|A Smart Card is an small electronic device about the size of a credit card that contains electronic memory, and possibly an embedded integrated circuit (IC). Smart cards containing an IC are sometimes called Integrated Circuit Cards (ICCs).
Smart cards are used for a variety of purposes, including:
|Storing digital cash
|Generating network IDs (similar to a token)
|Storing a patient's medical records
To use a smart card, either to pull information from it or add data to it, you need a smart card reader, a small device into which you insert the smart card.
|Smart Cards Products
ActivIdentity - Providers of a one-time password token system and smart card based solutions.
|AKT Smart Technologies - Smart card based PC and network security, PKI, banking, credit card loyalty solutions.
|Athena Smartcard Solutions - Provides smart cards, smart card readers, smart card authentication solutions, smart card software development kits.
|BasicCard - A Basic programmable smart card by ZeitControl cardsystems GmbH.
|Center for Information Technologie Integration - Smart card research and development project.
|ChipDrive - Manufacturer of smartcard based solutions for security, wireless and e-business applications.
|Concept - Programmers for PIC and eeprom chips and ISO7816 smartcards.
|Datastripe Limited - Designers, manufacturers and suppliers of a wide range of electronic equipment, specializing in magstripe card technology.
|Didya.com - Distributor and retailer of smart card readers and programmers, programmable logic chips and chip programmers.
|DigiCrypto, Inc. - Smart card solutions for Internet security and software copyright protection applications.
|DotInDots - Services based organisation focused on technical smart card solutions.
|Harvest MD - Offers
smart card technology for managing and sharing patient personal,
health, insurance, medical and medication data in a secure manner.
|Jacquinot Consulting, Inc.
- Smart Card consulting in Atlanta, GA, USA: contractor for software
development and project management. Specialized in security chips,
smart cards, security tokens and dongles via PC/SC, ISO 7816 standards.
- Provides information about programming Smart Cards and Terminal
applications (JavaCard, Multos, Smart Cards for Windows, OpenCard, Visa
|Maxking Limited - Suppliers of Smartcard and Microchip hardware and software.
|Multos - Multos is an open high-security multi-application operating system for smartcards.
|M.U.S.C.L.E. - Movement for
the Use of Smart Cards in a Linux Environment: This site specializes in
the development of security infrastructure using smartcards and
security devices in the Linux Operating System.
|OpenCard - The
OpenCard Framework (OCF) provides a common interface for both the smart
card reader and the application on the card. The architecture is based
on Java technology.
|SCEZ - Smart Card Library - A cross-platform library for processor cards and card readers.
|Smart Card Center - Information on finding a job in the smart card industry. For job seekers and smart card job recruiters.
|Smart Card Solutions Limited - Development and implementation of card operating systems and applications.
|Smart Cards for Windows - News and resources for Microsofts smart card technology.
|Smart Sign Project
- Project aims to integrate smart card technology with Public Key
Infrastructures into open, unrestricted and interoperable solutions.
- Distributor and retailer of smart cards, smartcard readers, software
applications and development kits. Including both contact and
|SmartCardCenter - Information for the general public on what it is and how it is used.
|Todos Data System AB -
Supplier of authentication solutions based on Smartcard technology and
a small portable terminal, also supplies connected Smartcard readers.
|TTFN Smart card pages - Dumb mouse PC/SC smart card driver and scripter.
|Visa-Open Platform - Comprehensive system architecture for smart cards.
|ACT Canada - Advanced
Card Technologies (ACT) Canada is an international association for the
advancement of card technologies; reaching out through seminars,
conferences, information exchange work groups, research and many other
GlobalPlatform combines the interests of smart card issuers, vendors,
industry groups, public entities, and technology suppliers to define
requirements and technology standards for multiple application smart
cards. GlobalPlatform manages and further develops the Open Platform
specifications originally created by Visa International.
|JavaCard Forum - Home of the JavaCard Forum group which works to establish the standards and compatibility of JavaCard Smart Cards.
|PC/SC Workgroup - Created in May 1996 to address critical technical issues related to the integration of ICCs (or Smart Cards) with the PC.
|Smart Card Alliance
- After the merging of the Smart Card Industry Association and the
Smart Card Forum into the Smart Card Alliance this non-profit, smart
card oriented organization aims to serve as a single voice for the
smart card industry in the United States.
|PSE Technology Lab - Research and development lab with a main focus on Java and Smart Card technologies.
|Sun's Java Card Technology - Specifications, documentation and reference implementations for the Java Card platform.
|Advanced Card Systems Ltd. - Readers with EMV certified, development kit, fingerprint scanner with smart card readers.
|CardTronics Corp. - Provider of custom smart card and magnetic stripe card interface devices to OEM, system integrators and operators.
|DanaCo - Selling smart card interfaces, cards and battery chargers.
|Dione PLC - Provides smart card terminals and management systems.
|Magencoders.com - Manufacturer of magnetic stripe and smart card products for OEMs, resellers, distributors, and major end users.
|Micropross - Provides smart card readers for manufacturers and application developers used to read, program and test ICC or IFD.
