The Smart Payment Association (SPA),
together the largest payment smart cards manufacturers, completed its
market monitoring in order to get a better understanding of the actual
situation and trends
of the payment smart cards market.
– More than 340 million payment smart cards shipped in 2006, complying
with the EMV standard.
– Dramatic increase of the share of DDA (Dynamic Data Authentication)
EMV cards – which more than doubled – to now represent more than 27% of all
EMV cards shipped in Q4 2006.
– Open platform cards (comprising cards based on Java CardÃÂ¢ÃÂ¢ and MultosÃÂ¢ÃÂ¢)
account for almost 10% of the global shipments.
– 12% of the cards shipped have their data storage capability enabled at
value-added applications, such as: loyalty, access control, ticketing,
etc. In order
to standardize data storage, the SPA released last year a joint industry
specification addressing cross vendor interoperability for contactless
“The results of the first global payment cards market monitoring show a
clear trend: the
move of financial institutions towards higher value-added and more
secure cards”, said
Jerome Ajdenbaum, President of the Smart Payment Association. “The dramatic
acceleration of the conversion of Static Data Authentication to more
Data Authentication EMV cards and the growing share of cards enabled
with data storage
capability are the most concrete signs of this trend”.
The detailed figures of the Smart Payment Association market monitoring
available to its contributing members.
About the Smart Payment Association
The Smart Payment Association (SPA) members are Gemalto, Giesecke &
Oberthur Card Systems and Sagem Orga. The Association carries out
projects to advance
interoperability as well as develop additional smart payment solutions,
which would be
difficult to achieve without the concentration of such industrial
The Association’s main objective is to accelerate the transition from
stripe cards to chip based cards by:
– promoting the benefits of smart cards for financial institutions
– ensuring optimal interoperability between all system components, for both
payment and value-added applications
– establishing representation on standardization committees and within
– describing case studies for value-added applications and, whenever
establishing joint industry specifications for them.