Contactless smart cards are nowadays used widely for a number of different applications. While these applications were originally carried out with the help of contact smart cards, nowadays contactless smart cards are used for them as they allow for more convenient and faster transactions by getting rid of the need for creating contact between a card and its reader. Some of the areas where these cards are used include logical and physical access control, automatic fare collections, micro-payments as well as government and corporate IDs. As the demand for these cards are growing every day, numerous brands have now come forward with their own range of contactless smart cards offering enhanced security and a range of other useful features.
By nature, transactions carried out with contactless cards are not inherently as secure as those made with contact transactions. This is due to the fact that with contactless cards, data is transmitted over the air. Due to this reason, many places that require regular carrying out of electronic security applications prefer using contact cards. Nevertheless, one can still make use of Mifare contactless card units for added security and efficiency.
When it comes to contactless smart cards technologies, there are very few companies that are as well known and reputed as Mifare. Over the years, more than 150 million Mifare card readers and 10 billion Mifare chips have been sold all over the world. The 13.56 Mhz high frequency technology that is used by Mifare is based on ISO/IEC 14443A standards. The cards manufactured by Mifare are extensively used for transportation, payments, education, access control, loyalty card schemes as well as many other applications. Among the range of cards that are designed and manufactured by Mifare, some of the most notable ones include Classic, Ultralight, Plus, Ultralight C, DESFire EV1 and DESFire.
MIFARE was originally developed by Mikron during the early 1990’s. The term Mifare actually refers to the MIkron FARE-collection System. Later in 1998, it was obtained by Philips under the label of NXP. The Classic 1k chip from MIFARE was introduced in the year 1994 and was licensed by the firm Infineon Technologies. Infineon Technologies also produced the Infineon MIFARE 1k that is technologically compatible with the Classic series. A number of other products were also released by Mifare in all these years. However, among the products that has been manufactured by Mifare in all these years, the Mifare DESFire chips became the most popular.
Another type of card that is frequently used in corporate environment is the PVC cards. These cards can also be custom printed for carrying any kind of information. They are particularly used for creating ID cards that are crucial for security purposes. Some of the common types of PVC cards include Standard White Cards, Access Control Cards, Magnetic Stripe Cards, Color Cards, Adhesive Cards, Composite Cards and Specialty Cards. There are a number of brands that design and manufacture these cards, which means that it is quite easy to find cards of top grade quality.