iPhone 6 or electronic identity card?

The iPhone 6 Apple terminal could play the role of security clearance and of payment card in workplaces and universities, since it has both biometric security features and mobile payment applications.

Softwares for new smartphones, including the iPhone 6, could pave the transition way for digital identification and payment operations, replacing the plastic credit card that is used for identification and NFC transactions.

The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) was born during World War II as the IFF – Identification Friend or Foe. After the war, scientists and researchers have used RFID to store and transmit information (passive radio transponder Mario Cardullo in 1973, ancestor of modern RFID). A few years later, RFID has become a commercial success. In 1992, LEGIC Identsystems Ltd introduced the smart card technology for access control and identification applications at 13.56 MHz that still dominate today.

The next step is the virtualization of cards in the software running on devices like smart phones. The availability of mobile phones with their powerful combination of communication interfaces, processing power and attractive user interfaces have an impact on today’s world of identification. In addition to Near Field Communication, which is moving from the existing uses in the mobile industry, wireless, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy and drive it from the consumer market to the industrial use.

With the NFC or Bluetooth, smart phones can act as smart cards and become a door opener, a ticket for mobility, a tool of payments and more.

Mobile phones and smart cards will be used in the coming years. The market trend leads to the mobile identification because of its simplicity, safety and durability. And smart cards will not be replaced. See also www.secureidnews.com/ www.cbronline.com/


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