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RFID / NFC SmartCard Production, History, Market Share and more…

Worldwide more than 10 billion Smart Cards to be shipped in 2020

RFID / SmartCard Production

SmartCard America is committed to providing; A high level of service focused on RFID and SmartCard production to meet the needs of our customers in terms of product quality, durability, and cost concerns. Our extensive industry experience enables us to perceive and understand our clients fully’. Needs and expectations. Thus, we can provide the best service to our current and new clients.

We focus on customization and modification of SmartCard and RFID products and accessories to give our clientele. What is needed in terms of functionality? Pricing, quality, and security features, etc. With the implementation of new technology in the SmartCard / RFID industry growing exponentially. SmartCard America committed to remaining on the cutting edge of RFID / NFC technology by providing our clientele the latest and best in proven SmartCard/RFID advancements. 

Our high-tech personalization equipment could offer our customers with CR80 PVC Card, Contactless Printed ID cards with NXP MIFARE®, Infineon, Impinj, and all other NFC / RFID SmartCards to handle our customer’s security issues and manage our client’s employees or students. Also, High-Tech Secure ID cards offer the biometric authentication method. We will maintain a database and image file for the organization. If any employee loses their card, we can replace it immediately.

When we supply your organization with ID cards, databases, and image files, they will be maintained by our company. And can be used to provide information and replacement cards quickly. Images can be emailed. Or send them to us, and we will scan them for our customers.

Membership, Discount, Loyalty, VIP. Warranty, Insurance, HealthCare, Access. POS System. And all other plastic card badges have never been more natural. Send us your design or let us create professional cards based on your requirements. There is no minimum order quantity, so you can get the cards that you need, whenever you need them. We offer all types of RFID / NFC Key Fobs, Wirstbands, RFID labels, and tags with logo printed.

Whether you need pre-printed cards to personalize them onsite with your system, we will be able to provide you the right product to fulfill your requirement. 

2020 Market Share Forecasts

  1. Telecom (SIM cards) accounts for 52% of the total market,
  2. Payment and banking cards for 32%,
  3. Government (eIDs and e-passports) and healthcare for 6%,
  4. Device manufacturers for 5%: mobile phones, tablets, navigation devices and other connected devices including an embedded secure element without SIM application,
  5. Others for 5%: cards issued by operators, for transport, toll or car park services; cards for pay-TV; physical and logical access cards.

What is the History of Smart Cards?

Roland Moreno patented the memory card in 1974.

By 1977, three commercial manufacturers Bull CP8, SGS Thomson, and Schlumberger, started developing smart card products. 

In March 1979, Michel Hugon from Bull CP8 was the first to design and develop a microprocessor-based card combining a processor and local memory. He invented the computerized smart card.

  • 1979: early developments for the banking sector
  • 1995: first SIM cards
  • 1999: first national eID card (Finland ID)
  • 1999: first smart cards for transport
  • 2001: The Department of Defense first issued Military CAC credentials for physical access control and secured logical authentication
  • 2003: Micro-SIM launched 
  • 2005: first ICAO-compliant electronic passport (Norway passport)
  • 2012: Nano-SIM introduced
  • 2018: first biometric contactless payment card, eSIM launched (thickness is <1 mm  or 0.039 in)

Smart Cards and Green IT technologies

Smart card technology is an exemplary Green IT tool. 

It is a very familiar portable object with a rather long life-cycle (3 to 10 years) and an extremely low carbon footprint (equivalent to less than 1 mile done by car per card manufactured).

There’s more.

It has a low electric consumption (only seconds and when in use) and can be available en masse and at a very reasonable cost per unit.

Why are other countries ahead of the U.S. in applying Smart Card Technology?

Card issuers in different countries are building their business case to justify the issuance of smart cards for various reasons. 

In the U.S. the fraud liability shift (EMV liability shift) ran into effect in late 2015 for POS devices and in late 2017 for Automatic Fuel Dispensers. 

At the end of 2018, 53% of all credit cards in circulation had a chip in the country. 

This figure is to be compared with 90%+ in Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

New markets will further help make smart cards widespread in North America. 

Why use a Smart Health Card? 

​By identifying the holder and his/her affiliation to an organization, and by verifying his/her rights, a smart card acts as an essential component of the IT system for the creation and secure transmission of standardized medical expense claims. 

Dematerialization of the medical prescription from paper to electronic format helps organizations reduce costs and increase efficiency. 

Smart card solutions enable the pre-authorization of the health transaction by storing the validity of the patient’s rights. 

​Costs are divided by 6 to 7 when processes are dematerialized.​

A Smart National Health Card is a Secure Document

Unlike paper documents, which can easily be forged, smart health cards are tamper-proof devices challenging to forge or unlawfully manipulate. 

They benefit from the inherent high levels of security already implemented in other sectors, such as: 

  • banking (EMV cards)
  • telecom (SIM cards)
  • government national ID cards and military smart cards like the U.S. military CAC card 

It Secures Identification and Authentication

An electronic cash functionality stored within the card ensures the distribution of social funding to low income groups. 

The card body itself becomes a secure identification tool by adding the user’s picture and extra anti-fraud features – all of which have been previously developed for banknote and national ID applications and can be easily re-used in eHealthcare systems. 

Smart health cards can also include biometrics to offer strong biometric authentication making sure health services are being delivered to the right patient.

This robust technology can also strike at the heart of fraud mechanisms, often with minimal investment in infrastructures, and without significant changes for patients and healthcare professionals. 

It Protects Privacy 

​Finally, the smart card enables the ultimate privacy protection​ by filtering access to sensitive data – only authorized people can read it, such as the cardholder and their doctor. 

Assessment: Smart Card Technology in Healthcare

​Smart card technology is often under-used at present, in areas where it can achieve excellent results.

  • Strong identification and authentication for patients and healthcare professionals are critical features of microchip cards and should be implemented in the healthcare sector. Yet this is not the case in many countries.
  • Implementing healthcare smart health cards with an identification number and PIN or biometric authentication would enable the creation of personalized online services, a quintessentially “patient-centric” approach, but these initiatives are still in the development stages.
  • The ability to verify benefits, expiration dates, repeated, and multiple uses are on the whole under-used.
  • Thus far, the benefits of paperless, electronic medical data exchanges have not been fully tapped. Yet cards have a role to play in creating consistent databases, with the automatic reading of data, and the temporary or permanent confidential local storage of additional data such as blood groups, allergies, chronic diseases, and associated treatments.

This robust technology can strike at the heart of fraud mechanisms, often with little investment in infrastructures, and without significant changes for patients and healthcare professionals. 
Smart card technology is an invaluable asset to combat fraud in healthcare in the interest of all.

Source: NXP MIFARE, Infineon, gemalto