BrightCard provides systems integrators with the smart card components and services they require to successfully deploy smart card solutions.

Our reader modules cover the vast majority of the typical requirements which equipment manufacturers encounter when they decide to include a smart card capability in the systems they produce.

There is a very wide range of equipment to which smart card capabilities are now being added, illness either as options or as standard components. With the extensive deployment of smart cards in very diverse environments, many of which offer multiple functionalities on a single card, equipment manufacturers are realizing that they need to offer an interface to these cards.

A few of the industry sectors where smart card technology will become ubiquitous in the next 24-36 months include:

  1. Financial Services: banks are planning to offer enhanced services through the use of new smart card technologies, especially contactless payment cards, to enhance traditional magstripe cards
  2. Employee ID Cards: government and industry are deploying highly secure smart card ID cards, often including biometrics, to verify personal identities for access to facilities, networks, and other secure services
  3. Education: schools and universities are deploying multi-function smart cards to facilitate service delivery while reducing costs
  4. Transportation: public transport systems (trains, airlines, metros, buses) are using smart cards to improve customer service
  5. Passports, Visas, Drivers Licenses, and National ID Cards: Governments around the world are already deploying smart card technology as a tool to improve their ability to control who is authorized to enter and stay in their jurisdictions.

Typical application environments where OEM modules are integrated into complete systems include:

  1. Vending Machines
  2. ATMs (Automated Teller Machines)
  3. Parking Meters; Parking Lot Entry/Exit
  4. Cash Registers; POS; Payment Terminals
  5. Information Kiosks
  6. Ticket, Card and label printers
  7. Gaming terminals/kiosks
  8. Airline and transportation ticketing and printing
  9. Access Control: Doors and Gates
  10. Elevators
  11. Materials handling Equipment
  12. Computers; peripherals; keyboards
  13. Televisions; Set-top-boxes; Audio-visual equipment
  14. Telephones and Telecommunications equipment
  15. Time and Attendance Equipment
  16. High-Security Facilities
  17. Medical Equipment
  18. Internet Café; Public Internet terminals

The same international smart card standards are now being applied around the world to increase security. Rather than having to choose between proprietary technologies, as had been the case, solutions now offer a significant degree of interoperability between vendors.