Standardised 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 and libraries.

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.

Contact Caj Holm, Traficon
tel +358 9 804 1922
fax +358 9 803 1344
email caj.holm@traficon.fi
website www.ncl.ac.uk/~nadept/

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