About Smart Cards : Introduction
- Smart Card Alliance Reports
The Smart Card Alliance publishes reports and white papers to provide an industry resource for information on smart card markets and technology. Reports are available covering business and technology topics in all market segments: enterprise and government ID, financial/retail, healthcare and transportation. Click here for the listing of available Smart Card Alliance reports
- Smart Card Technology Primer
This primer provides an overview of smart card technology and examples of the applications that smart card technology is used for.
To support global interoperability requirements, smart card technology uses proven global standards, and applications using smart card technology are based on both global standards and industry-specific specifications. Click here for more information on standards used with smart cards.
- Market Information
A number of organizations track and publish statistics on smart card issuance. Click here for more information on global shipments.
The Smart Card Alliance has published an extensive glossary to define commonly used terms related to smart card technology and applications. Click here to view the glossary.
- U.S. Government Smart Card Resources. The U.S. government has published a number of documents that provide extensive information on smart card technology and applications.
- FIPS 201, Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors was developed by NIST in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, and published on February 25, 2005. Additional details about FIPS 201 and other related standards can be found at http://csrc.nist.gov/piv-project/index.html.
- Government Smart Card Handbook. The Government Smart Card Handbook was developed under the joint sponsorship of the General Services Administration Office of Government wide Policy and the Smart Card Interoperability Advisory Board (IAB) and was published in February 2004. It provides a comprehensive reference on smart cards, including an overview of smart card and related ID technologies. The Handbook is based on contributions of experts from government, industry and academia, including input and review by members of the Smart Card Alliance Leadership Council.