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What Are Contactless Smart Cards?

What Are Contactless Smart Cards?


Generally contactless smart cards  (or proximity cards) fall into three general classifications:

  • Smart Contactless Frequency: 13,56 MHz (multi-application technology) MIFARE, LEGIC, ICODE, etc.
  • Low Frequencies: below 150 kHz (read only) EM4102, HID, Hi-Tag, etc.
  • Microwave Frequencies: 2,45GHz (long reading distance) EM4122, Ucode, etc.

Contactless smart cards use radio frequency (RF) technology to interact with a reader. Each card has an antenna embedded inside the card that enables communication with the reader without physical contact.

The market for these cards is growing rapidly due to obvious benefits such as ease of use, speed and versatility. Universal Smart Cards is well positioned to help you source these products creating new opportunities for issuers.

Popular applications include, but are not limited to: public transport for fare payments, access control, cashless vending, parking, loyalty, e-purse, gambling, road toll, student, employee IDs in government and corporate environments, e-passports and other secure travel douments, and cards for cashless payment.

Universal Smart Cards supplies all these varying classifications of cards from the most popular silicon providers such as IC's from Atmel, EM Microelectronic, Infineon Technologies, LEGIC Identsystems, Microchip, NXP (formerly Philips Semiconductors) and STMicroelectronics. Additional form factors such as modules, inlays, key rings, and labels are also available.

You can check out our range of contactless smart cards here or contact us directly to discuss contactless cards further.