Smart cards made professionally in South Africa by us.
The smart cards are printed and assembled by us. We make the cards from imported microchips from the worlds leading suppliers. We stock a wide range of the most popular chips such as Mifare 1k and 4k, EM or Omega, NFC and Temic chips.
For detail information on the chips this site is an excellent source of information NXP Semiconductor (was Philips Semiconductors) and yes we use their chips. This means you may find the cheaper clones on the market but take note of security and your exposure to copyright IP liabilities. They may not be illegal in China but the original IP of NXP is valid and legal in South Africa. This protects both the manufacturer and the client. Clones and fakes although cheaper have damaged the reliability of established brand names like Mifare and NXP are committed to prevent this and so are we. If you think you may be using fake Mifare cards please ask us and we will show you how to tell the difference and let you know what chip is hidden in the card.
When we discuss smart cards, we mean cards that include an either surface fitted or an embedded micro processor. This is to allow the card to perform various data related functions such as data transmission, encryption, bio metric, data storage and wallet functions.
For smart cards where the chip is embedded inside the core of the card we refer to them as ” RFID”, “Contactless chip” or “Proximity Cards”.
There are many different types of chips, and frequencies for transmission of data, so if you’re unsure of the card you require please give us a call and we’ll be glad to assist where we can.
RFID smart cards use radio frequency (RF) technology to transmit data to and from a reader. Each card has a wire (coil) embedded inside the card that connects to a capacitor and microchip. The coil powers the chip via the capacitor using induction current, harnessed from the magnetic field surrounding a card reader. The same coil wire also serves at an antennae to allow transmitting and receiving of data from the device.
The market for these cards is growing rapidly because of the obvious benefits of ease of use, speed and versatility.
Popular applications include public transport for fare payment, access control, cashless vending, parking, loyalty, electronic purse, gambling, road toll, student, employee IDs in government and corporate environments, e-passports and other secure travel documents, and cards for cashless payment.