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.