|Microrex - Producing write-read devices for magnetic badges and chip-cards.
|Pro-Active - Offers
CompactFlash and SDIO smartcards and contactless readers for Pocket
PCs, as well as OEM and desktop contactless readers (Mifare, Desfire,
ISO 14443, RFID).
|SCM Microsystems, Inc. - Designs, develops and manufactures smart card interface technologies for OEM smart card and PC card readers.
|TriCom Card Technologies, Inc. - Magnetic stripe and smart card technology: readers, printers, and identification card equipment.
|Uniform Industrial Corp. -
Source for magnetic stripe card reader, and smart card reader and
writer, POS, data communication, and video communication products.
|Smart Card Solutions and Providers
|ACG AG - Chips and smart cards for smart card-based e-commerce, Internet and home banking products.
|Advanced Cards International Corporation
- Smart card system integrator and solution provider. Understanding
user needs and apply smart card technology for workable and
- Provides smart card solutions and other products and services such as
Plastic Card, ID Card, Loyalty Card, Promotion Card, Smart Card Reader,
Card Printer and Card Personalization.
|America Magcard - A
provider of smart card technologies in North America. They offer
multi-application smart cards, financial cards, photo ID cards, smart
card readers, biometric devices and access control systems to customers
around the world.
|ASEC S.A. - Security
smart card solution provider in Poland. RFID identifications and
security solutions for both Legic and Mifare integration with cashless
vending, time recording and car park control.
|Axalto Smart Card Security
- Provider of microprocessor cards. The company has 25 years'
experience in smart card innovation and leads its industry in security
technology and open operating systems.
|Borer Data Systems -
Manufacturer of Mifare card readers and recording terminals. Includes
information on access control, surveillance, recording and monitoring
systems and software.
|CardBASE Technologies -
Developer of multi-application smart card management systems and
provides applications for EMV Debit/Credit, Purse, Loyalty and Security
to card issuing organizations.
|Cards Etc. - Developer of Arterium, smart infrastructure management software for smart cards, products, and devices.
|Cardwerk - Develops smart software solutions and provides IT security consulting services.
- provide smart card solutions in the fields of Banking and Electronic
Payment, Telecommunication, Industry & Government, ID Systems,
Health, Transportation, Retail, Loyalty, Access control, IT security,
High authentication, Pay-TV and Club Association. Based in France.
|Chipcards Ltd. - Card and payment systems and smartcard solutions.
|DBC Braincon Technologies - Hardware vendor for Smartcards, Legic, Proxy, Mifare, EDP-Security, ID-Cards, Consulting. Site is mostly in German.
|Eletek Smart Solutions
- Eletek is a solutions provider for card based products, including:
smart card and mag stripe products, bureau card encoders, plastic card
personalisation equipment, and a whole range of other card based
|Envoy Data Corp. - SmartCard Systems division provides details of products and services offered.
|Gepitalia - Specialists
in smart card software solutions. Established in 1999 by the IFIL Group
to design, develop, implement and sell systems and advanced solutions
based on smart card technology.
|Intercede Integrated Security
- Developers of smart card and identity management software that helps
organizations quickly deploy, maintain and manage complete identity
solutions, by providing a web-based smart card management system.
|iTeam Resources, Inc.
- Provides print management cost recovery, one-card systems utilizing
smart and magnetic card technology, student or patron cards, and other
applicable products and services of debit and cash card systems.
|Keycorp Ltd. - Makes
smartcards, smartcard- and IP-enabled payment terminals, e-commerce
transaction routing software, card OSs (MULTOS, OSSCA), secure Internet
|koolConnect Technologies, Inc. - Offers settop boxes for hotel room information and entertainment systems that uses its proprietary Smart Card technology.
|Labcal Technologies - Labcal Technologies offers PKI solutions integrating smart cards and biometric systems.
|Mac-Gray Smart Card
- The Mac-Gray Smart Card utilizes the smart card technology to provide
keyless door access, card-operated laundry equipment, and student debit
|Magcard-Smart Card - Smart Card technology provider.
|Microexpert - The Security Integrators
- Microexpert's Rosco is a Remote Smart Card /Token controller - an
innovative new solution that enables issuers to remotely maintain and
update Smart Cards and Tokens across networks and the Internet.
Specialist subjects includes Identity and Authentication, Electronic
Payment Systems, e-commerce, m-commerce, PKI and Trusted Computing.
|Neuroscot Ltd - UK
distributor of Neuron smart card readers, magnetic card readers and
encoders, of Zeitcontrol programmable smart cards and PC Worth CCD bar
code scanners. Used for Credit card payments, EPOS, EFTPOS, Kiosk,
Access Control, and time and attendance applications.
|Open Domain - Offers
off-the-shelf products, complete customized solutions and professional
services for secure web applications, smart cards and interactive
|Philips Semiconductors for Mifare - Manufacturer of ISO 14443A MIFARE® industry standard for contactless and dual interface smart card schemes.
|PubliCARD - PubliCARD,
Inc., designs, develops, manufactures and markets smart card-based
hardware and smart card-enabled software for a growing variety of
applications for industries in the United States and worldwide.
