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Smart Card Alliance Releases New White Paper -- Contactless Technology for Secure Physical Access

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Princeton Junction, NJ, October 1, 2002 – Contactless smart cards can add higher security to everyday ID credentials that employees use to access buildings, airports and other secure facilities, according to a new Smart Card Alliance white paper released today. At the same time, the technology paves the way to add new applications like network access control.

“Contactless Technology for Secure Physical Access: Technology and Standards Choices” provides an in-depth tutorial on contactless technology in access control. Topics include a discussion of the different types of contactless technology, relevant standards and the advantages of contactless smart cards for physical access. The report, written for executives and managers, is available to both members and non-members at no charge at

Contactless smart cards differ from traditional contact smart cards by not requiring physical connectivity to the card reader. The card works by bringing it close to a card reader and using radio frequencies to exchange information. The use of contactless technologies is particularly attractive for secure physical access, where the ID credential and reader must often work in harsh operating conditions, with a high volume of use or with a high degree of user convenience.

Alliance members from 16 organizations, both public and private, were involved in the development of this white paper. Lead contributors included representatives from ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group; Atmel; EDS; Gemplus; IBM; MasterCard International; NTRU Cryptosystems, Inc.; Philips Electronics; SC Solutions; SchlumbergerSema; SCM Microsystems, and Turtle Mountain Communications.

Contributors will be available to discuss the contactless white paper at the Alliance’s 10th Annual Conference starting October 7th in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hundreds of smart card industry leaders will gather to discuss the ‘Catalysts for Convergence’ such as policy decisions, standards and new infrastructure implementations that are changing how corporations and government agencies do business. More information is available at

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to accelerate the acceptance of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. For more information please visit

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