Chip cards / smart cards
Most people have been carrying them around for a long time: plastic cards the size of a credit card enriched with technology – the so-called chip cards.
It must be said that both memory cards and smart cards are known as chip cards. In the meantime, however, the word has got round that memory cards are not secure. That’s the reason why contactless and contact-based smart cards have established themselves. Their chips make computers of them.
Multi-functional smart cards
Nowadays the trend is to multi-functional smart cards which can be used in a variety of ways. Cards which include contactless technology, RFID chips (radio frequency identification) and the properties of contact chips.
In addition to the plastic card the size of a credit card, smart cards can be found today in other form factors. These are, for example, NFC-capable smart phones (NFC: Near Field Communication), smart phones with a microSD interface for microSD smart cards, SIM cards in cell phones, USB tokens with integrated contact-based and contact less technology as well in the RFID-based smart token version, car keys and key fobs. Other well-known RFID transponders are, for example, NXP MIFARE DESFire EV1, LEGIC advant® Crypto Transponder Chips, NXP HITAG 1 und 2.
SEFIROT supports all important smart card chips and card operating systems of renowned manufacturers throughout the world. This support is part of the product portfolio but can also be provided according to customer specific requirements.
Renowned chip and card operating system manufacturers
These include smart cards of leading companies like Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Giesecke & Devrient, NXP Semiconductors, Gemalto, Sagem, Infineon und others. They are smart cards with a wide market acceptance, either now or predictably in the future, and at the same time fulfil high security standards.
SEFIROT GmbH, as one of the first companies in the world, has developed software with which new debit and credit cards (with EMV migration in accordance with the decision of Europay International, MasterCard International and Visa International) can be used together with multiple applications including PKI-based applications.
In addition to applications for finance transactions (debit/credit in accordance with EMV, electronic stock exchange) debit cards and credit cards can now be used for a number of other services, among others access protection, access control systems, encryption and decryption, digital signature and verification, confidential emails, electronic tickets, canteen and loyalty programmes.
The advantages you have with SEFIROT:
WWe investigate and analyse your requirements regarding card services in detail and create for you the most suitable multi-functional smart card.
The smart cards are delivered by us either ready to use, i.e. already personalised optically, contactless and contact-based, or we explain to you our smart card life-cycle management system and a suitable print and coding system so that you are in the position to personalise smart cards without outside help and according to your wishes.