Having a Personalized Smart Card
Smart cards have become prevalent in today’s increasingly security-conscious society. Gone are the days of a simple Photo ID with only color photo and simple text that allow others to verify our identity. Today’s Photo ID serves not only as a means of identification, but serves as a “Smart Card,” providing access to buildings cards, serving as a debit or credit card, and even public transportation usage in many cities across the globe.
What is a Smart Card?
Smart Cards are an increasing popular innovative technology, rapidly replacing standard Photo ID cards for many situations. A Smart Card resembles a plastic credit or debit card, but is embedded with either a memory chip or a microprocessor that, along with a specialized reader, can serve in many different functions. They allow for the portability of data as well as adding extra security and convenience.
What are Smart Cards Used For?
There are numerous uses for Smart Cards in today’s technology-based world, but the primary use of Smart Cards for many businesses is security. Smart Cards are used in many businesses to allow access to information only to those that need it, and protecting the privacy of records and assets safe from unwanted “hacking.” Wireless providers use Smart Cards for extra security mechanisms to protect mobile commerce, web browsing, and information services.
Smart Cards also have many applications in today’s commercial market, including:
- Parking Passes and Highway Tolls
- Ticketing Services
- Access Control
- Photo ID Solutions
- Stored Value
- Promotional Programs and Loyalty Programs
- Banking and Bill Payment
In short, Smart Cards are not only here to stay, they are growing rapidly and integrating into our daily lives. In 2011, Smart Cards accounted for 6.1 billion units worldwide, a growth of 11 percent over the previous year. Global shipments of Smart Cards are predicted to reach approximately 8.8 billion units by 2015, from 5.2 billion units in 2009.
If you are have not already integrated your business with Smart Card Technology, it’s time to think about doing so. Particularly in the fields of healthcare, education, government offices, and corporate entities where sensitive information is often stored, requiring limited access and the ability to control who is accessing your records as well as your building.
ACS East is the leading provider and sole distributor of Photo ID Solutions and Smart Card Solutions in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Providing onsite installation and support of personalized Photo ID Solutions and Smart Card Solutions, ACS East offers Photo ID solutions that are specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of each organization. With programs designed to work with your current information systems, ACS East will also offer expert training to your staff to ensure that the integration process is smooth.
Technology is advancing at a fast rate, and the expert professionals at ACS East can help your business with the most current Photo ID Solutions and Smart Card Technology systems available, backed by superior customer service. Contact ACS East today to learn more about how their comprehensive Photo ID Solutions can benefit your organization.