Motorola’s Smartcard Systems Business (SSB) announced its initial smart card products at the Cartes ’97 Show here today. The introduction, which follows Motorola’s March announcement of the SSB unit as a new global provider of complete smart card solutions, unveiled the M-Smart(TM) series’ combination contacted/contactless smart card and two new families of terminals developed for the public transit and campus markets.
The products, which will be available for shipment in 1998, set the stage for future smart card product announcements and for Motorola’s extension into other market applications such as identification, health care and banking.
The new M-Smart Combination Card is a flexible, multi-purpose smart card designed to work with any industry-standard terminal. The card can be used in conventional contacted as well as contactless mode.
M-Smart terminals for transit applications include the Vehicle Terminal and Gate Terminal. Products for campus applications include M-Smart PC Reader and Access Control Terminal. The M-Smart Point of Sale Terminal and Vending Machine Terminal can be used in both campus and open transit environments. Motorola’s M-Smart products are based on open architecture, scaleable security and comply with established industry standards.
“With the introduction of our initial Motorola Smartcard Systems products, we are demonstrating our commitment to our customers, developing superior contactless/contacted products and providing innovative and flexible solutions that are customized to our customers’ needs,” said Mark Davies, Motorola vice president and director of the company’s Smartcard Systems Business.
“To effectively implement optimum smart card solutions, Motorola is building strategic relationships with customers and other leading industry players,” Davies added. “We will work closely with our strategic partners to create a vision for different programs, develop business cases and help drive demand for a universal smart card solution.”
The M-Smart Combination Card’s multi-application capability is designed to attract consumers and broaden merchant acceptance. The card can store cash value electronically and serve as a debit or credit card, which simplifies transactions and eliminates cash handling. The card could be conveniently used in vending machines and at retail merchants. Future applications could include storing health records and store loyalty information, as well as functioning as a identification card.
In a contactless environment, the Combination Card never touches the reader, which extends the life of both the card and reader. Faster transaction speeds generate cost savings for merchants and offer consumers added convenience which can create a platform for consumer loyalty.
The M-Smart Transit Vehicle and Gate Terminals facilitate automatic fare collection. Fares are stored on a smart card and then deducted when the user boards. The faster throughput speeds up the boarding process making it more convenient for passengers. Operators will appreciate the breadth of fares available on smart cards – period passes, stored rides and special concessions as well as the ability to modify fare tables immediately. This technology can provide a wealth of ridership data, which can be used to optimize routes and schedules. Also, smart card technology eliminates cash handling and the cost of producing, distributing, collecting and managing other fare media.
In campus environments, the M-Smart PC Reader and Access Control Terminal can interact with industry-standard smart cards. The Access Control Terminal allows universities, corporations and entertainment complexes to control physical access. The PC Reader helps to enable protection of computer system data, secures Internet purchases and facilitates other forms of electronic commerce such as home banking and electronic cash. Both readers allow systems to recognize individuals and the level of access they are permitted and also provide a definitive electronic record of individual access.
The M-Smart Point of Sale Terminal and Vending Machine Terminal can be used in both transit and campus environments. The terminals read smart cards that store value, transferring the appropriate amount from the card to the machine. The terminals improve transaction speed and eliminate the need for customers to hold cash, which can improve merchant and customer satisfaction, allow merchants more time to personalize each sale and help reduce theft.
Motorola’s Smartcard Systems Business (SSB) provides its M-Smart solutions portfolio of smart card products and systems ranging from combination contacted/contactless cards, readers and terminals, network infrastructure and system integration services that support multiple smart card applications for customers worldwide. The unit is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, U.S.A.
Motorola, Inc. is one of the world’s leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors and advanced electronic systems and services. Major equipment businesses include cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive, defense and space electronics and computers. Communications devices, computers and millions of other products are powered by Motorola semiconductors. Motorola’s 1996 sales were $28 billion.Details