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The Smart Card Advantage

A smart card is a plastic identification card containing electronic memory, and in some cases, an embedded integrated circuit (for RFID models). They are sometimes called "smart id cards" or "rfid cards" depending on the smart card vendor. More security conscious businesses (like the medical profession) are using the benefits and advantages of smart cards to ensure the id of employees every year.
Plastic smart cards come in two types — contact smart cards and contactless smart cards. Contactless smart cards only require close proximity to a reader to enable the transmission of identification data, commands and card status, hypothetically taking less time to authenticate versus contact smart cards. Both reader and card have an internal antenna that securely communicates with the other .

Types of Plastic Smart ID Cards

Blank contact and contactless smart cards are available in various integrated circuit card types.

  • Siemens
  • Atmel
  • Temic
  • Phillips
  • RFID

Benefits of Contact Smart Cards

Contact smart cards must be inserted into a smart card reader. The reader makes contact with the card module electrical connectors that transfer data to and from the chip. This physical contact permits the transmission of data, commands and card status and enhances security by requiring the card holder to be present for identification.

Advantages of Contactless Smart Cards

Contactless smart cards are embedded with an integrated circuit chip. They provide not only memory capacity, but computational capability as well. The self-containment of a contactless smart card makes it resistant to attack as it does not need to depend upon potentially vulnerable external resources. Because of this characteristic, smart cards are often used in different applications which require strong security protection and authentication.

RFID Smart Card

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a generic term that is used to describe a system that transmits the identity (in the form of a unique serial number) of an object or person wirelessly, using radio waves. A RFID system consists of an antenna and a transceiver, which read the radio frequency and transfer the information to a processing device, and a transponder, or tag, which is an integrated circuit on the plastic smart card containing the radio frequency circuitry and information to be transmitted.

System Frequency Ranges:

Frequency Range
125 - 148 KHz
3 feet
13.56 MHz
3 feet
Ultra-High Frequency
915 MHz
25 feet
100 feet

Mifare Card

Mifare card is a type of RFID. Philips has developed Mifare MC1 1C S50, Mifare MC1 1C S70 to be used in contactless smart card according to ISO/IEC14443A. The Mifare system is designed for optimal user convenience (as in the medical field, where people often have hands full and benefit from hands-free RFID convenience). The high data transmission rate allows transactions to be handled less than 100ms.

Order Plastic Smart Cards

When your business needs the benefits and advantages that a plastic smart card solution can provide, Fortune Card is the vendor of choice to deliver them. We’ll take blank contact or contactless smart id cards and custom print them to match the needs of your business.