Smart Cards & ID Card Printing Solutions
A smart card, chip card, or integrated circuit card (ICC) is any pocket-sized plastic card with embedded integrated circuits. Smart cards can provide identification, authentication, data storage and application processing. Smart cards provide strong security authentication for processeses like single sign-on (SSO) or Access Control within large organizations.
Smart Cards are mainly of three types:
Contact smart cards have a contact area of approximately 1 square centimetre (0.16 sq in), comprising several gold-plated contact pads. These pads provide electrical connectivity when inserted into a reader, which is used as a communications medium between the smart card and a host (e.g., a computer, a point of sale terminal) or a mobile telephone. Cards do not contain batteries; power is supplied by the card reader.
A second card type is the contactless smart card, in which the card communicates with and is powered by the reader through RF induction technology (at data rates of 106–848 kbit/s). These cards require only proximity to an antenna to communicate. Like smart cards with contacts, contactless cards do not have an internal power source. Instead, they use an inductor to capture some of the incident radio-frequency interrogation signal, rectify it, and use it to power the card’s electronics.
Dual-interface cards implement contactless and contact interfaces on a single card with some shared storage and processing.
Holoflex offers Smart Cards on a turn key basis wherein we can also do the customized printing on the cards or provide and commission Card Printers at client