you have data that needs to travel with someone, remain secure while it does and then be usable in a variety of situations or places, that's what a smart card is for.

There are two essential types of smart card. The first is a memory based card, which uses a fixed amount of memory to store user information. The second uses a microprocessor to enable additional flexibility in the way data is processed and used. These smart card solutions are contact based solutions – which means they need to interact directly with the reader to function.

A new development in smart card technology is the proximity card which doesn’t need to touch the reader in order to function.