MasterCard makes customer-focused smart card solutions a reality

MasterCard makes customer-focused smart card solutions a reality
Tom Foremski
Credit card giant MasterCard has introduced the first smart card with four unique applications on a single smart card.
The applications are designed to be used in corporate and government procurement applications and they are held on a Multos multi-application card using a Siemens 16 K chip. MasterCard says that a key feature of the Multos smart card is that applications can be deleted and replaced without requiring the issuing of a new card which saves time and money.
MasterCard senior vice president Steve Abrams said that the announcement is “another world-first for MasterCard, and we believe it also marks the dawn of widespread implementation of smart card technology.” MasterCard is trying to popularise the use of smart cards in the US but there are still few applications beyond a handful of pilot projects.


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