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What is a contactless smart card?
Mar 21, 2018

A contactless smart card includes an embedded smart card secure microcontroller or equivalent intelligence, internal memory and a small antenna and communicates with a reader through a contactless radio frequency (RF) interface. Contactless smart card technology is used in applications that need to protect personal information and/or deliver fast, secure transactions, such as transit fare payment cards, government and corporate identification cards, documents such as electronic passports and visas, and financial payment cards. Example applications using contactless smart card technology include:

  • The U.S. FIPS 201 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card being issued by all Federal agencies for employees and contractors;

  • The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) being issued by the Transportation Security Administration;

  • The First Responder Authentication Card (FRAC) being issued in Department of Homeland Security pilots;

  • The new U.S. ePassport being issued by the Department of State;

  • Contactless payment cards and devices being issued by American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa

  • Contactless transit fare payment systems currently operating or being installed in such cities as Washington, DC, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Contactless smart cards have the ability to securely manage, store and provide access to data on the card, perform on-card functions (e.g., encryption and mutual authentication) and interact intelligently with a contactless smart card reader. Contactless smart card technology and applications conform to international standards (ISO/IEC 14443 and ISO/IEC 7816). Contactless smart card technology is available in a variety of forms – in plastic cards, watches, key fobs, documents and other handheld devices (e.g., built into mobile phones).

Shenzhen Zhengdafei Smart Card Co., Ltd offers various kindly of contactless smart cards with different chips and personalized crafts.

All the contactless smart cards would be produced in dust-free workshop and 100% inspected to ensure the quality;

The lead time of contactless smart card is usually 5-7 working days depends on the order's quatity and crafts requests;

More questions about how to order customized contactless smart cards, welcome contact us freely with your requests;

High quality cards with prompt reply, factory price would be promised.