Protecting personal information on credit/debit cards can be done with the ICFE’s new anti-RFID Credit/Debit Card Sleeves. The anti-RFID technology protects from hand held RFID scanners, which scan the unprotected cards of unsuspecting consumers. The specially laminated credit/debit card sleeves are designed to keep personal information safe from prying electronic eavesdroppers. Electronic pick pockets will be out in force during the Christmas shopping season, especially at the malls.
The second edition of CARTES in Asia will be held at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong, from 29 to 31 March 2011. Over 120 exhibitors from 23 countries will showcase their latest innovative technologies for card manufacturing, authentication solutions, payment solutions, mobile security and other innovative technical solutions. Key exhibitors include Advanced Card Systems, American Express, Atlantic Zeiser Gmbh, Collis Asia, Bundesdruckerei Gmbh, China Electronics Corporation, Datacard Group, Eastcompeace, Galitt, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, HID Global, Inside Secure, ST Microelectronics, Verifone and Watchdata. This exhibition is put together by CARTES’ institutional partner, China Information Industry Trade Association (CIITA). A French pavilion organized by Ubifrance will present 16 innovative companies dedicated to the card industry providing solutions for Asian companies. CARTES in Asia will feature its prestigious Asian SESAMES Award ceremony, recognizing the most innovative application in the field of smart cards, digital security, identification, secure transactions and contactless. For this, finalists include China Telecom with China Telecom Bestpay Mobile Payment Solution; Gemalto with eGo; Gemalto with Smart Badge Holder; STMicroelectronics with UTAMCIC; and Teslin Substrates by PPG with Teslin Biodegradable Substrate.
ABnote North America plastic card and secure document printer is
introducing lenticular printing on medium to long run plastic card and
poster products. Lenticular printing allows for printed images to appear as three dimensional or animated, is created by interlacing image in
reverse and printed directly on the smooth backside of a multi-angled
lenticular lens. Branded AB Lenticular, this process delivers 30% more
animation and 3D depth than comparable technologies by using a
combination of the most optically clear lens available in the industry,
printing precision and tight process control monitoring. ABnote is
partnering with Tracer high quality lenticular products to introduce the
3-D technology. For optimum image clarity and reducing manufacturing
cost, Tracer’s technology utilizes a single substrate, a thick
lenticular lens and is printed with an array of specially formulated inks.
ABnote North America and NY-based Tracer is introducing PVC free
lenticular printing on medium to long run plastic card and poster
products. Lenticular printing, enabling printed images to appear three
dimensional or even animated, is created in a process where an
interlaced image is reverse printed directly on the smooth backside of a
multi-angled lenticular lens. Available lenticular effects include the
“flip”, “morph”, “zoom”, “3D” and full motion video with up to two
effects can be combined on the same project. ABnote and Tracer will also
offer press proofs, rather than the more difficult to visualize
KSW Microtec has launched “PET substrate”, a contactless card inlay in
sheet format which can be directly laminated into PVC layers, affording
card manufacturers more options. The Company’s RFID inlays are attached
using palladium bump technology and are available in various colors and
formats. The inlays also provide contactless credit card manufacturers with
UHF RFID for conversion into UHF PVC cards. KSW Microtec AG
operates out of Germany, supplying Radio Frequency Identification
components for applications around the world through its employee base
SMARTTRAC has announced the completion of the acquisition of multitape
GmbH. Having acquired a 25.2% stake in the company in January 2007,
SMARTTRAC has announced the acquisition of the remaining 74.8% for
which the price is not being disclosed. Multitape GmbH provides etching
technology used to etch antennae structures out of a substrate and
compliments SMARTRAC’s wire-embedding technology used in Radio
Frequency Identification (RFID) components. These inlays are used in public
transport, access controls, logistics, passports with integrated
chips (ePassports), and contactless credit cards (ePayment). Furthermore,
the inlays are designed to work at high frequencies (13.56 MHz) at a
of not more than ten centimeters or at low frequencies (125 kHz) at
of up to 80 centimeters.
While early “clear” payment cards encountered operating problems with ATMs, 3M this week unveiled the first truly transparent, fully ATM-functioning payment card. The new infrared “Vikuiti Clear Card Filter” passes all international standards for payment cards. VISA International recently approved 3M as a manufacturer of a transparent inlay for use in VISA-branded payment cards worldwide. Although the magnetic stripe shows through the front of the card, it can easily be integrated into the design. Typography, solids, patterns, illustrations all reproduce well on the clear plastic substrate and it accepts traditional four-color printing in addition to a wide range of translucent inks. The card is powered by a proprietary multi-layer, IR light-blocking optical film from 3M. Laminated between two clear sheets of PVC, the film reflects the IR light generated by LEDs used in ATMs to detect the presence of a card.
