There's no denying the importance of smart cards in today's world. As Keith Mayes notes in his book 'Smart Cards, Tokens, Security and Applications', the day to day practical implementation of smart cards has never been as popular as it is now.
Smart cards are ideal for security, access, identification and so much more. But how much do you know about the composition of said cards? Are they same as regular credit cards? Understanding this might help your business with protection and retention of smart ID cards that you print or buy.
What constitutes a smart card?
Most of the time, smart cards are fantastic plastic items. In particular, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is a type of plastic used widely in a number of roles. Looking a little closer at the material, it's actually incredibly fire-resistant due to the presence of chlorine in the chemical's composition.
Smart ID cards could also be composed of polycarbonate, which has even better temperature-resisting properties. Understanding what makes up your smart cards can help you determine appropriate usage.
How long do they last?
According to an IBM case study on smart cards, polycarbonate ones can have a shelf life of more than ten years, while PVC cards have a shorter lifespan of between two and five years. Either way, this is excellent value considering the costs of production.
PVC cards tend to be the most cost-effective in terms of production. This is something to consider when you are working out your options for distribution of cards, especially in larger agencies and departments.
Using an ID card printer that enables efficient production of robust cards may be vital to security, efficiency and even your bottom line. Wholesale iD stocks a range of printers that can ably meet your smart card needs.