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The Benefits of Mifare Cards

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Contactless technology isn’t just becoming better; it’s becoming smart. With the wave of a hand, you can pay for your shopping, ride the bus, and sign in at your local gym, and all without touching a card reader or keypad. And with so many easy applications, contactless cards are a simple, secure and practical way to save time.

And when it comes to contactless cards, Mifare technology is leading the way.

What is Mifare?

Mifare is a groundbreaking contactless technology pioneered by electronics giants Phillips. Powered by tiny internal antenna, the Mifare card responds to the magnetic filed generated by the card reader, allowing you to perform simple transactions without needing to insert your card or key in a pin number. This type of contactless technology is perfectly suited to low value transactions, public transport ticketing, security identification, loyalty cards and more.

Secure, reliable and affordable, Mifare technology has already proven extremely popular for a variety of businesses and a range of applications.

Here are the technical facts you need to know about Mifare:

• Mifare complies full with the industry standard for contactless smart cards (ISO14443A)
• Mifare technology operates on a frequency of 13.56 MHz.
• The read range (the distance you need to be from the card reader) is between 0-10cm.
• Standard Mifare card dimensions are 85.7mm x 54.0mm x 0.8mm, although other sizes are available
• The data capacity of a standard Mifare card is 1K. This is split in to 16 sectors each containing 4 blocks of 16 bytes. Other capacities are available

But is it Safe?

Mifare cards aren’t just practical; they are also secure. By using advanced encryption, Mifare technology protects your money and personal details from theft and fraud. The radio transmissions sent between your Mifare card and the card reader are encrypted to prevent interception and decoding, and each sector of the card can be coded with 48 bit keys for read and write access. In simple terms, this allows the card to safely perform multiple functions from a range of vendors simultaneously. These bit keys also protect the data contained within each sector, and you can tailor the level of encryption on the card.

Why Choose Mifare?

With other contactless card systems out there, why choose Mifare? Here are just a few reasons why Mifare is perfect for you and your business:

It’s Contactless
The biggest benefit of the Mifare card is that it’s contactless. This means the end of swiping and inserting. No longer will you experience that horrible sinking feeling when you realise that you’ve left your card in the card reader, on the till, or sticking out of the cashpoint. With a wave of your wallet, your transaction is complete and your Mifare card has never left your hand.

It’s Versatile
Mifare technology is extremely versatile and ideal for a variety of applications. It can be used in bank and credit cards for quick, contactless payment; it makes pay as you go rail and bus travel easy; your employees can use it to sign in and out of work securely; and it’s great for loyalty and membership cards.

It’s Secure
The information on your Mifare card is protected by the most advanced and secure encryption. In the unfortunate event that your card is lost or stolen, anyone trying to access this information or copy your card is going to find themselves out of luck.

It Lasts Longer
Contactless technology means less wear and tear. Without the constant swiping and inserting, your card will stay as good as new. And with sealed card readers, the likelihood of damage or malfunction is greatly reduced.

It’s Unique
Each Mifare card is unique. It has it’s own serial number, meaning that there’s no way for your card to be mistaken for someone else’s. In the event of loss of theft, it is easy to track any misuse.

It’s Waterproof
If your workplace is open to the elements, Mifare technology is ideal. Both card and card reader are sealed, meaning that the technology contained within is protected from water, dust and damage.

It’s Not Just for Cards
And the great thing about Mifare technology is that it’s so small, it can be embedded in a range of items, including cards, ID passes, key fobs and more.

Benefits Mifare Cards

The history of the branded plastic card

As you can see from our website, the uses for the plastic card are now almost endless and inevitably, the branded plastic card is ubiquitous… our purses and wallets stuffed with the things. Just think through your average day: paying for the shopping; using your superstore loyalty card; stopping off at the gym; using your membership to various clubs; the gift card you’ve been given for a birthday that you’re exchanging for something from a store; your key to get into the hotel for your weekend break away. The only surprise is that we still have wallets and purses big enough to cope with them all!

However, the next time you take one out, have a moment to think how recent an addition these cards have been in our lives, what they have enabled us to do, and the time it has saved us all. Your parents will no doubt recall a cash only society – where, when you ran out of the stuff, you would have to wait for the bank to open (or else, to get back to the shoe box stuffed under the mattress).

Plastic cards have indeed been a recent addition to our lives. Magnetic storage was only developed during WWII and computer data storage in the 1950s, through work such as that of Alan Turing in Manchester and the first storable computer, The Baby. However, it wasn’t until the following decade that the two were merged… and that was only down to the lucky ingenuity of one Dorothea Parry.

Her husband, Forrest Parry, was an engineer for IBM and it was Mr Parry who had the notion of fixing a strip of magnetic tape to a plastic card. Only, every type of glue he used to do it jus wouldn’t work - either it would come away, or else the glue would affect the data on the strip. The story goes that Mr Parry came home one evening, after yet another frustrating - and sticky - day in the lab. His wife, the aforementioned Mrs Parry, asked what was wrong, and he explained his dilemma. Dorothea was ironing at the time and suggested the notion of melting the strip on, using an iron. It worked. The heat was just enough to meld magnetic tape and plastic… and billions upon billions of transactions have taken place as a result.

Here in the UK, Barclaycard introduced the first plastic credit card to this country in 1966. The significance of the year - and England’s victory in the World Cup - might possibly explain Barclay’s continued involvement with the Premier League. The Access card followed in 1972, and a credit revolution was on its way!

History Branded Plastic Cards