ADEPT II - DISTINCT
smart cards for multiple applications
The use of smart cards will grow as more organisations begin to
appreciate the many benefits and potential applications. Incorporating built-in integrated
circuits to store and process data, smart cards have made life easier in a host of
different fields - notably banking, medicine and security.
Smart card technology is expected to have a significant impact. Recognising this CEN,
the EU standards organisation for electrical goods, is promoting the technology through
the standardisation workshop agreement process. Developers of smart cards are pursuing a
design-for-all approach, for example developing easy use and special features for elderly
and disabled users.
Two European projects, ADEPT II and DISTINCT, aim to develop multi-application smart
cards. Armed with a single, standard card, people will then be able to access various
applications at different sites. Already, one of the project's developments is being
standardised through the CEN ISSS workshop procedure. Dedicated trials in Finland and the
Netherlands are assessing the technology's suitability for areas such as public transport
The ADAPT and DISTINCT stand is showing video presentations and live personal computer
demonstrations which highlight several aspects of the projects. Examples include the use
of smart cards in Finland for multi-modal transport, multi-application smart cards in the
Netherlands and a World Wide Web based parking space booking system in Sweden.