|RS2 Software Group -
Electronic card payment software solutions and Internet services for
the banking and financial industry,service providers and retailers.
|Securetech Peripherals Inc. - Securetech is a manufacturer of smart card readers, writers and pre-pay gaming systems.
|Smart Card Developments Ltd. - Provides development of smart-card systems. Contains company profile, list of services and contact details.
|Smart Direction Online Services
- EMV and Smart Card Migration and smart card training. SD-OS provides
knowledge and assistance of EMV business decisions, implementations and
|Smart Dynamics, LLC
- A smart card software and systems integration company. Developer's of
the Smart Card Explorer (TM), EZ Formatter, and custom smart card
|Sofi Associates -
Security extends to all types of Plastic Cards including Optical, Smart
Card, synthetic National ID Cards, through to materials and devices for
Brand Protection for goods , documents of value, vouchers, with OVD,
holograms, inks and security chemicals to defeat copying and but also "
sleeping devices" for machine verification.
|Spirtech - Specialists
and consultants in cryptography, PKI, software, applications and
Calypso teleticketing. Site provides information for Transit Operators,
smartcard, IC and terminal manufacturers, integrators, bank and card
|TTi Card Technology
- Anglo-Japanese joint venture company set up by Toshiba, Toppan of
Japan and ID Data of the UK. TTi supplies smartcard solutions to the
|Tx Systems Inc. -
Cost-effective smartcard technology including CHIPDRIVE smartcard
terminals, smartcard systems, smart card API Kits, smart card loyalty
systems and smart card encryption software.
|AMT Europe GmbH - Manufacturer of smartcards.
|Argolis - Designs and manufactures computer peripherals such as innovative smartcardreaders and writers for GSM.
|Austria Card - Offers high security products with know-how in chipcard production.
|Caradas, Inc. - Smart card-based application security systems.
|CardLogix - U.S. based manufacturer and developer producing Smart Cards used in transaction and identification markets.
Manufacturer of smart card products. Products include components for
accessing the data stored on smart cards up to complete systems for
time attendance control, debit card systems and sophisticated access
|Dallas Semiconductor -
Manufacturer of the iButton, a 16mm computer chip housed in a stainless
steel can. Available as a memory iButton or as a java card
2.0-compliant java-powered iButton.
|Datakey, Inc. -
Manufactures and markets a complete software and smart card solution
that delivers simplified and secure single sign-on for a full range of
enterprise applications and network resources. Burnsville, Minnesota.
|De La Rue - Supplies
identity, electronic payment and smart card systems to commerce and
governments worldwide, as well as cash handling and physical security
equipment to banks and retailers.
|Euclid Limited -
Providing the solution to any plastic card and ticket requirement with
a range of standard product and bespoke development to requirement.
|Gemplus - Presents a full range of cards, hardware, software and RF tag solutions.
|Giesecke and Devrient -
Supplies cards and card systems for electronic payments as well as
banknotes and securities, security paper, banknote processing equipment
and complete identification systems.
|ICcard Technology Corporation
- Manufacturer of IC cards, smart cards, CPU cards, memory cards,
contact cards, contactless cards, gold wafer cards, PVC cards.
|Innolab Pte Ltd -
Manufactures smartcard related products. Its CardStation range of
readers are cost effective, ISO7816 compliant, and complies to industry
standards such as PC/SC, CT-API, and OpenCard. The latest drivers and
support files are available for download.
|Intertex Data AB - Modem manufacturer that has merged a V.90 modem and a smartcard reader into one "box".
|J and E Semiconductor Co., Ltd. - Manufacturer of smart card electronic products.
|Litronic, Inc. -
Provides enterprise security middleware, software developer toolkits,
and supporting hardware to seamlessly add smartcard capabilities and
integrate legacy security applications into a public key cryptographic
|NBS Card Technology Corp. - Performs plastic card personalization using thermal printing, embossing, encoding and smart card technologies.
|Neuron Electronics Inc.
- Manufactures smart card readers, magnetic stripe card readers and
encoders, magstripe/smart card hybrids, USB readers, motorized and
manual readers and encoders.
|Oberthur Card Systems of America
- Manufacturer of smart cards, magnetic stripe cards enabling secure
transactions and communications over the internet using PKI.
|On Track Innovations - Development and marketing of contactless smart card technology and product solutions.
|ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH - Smart card manufacturer for communications, finance, health, leisure, loyalty, retail, security and transportation.
|Persona Printers - Offers card printers and card personalization systems for photo ID cards, employee badges, access control, and smart cards.
|QI Systems Inc. - Designs and sells cash-card readers and associated products.
|Rapsodia Software - Delivers a wide range of applications and tools to build secured sim mobile value added services.
|SSI Technologies - SSI has a wide array of products and services, covering almost all facets of the plastic card industry.
|Supercom Proximity Smartcards - Manuafacturer of Proximity Smartcards and other Fingerprint Readers
|ZeitControl Cardsystems GmbH - Manufacturer of smart cards, chip cards and plastic card systems.