Applications of Smart Cards

Smart Cards and the Java Cards provide a new set of technologies with a great deal of promise. Smart Cards provide a secure, portable platform for "any time, anywhere" computing that can carry and manipulate substantial amounts of data, especially an individual's personal digital identity. Java's portability allows Smart Cards to become a general-purpose computing platform and creates a potentially huge market for application software and development. Whether this market will diversify in the way personal computing has remains to be seen.

Still, there are some clearly defined markets that will adopt Smart Cards in the next few years. The most immediate areas in which Smart Cards have been establishing their positions include:

Other Applications of Smart Cards and Java Card technology include: Government, Healthcare, Information Technology, Mobile Communication, Banking, Loyalty Programs, Mass Transit, Driving Licensing, Electronic Toll Collection, Telephone Cards, etc.