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March 2002

Where's the business smart card explosion?

Imagine leaving for work in the morning, walking out of your house and down the street to the subway station. As you enter the station, you walk right past the line at the ticket counter and through the turnstile, which automatically deducts the fare from a smart card in your hip pocket. Twenty minutes later, you get off the subway and grab a cup of coffee, paying with the same smart card. Arriving at work, you whip the card out again for the lobby security guard, who glances at the photo and waves you through. Now at your office door, you use the smart card/ID badge as a key, waving it past an RF reader on the wall. Finally, as you sit down at your desk and boot up your PC, you slide the card -- the same card -- into a reader, enter your PIN and log on to the network. You've used your smart card five times, and it's not even 9 a.m. This scenario is the dream of every smart card manufacturer, issuer and integrator in the world. Put a smart card in everyone's hands, and build the infrastructure so it can be used everywhere, for ...

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