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Contact Smart Cards


The first main advantage of contact smart cards is their flexibility. Contact smart cards are very flexible in providing authentication at different level of the bearer and the counterpart. The second main advantage is security. Smart cards can be electronic key rings, giving the bearer ability to access information and physical places without need for online connections. Other general benefits of smart cards are: Portability; Increasing data storage capacity; Reliability that is virtually unaffected by electrical and magnetic fields.
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Contact smart cards, also called Contact chip 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.

Manufacturer Available chips
Infineon SLE5542 / SLE4442
  SLE4428 / SLE5528
Atmel AT24C01
  ISSI4428 / ISSI4442
Other Available Chips: 24LC02
  I2C Bus
  I2C 2K
  I2C EE2K
  Please contact us if the chip that you need is not listed above.

1.Material: PVC, PET, laminated

2.Size/Dimensions: CR 80- ISO 86mm*54mm, or customized size
3.Thickness: 0.84mm or other customized thickness is available
4.Printing/Color: CMYK 4C offset printing, single or full color on both sides. And also pantone colors or silk-screen printing color.
5.Other options:
  ♦ Finish: Glossy, matt, frosted
  ♦Magnetic stipe: 3 tracks magnetic stipe, LoCo 300 oe; HiCo 2750 oe, encoding for magnetic stripe
  ♦Barcode: Code 128, Code 39, EAN-13, QR code etc.
  ♦ Hole punch, hot stamping color, signature panel, embossing, UV serial numbers, UID chip number printing etc.
6.Packaging: 200pcs/box, 10boxes/carton or 20boxes/carton for standard size card, or customized boxes and cartons as required
7.Lead time: 7-10 days after approval for standard printed cards

Smart cards serve as credit or ATM cards, fuel cards, mobile phone SIMs, authorization cards for pay television, household utility pre-payment cards, high-security identification and access badges, and public transport and public phone payment cards..
Smart cards may also be used as electronic wallets. The smart card chip can be "loaded" with funds to pay parking meters, vending machines or merchants. Cryptographic protocols protect the exchange of money between the smart card and the machine. No connection to a bank is needed. The holder of the card may use it even if not the owner. 
The subscriber identity modules used in mobile-phone systems are reduced-size smart cards, using otherwise identical technologies.
Smart-cards can authenticate identity. Sometimes they employ a public key infrastructure (PKI). The card stores an encrypted digital certificate issued from the PKI provider along with other relevant information. Examples include the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC), and other cards used by other governments for their citizens. If they include biometric identification data, cards can provide superior two- or three-factor authentication.
Smart cards are not always privacy-enhancing, because the subject may carry incriminating information on the card. Contactless smart cards that can be read from within a wallet or even a garment simplify authentication; however, criminals may access data from these cards.
Cryptographic smart cards are often used for single sign-on. Most advanced smart cards include specialized cryptographic hardware that uses algorithms such as RSA and Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA). Today's cryptographic smart cards generate key pairs on board, to avoid the risk from having more than one copy of the key (since by design there usually isn't a way to extract private keys from a smart card). Such smart cards are mainly used for digital signatures and secure identification.
Smart cards are also used to identify user accounts on arcade machines.
Public transit
Smart cards, used as transit passes, and integrated ticketing are used by many public transit operators. Card users may also make small purchases using the cards. Some operators offer points for usage, exchanged at retailers or for other benefits.
Computer security
Smart cards can be used as a security token.
Smart cards are also used for single sign-on to log on to computers.
Smart cards are being provided to students at some schools and colleges. Uses include:
 ♦Tracking student attendance
 ♦As an electronic purse, to pay for items at canteens, vending machines, laundry facilities, etc.
 ♦Tracking and monitoring food choices at the canteen, to help the student maintain a healthy diet
 ♦Tracking loans from the school library
 ♦Access control for admittance to restricted buildings, dormitories, and other facilities. This requirement may be enforced at all times, or just during after-hours periods, depending on security needs.
 ♦Access to transportation services
Smart health cards can improve the security and privacy of patient information, provide a secure carrier for portable medical records, reduce health care fraud, support new processes for portable medical records, provide secure access to emergency medical information, enable compliance with government initiatives (e.g., organ donation) and mandates, and provide the platform to implement other applications as needed by the health care organization.
Other uses
Smart cards are widely used to encrypt digital television streams.