Despite their current lack of experience, custom molders may still be able to carve out a place in the smart-card market.
Gratz notes that much of Wilden's output of blank cards goes to Europe, where the smart-card market is much larger.
Most commercial smart-card molding cells use four-cavity tools, while laminated cards are often die-cut from a sheet of 72 cards.
Moreover, simple procedures such as repeating calculations and checking to make sure the same answer comes out each time can provide additional safeguards, though they often slow smart-card
The opportunity to combine smart-card technology with standard credit-card services is one logical application that provides both debit and credit features, plus the capacity to carry consumer data.
The smart-card holder could also restrict access within certain files he or she deems sensitive.
Connecticut vocational schools are looking at smart-card applications to identify students and to prevent unauthorized people from posing as students to sell drugs or cause trouble.
Because money loaded onto a smart-card at an ATM is a direct and immediate cash equivalent," Gustin explains, "there are no postings back to a debit or credit card issuer, and so enormous amounts are saved in administrative costs.
smart-card market is finding the most flexible and universally accepted platform through which to implement the technology, concludes Gustin, and that is an automated terminal environment, called the Super ATM(TM) platform.
Gustin maintains that, as electronic commerce gains steam, smart-cards will prove to be a critical link between the Internet and the physical world.
Because the ImagineCard solution is a packaged solution, we were able to focus our efforts on application development rather than on integration of separate smart-card technologies, which allowed us to quickly develop our smart-card-enabled demonstration systems for document registration and registered payment," said Dr.
Both ImagineCard Solutions will ship with the HP smart-card management system and HP hardware consisting of an HP 9000 D-Class server running HP-UX(1) 10.