NY-based National Envelope Corporation has unveiled card sleeves and mailing envelopes to help shield contactless payment cards in transit. The new “Smart Card Guard” uses a thin protective metallic barrier that is incorporated into a specially produced, easy-to-print substrate. The new product was developed late last year and tested early this year by InfoGard Laboratories. The Company said the new product was developed in response to a 2006 study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The test of 20 smart cards showed encryption levels were not nearly strict enough to prevent easy interception of personal information. National Envelope manufactures approximately 50 billion envelopes a year via 21 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada. A report released last week by Packaged Facts projects that total contactless credit and debit cards in the U.S. will reach 109 million by 2011 from the current 27 million. (CF Library 5/2/07)
The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) will hold their annual Spring Academy workshops in 2 locations in the United States and Europe. The first workshop will be held on May 4-5, 2005, in Dallas, Texas. Chaired by Tim Wright of Gemplus, this workshop will address advances in personalization, engineering design, card materials challenges, magnetic stripe technology, contactless cards, reducing manufacturing costs to remain competitive and challenges and benefits in the substrate market. The second workshop will be held June 1-2, 2005, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In addition to addressing similar issues as the US-based workshop, this will highlight issues such as e-passports, tachograph technology, biodegradable card material and the European drivers license card. Alan Scott of ID Data will serve as the workshop chairman. Based in Princeton Junction, NJ, ICMA is a non-profit association comprised of plastic card manufacturers, personalizers and related industry participants. With more than 220 members globally, representing more than 35 countries, ICMA acts as a clearinghouse for industry issues, including the production,technology, application, security and environmental issues of plastic cards. Visit the ICMA website at www.icma.com.
Ottawa-based Canadian Bank Note Company has signed a contract with the
Bank of Zambia for the printing and supply of two denominations of Kwacha
banknotes to be printed on a high security polymer substrate. This contract
marks the first polymer banknotes to be issued in Africa. Australia and New
Zealand were the first countries to adopt polymer for all their banknotes.
Polymer banknote substrate is a uniquely manufactured and coated, thin,
resilient plastic material that offers a significantly longer circulation
life for banknotes than traditional paper-based notes. These banknotes
deliver enhanced security, cleanliness and offer a significant reduction in
the costs associated with the issuing, inspection and withdrawal of
banknotes from circulation.
An Australian state government agency, responsible for issuing driver’s licenses, has purchased more than 200 of Fargo’s HDP820 Card Printer/Encoders through an Australian import supplier. The agency will use the Fargo card personalization systems to issue over five million new and replacement state driver’s licenses during the next five years. The agency has more than 4.5 million driver’s licenses currently issued.
ÂThe Asia Pacific region has developed into an attractive target market for smart labels,Â said Mr. Sebastian Mrass, Senior Sales Manager of the MÃ¼hlbauer AG, in a smart label workshop at the 2002 Smart Cards, China & Users` Conference in Beijing, summing up the opportunities for smart labels in the Far East. In his speech, Mr. Mrass pointed out that the MÃ¼hlbauer AG, worldwide leading manufacturer of turn-key solutions for the production of chip cards and smart labels (Âintelligent labelsÂ), recently expanded its product family of smart label machines with the first deliveries of the innovative TAL 4000 to Asian customers. The TAL 4000, which is based on long- lasting experience with smart label manufacturing equipment, has been designed as an introductory solution for customers who have decided for a step-by-step approach to the fast growing market for smart labels and contactless cards.
With the first deliveries of the TAL 4000 systems, the MÃ¼hlbauer AG extends its market position as a leading supplier of highly flexible and modular production machines for inlets for smart labels and contactless cards. With an annual production of up to 20 million labels, the TAL 4000 is particularly suited for the requirements of the growing worldwide market. As for the production of smart labels inlets with a high production volume in reel-to-reel process and flip- chip technology, MÃ¼hlbauer has already set new standards with the TAL 8000, which has already been installed at various locations.
The TAL 8000 was designed as a sophisticated, flexible machine for a wide array of applications, producing an annual output of up to 50 million smart labels for contactless identification systems. This high production capacity sustains the positive development of the smart label market. With the high-volume TAL 8000 and the newly developed TAL 4000, MÃ¼hlbauer has significantly extended its leading position in the production of smart label inlets and contactless cards.
Smart Labels are contactless intelligent labels made of a programmable microchip and an antenna. In the flip-chip process, the silicon chips picked up from the wafer are flipped upside down before being placed on a flexible carrier substrate. After that, the silicon chips are connected electrically. Smart Labels store information in contactless identification systems, for example, in procurement and distribution logistics (e.g. in baggage inspection at airports and in the postal service) or in security-relevant areas. As contactless data carriers, smart labels assist in tracking goods from production to transportation and provide for an efficient and loss-free management of material flows, thus achieving measurable economic results. Contactless cards are increasingly used in the Asian region in transport and access control.
Headquartered in Roding/Bavaria, the MÃ¼hlbauer Group is a worldwide active, independent supplier of turnkey automation solutions for the chip card, smart label and semiconductor industries. With 1,300 employees and 18 locations on five continents and with more than 3,000 production lines installed worldwide, MÃ¼hlbauer is the leading supplier of manufacturing equipment for the smart card and smart label industries.