Smart cards are embedded with a chip containing a micro-processer (a CPU) that is capable of processing information and that uses maximum security software systems to prevent fraudulent tampering with the data. The smart card is an active security device, the card itself thwarting any attempt at tampering, and authenticating the cardholder's identity and access rights.
Smart cards are the most appropriate ones for intelligent managements systems:
- Electronic purse
- Travel cards
- University smart cards
- Debit/credit chip cards (EMV)
- Health-care cards