Toshiba's Industry-First Single Unit Card Issuing Machine for IC and Magnetic Combined Cards in a Desk Top Size|
3 February, 1997
The new machine combines functions previously carried out by three separate machines: a picture and text printer, a magnetic stripe encoder, and an IC formatter. This integration speeds the issue of cards, and dramatically reduces space required by the system; the card issuing machine is only the same size as a desktop PC(H400mmW600mmD400mm). Its programming software can be installed on any PC with the Windows OS and a SCSI interface, and images to be printed on cards can be scanned taken from an image scanner, or downloaded from a video camera connected to the PC. 250 card blanks can be loaded into the machine at once, and issue of a single card takes approximately one minute. A high level of security is assured by requiring the combination of a secret code and a key card to operate the system.
The demand for Smart Cards is rising. They are used in an increasingly wide range of applications, including retail cards, loyalty cards, membership cards and school and employee ID cards. Smart Cards incorporating CPU, which support data encryption and so offer higher security, are expected to see sales of 120 million units worldwide in this fiscal year, rising to 190 million in fiscal 1997. As different services are combined in a single card, use of Smart Cards combined with magnetic stripe cards is rising. The expanding of use Smart Cards is also expected to increase demand for desktop Smart Card Issuing machines, from 8,100 units in 1997 to 13,000 units in 2000.
Toshiba has developed Smart cards for over ten years, and is known for it's highly secure, large-capacity memory cards for banks and services. By developing a Smart Card issuing machine that saves space, is easy to handle and with a fast card issuing capability, the company will bring the versatility of Smart Cards to an extended range of services and applications.
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