The US smart card market will receive another leg up this week with the introduction of low cost smart card reader devices that link to portable and desktop PCs.
Both Fischer International and SCM Microsystems are expected to unveil plug and play devices for disk drives with standard PC slots that will accept the credit-card-size cards.
Until now smart card readers have been attached to PCs with serial port cable connectors or through internal bus connections. Analysts reckon the more affordable reader devices will make it easier for people to use smart cards over public networks.
The announcement follows a tie up last week between the markets two biggest smart card players Gemplus and Schlumberger who have agreed to develop cards with a common Java operating system. Alyxia Do, research analyst at market watchers Frost and Sullivan: ?The US market for smart cards has been extremely slow," There was an increasing demand for open systems using smart cards, she said.
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