Global - Reference - Services - Smartcards - An overview
Archived report. This report was archived in 2005 and has not been updated. The magnetic stripe card is gradually being replaced by smartcards that allow information to be both read and modified with greater security. This allows variable information to be stored on cards allowing then to be used for SIM cards, electronic purses and personal identification. This report discussed the history, development and applications for smartcards, together with the major standards, card types, manufacturers and users.