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Smart Cards and Identity Applications

Smart card technology is currently recognized as the most appropriate technology for identity applications that must meet critical security requirements, including:

  • Authenticating the bearer of an identity credential when used in conjunction with personal identification numbers (PINs) or biometric technologies
  • Protecting privacy
  • Increasing the security of an identity credential
  • Implementing identity management controls

Countries around the world use smart cards for secure identity applications. In addition, public corporations (including Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Chevron, and Boeing) use smart employee ID cards to secure access to physical facilities and computer systems and networks.

Additional information on the use of smart cards for identity applications can be found on the enterprise ID and government application pages and from the Smart Card Alliance Identity Council.

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