Smart Card Solutions
We strive to offer the most up to date technology in the smart card industry and will adapt our solution in order to include the functionality you require. We understand that smart cards are now widely used in different applications where their increased security can help to defeat criminal activity. There are many new roles in biometric access and ID systems, and in multi-function transaction applications. These applications frequently require dye sub-printing for personalization, and combining the initial data programming of the card with the printing process is very efficient. This is something that we can help you achieve.
WHAT IS A SMART CARD?
There are two factors which define a smart card, how the data is written/ read and which chip is contained within the card. The solution which is best suited to your organisation is dependent on these two factors.
The different types of chips and their applications are:
Memory chip: This solution is ideal for organisations requiring a cost effective smart card solution with basic storage and security applications. This chip contains high re-usable memory, protects sensitive information and can only be read using certain devices. This solution hasno processing power in order to manage data.
Microprocessor chip: This solution is used for high end applications which require state-of the art security to protect the memory content from unauthorised access. It has cryptographic capabilities and complex application features. This type of chip is similar to one you would find in your computer. It allows the smart card to have multi-functionality.
There are two types of smart cards, which are defined by the way they are read/written:
Contact Cards: These are the most commonly used smart cards. This type of card must be inserted into a card reader in order for it to be read, as the electrical contacts on the outside of the card need to connect with the card reader. This type of smart card is used as a single function card.
Contactless cards: These use radio frequencies to transfer data and therefor they do not have to be put through a card reader. Contactless or proximity cards are low in price and are commonly used in applications such as identification cards, key cards, payment cards and public transport cards. Contactless cards have less storage memory than contact cards but the convenience of use is greatly improved.
Smart cards may be used for a number of different applications, including ID, authentication, or to store information. Smart cards have been widely used in the financial sector for many years now, in order for banks to offer their customer more flexibility securely. In more recent years smart cards have been applied to the transport system allowing travellers to move around more efficiently and to retail loyalty schemes.
There are also a number of governments now applying a smart card system for identity cards and driving licensing, as this offers more security against fraud and enables them to store more information than the traditional cards.Examples of some applications of smart cards can be seen below:• Encoded with personal data including: address, age, medical history & blood type
• Biometric access control encrypted with fingerprint and retinal scan data
• Printed with a strong corporate identity and a large portrait
ID cards range from standard photo IDs to multi-use cards such as employee and visitor identification, building access, network login, time / attendance and payroll systems and Natonal ID’s. These cards offer complete protection against counterfeiting through the use of a hologram laminate and in turn ensuring protection to the building and the staff members. When it comes to deciding on the right ID card printer the options can be vast, we ensure that you get the best printer and solution to suit your organisation’s needs.
Issue on demand
We offer a solution which enables you to print plastic cards on-site so that you can issue ID badges to new employees and visitors instantly. We can provide you with smart card printers and supplies which will allow you to print ID cards on demand instantly. This provides a convenient way to print employee ID cards at registration as well as visitor access cards there and then. These cards can have a number of different applications including access control, cashless payment and tracking facilities.
Issue from a central location
This solution allows you to issue a high volume of different card types from a secure, central location. This solution would reduce the cost per card and therefore offering you savings in the long run.
Let us do it for you
We can print your cards for you as you need them at our secure location. This solution is ideal for small businesses or organisations not looking to invest in their own card printing system (as this can be costly). This will allow you to invest in a smart card ID system without a high initial investment.