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About Smart Cards : Introduction

Industry Information

The Smart Card Alliance publishes reports and white papers to members and the general public 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

The U.S. government has also published a number of documents that provide extensive information on smart card technology and applications.

  • The Federal Identity Management Handbook was published in December 2005 by the Federal Identity Credentialing Committee as an implementation guide for government agency credentialing managers, their leadership, and other stakeholders as they pursue compliance with HSPD-12 and FIPS 201.

  • 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

  • Government Smart Card Handbook. The Government Smart Card Handbook was developed under the joint sponsorship of the General Services Administration Office of Governmentwide 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.


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