I D Cards
A quickly growing application is in digital identification. In this application, the cards authenticate identity. Various identification cards used by many governments for their citizens. Combined with biometrics, cards can provide two- or three-factor authentication. Ours set up is capable of printing such cards after proper certification from authorizing bodies.
Smart cards are being provided to students at schools and colleges Usage includes: 1. Tracking student attendance 2. As an electronic purse, to pay for items at canteens, vending machines etc. 3. Tracking and monitoring food choices at the canteen, to help the student maintain a healthy diet 4. Racking loans from the school library.
Smart cards and integrated ticketing have become widely used by public transit operators around the world. Card users may use their cards for other purposes than for transit, such as small
Loyalty and Stored Value
Another use of smart cards is stored value, particularly loyalty programs, that track and provide incentives to repeat customers. Stored value is more convenient and safer than cash. For issuers, float is realized on unspent balances and residuals on balances that are never used. For multi-chain retailers that administer loyalty programs across many different businesses and POS systems, smart cards can centrally locate and track all data. The applications are numerous, such as transportation, parking, laundry, gaming, retail, and entertainment. purchases. Some operators offer points for usage, exchanged at retailers or for other benefits
The explosion of health care data introduces new challenges in maintaining the efficiency of patient care and privacy safeguards. Smart cards address both of these challenges with secure, mobile storage and distribution of patient information, from emergency data to benefits status. Many socialized countries have already adopted smart cards as credentials for their health networks and as a means of carrying an immediately retrievable Electronic Health Record (EHR). Smart card benefits in healthcare include:
1. Rapid, accurate identification of patients; improved treatment
2. Reducing fraud through authentication of provider/patient visits and insurance eligibility
3. A convenient way to carry data between systems or to sites without systems
4. Reducing record maintenance costs Physical Access Businesses and universities of all types need simple identity cards for all employees and students.
Most of these individuals are also granted access to certain data, equipment, and departments according to their status. Multifunction, microprocessor-based smart cards incorporate identity with access privileges and can also store value for use in various locations, such as cafeterias and stores. Many hotels have also adopted ISO 7816 type card readers to secure staff-only rooms and facilities.
All U.S. government and many corporations have now incorporated a contactless reader as an access point to their facilities. Some companies have incorporated a biometric component to this credential as well. The older systems deploy a simple proximity card system as the gate keeper. But as the security requirements have become stronger and the cost of ISO 14443 standard systems have become lower, the world is rapidly adopting this new standard. This market shift is partially driven by the US government’s adoption of the mandated Personal Identity Verification (PIV) standard. There is a rich ecosystem of suppliers and integrators for this standard.
A smart card, typically a type of chip card, is a plastic card
that contains an embedded computer chip either a memory or
microprocessor type that stores and transacts data. This data
is usually associated with either value, information, or both
and is stored and processed within the card's chip. The card
data is transacted via a reader that is part of a computing
system. Systems that are enhanced with smart cards are in use
today throughout several key applications, including
healthcare, banking, entertainment, and transportation. All
applications can benefit from the added features and security
that smart cards provide. According to Eurosmart, worldwide
smart card shipments will grow 10% in 2010 to 5.455 billion
cards. Markets that have been traditionally served by other
machine readable card technologies, such as barcode and
magnetic stripe, are converting to smart cards as the
calculated return on investment is revisited by each card
issuer year after year.
Types of Smart Card Smart cards
are defined according to
1). How the card data is read and written
2). The type of chip implanted within the card and its capabilities. There is a wide range of options to choose from when designing your system.