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Smart Cards

Card Operating system: Smart Chip Cards can contain card operating system like Java OS, Scosta OS, Multos etc. The OS offer functions like data exchange, storage, processing, cryptographic processes, allowing multiple applications to reside on the same card etc. The general purpose smart card OS has a generic command set, while a dedicated OS is designed for specific applications like electronic purses or credit applications.

In summary, smart cards provide enhanced security, confidentiality, portability, convenience, and versatility, making them suitable for a wide range of applications across industries.

Additionally, smart cards can be classified by their interface type:

  • Contact Smart cards: These smart chip cards require physical insertion into a smart card reader for communication. E.g. Scosta Chip cards used for Vehicle Driving License applications
  • Contactless Smart cards: These cards communicate wirelessly with a reader using radio frequency (RFID) technology. E.g. Mifare Cards, DESFire Cards, RFID Cards, UHF Cards, Scosta CL Cards.
  • Dual-interface cards: These cards have both contact and contactless interfaces, allowing them to be used with either type of reader
  • Hybrid smart cards are a combination of memory and microprocessor cards, with both types of chips embedded in the same card for different applications
  • Memory based smart cards are used for simple data storage, while microprocessor-based smart cards are used for more complex data processing and manipulation
  • Other Form Factors: A contactless chip can also be embedded with different form factors like Smart Tokens, Key Fobs, Smart Wearables, Wood Card etc.