What is a contact chip card?

  • by Plastic Card Services
  • 17.04.2013
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Have you ever looked down at your plastic card and wondered why there is a small gold square area in the top left hand corner? Well, many modern smart cards have in-built chips which are designed to allow you to store and communicate information across a network, whether it be for payments, memberships or any other type of card functions – and that’s exactly what these small gold areas are designed for.

Contact chip cards are a popular option in many businesses and they make a great alternative to the traditional electronic strips which can easily wear away or become damaged. For many people there is nothing more frustrating than a card which has an electronic strip that no longer works, and one of the main benefits of a contact chip card is that it is generally longer lasting in this respect.

How does a contact chip card work?

A contact chip card usually works by being inserted into a chip reader and information is then transferred from your card through to the reader device, or vice versa. Contact chip cards are designed to work specifically with card reader devices, but they can be used across a wide wireless network and locations right around the world – giving them a great scope and portability.

Contact chip cards can be programmed in a certain way to perform functions and the way that they are programmed is usually down to the individual creator, so if you are looking for something that you can tailor a little bit to the needs of your business then this could be a great option for you.

What potential benefits can a contact chip card bring to my business?

Contact chip cards are incredibly efficient pieces of technology and they are able to work well for any business who likes to keep security and practicality right at the top of their lists. Well-manufactured they are designed to last and rather than wearing away in the way that a general electric strip does, the chips are designed to improve security and last at the same time!