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Smart Cards: Seizing Strategic Business Opportunities Hardcover – October 1, 1996

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786311088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786311088
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,675,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lee on November 2, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Smart cards are poised to invade two billion wallets and purses by the year 2000. If you have a credit card, chances are it will have a spider-like chip holding all your essential data. Even your mobile phone uses a smart card. But there are more applications to come, and with it diverse business opportunities for the organisation or individual who is always looking ahead. Smart Cards, edited by Catherine Allen and William Barr with Ron Shultz, breaks the mindset of looking at smart cards merely as an electronic purse. It expounds on the many possibilities that this wafer-thin chip-in-a-card can do to revolutionise the finance and retail sector. In short, it talks about smart-card technology. But don't just take it from me or any of the authors--arrive at your opinion from the cast of major players in the smart-card industry that the authors have assembled. Besides streamlining commercial transactions, the smart card will also have a hand in decentralising the storage of personal information. Hospitals will be able to access a patient's medical history just by reading the individual's smart card, thereby saving precious time in an emergency. At the airport, the smart card will make queues at the check-in counter disappear as travellers can check in electronically with their cards. Besides focusing on the application benefits of smart cards, this book also addresses the stumbling blocks of electronic commerce, namely privacy and security issues. A whole section of the book is catered not only to the issues of privacy but also the existing technologies to counter this problem. Innovative business individuals interested in leap-frogging ahead will benefit most from this book as it forces you to re-think standard business models in electronic commerce.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Moskowitz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book has everything that you may need to know about smart cards. It contains a series of well-written in-depth articles by the experts in the field. Smart cards are the technology of the future -- and they may remain that way. The previous review predicts a smart card revolution for the year 2000. Here it is. Y2K has come and gone. Where are my smart cards? The reality is that the most pervasive use of smart cards has come about by government directive. The King of France has decreed that you cannot use a phone without having a smart card. Much touted experiments for smart card use in the United States have been failures. These include smart card electronic purses for the Atlanta Olympics and for Manhattan. It may just be that smart cards are not a compelling technology.
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