contactless smart card
From Wednesday, it will be possible to tap your ez-link card against a reader to pay for food, drinks and gifts at the Food Hall in Basement 2 of the Takashimaya department store. Around 80 per cent of the Food Hall's 51 tenants have been persuaded to go cashless.
THE Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore is aiming to set up 19,000 more places at which contactless stored-value cards can be accepted.
Conducted by travel services provider Sabre Travel Network, the study revealed that 51 percent of Asia-Pacific travelers would like to use their mobile phones to check in for flights. Some 46 percent would be keen to select and change their seats, while 40 percent said they would like to use their mobile devices to automate re-accommodation services should their flights be canceled.
Smart cards remain secure no matter how long they are used. The computer inside a smart card can secure information stored inside, limit access only to authorized parties and encrypt (scramble) its communications with other devices.
If the smart card computer fails, the information stored in it remains safe because it can no longer be accessed. Smart cards are designed to work for years. Electronic passports for example, which include a secure contactless smart card inside, are issued for many years, sometimes 10 years or more.
Today, smart card technology is not just used in the shape of a card either. Sometimes it is inside something else, like a USB token, passport or cell phone. Smart cards have two different types of interfaces: contact and contactless.