What are the major benefits that smart cards offer consumers?

Smart cards contain unique features that bring many benefits to both consumers and issuing organizations:

Feature   Benefits


chip is tamper-resistant
information stored on the card can be PIN code and/or read-write protected
capable of performing encryption
each smart card has its own, unique serial number


capable of processing, not just storing information
Smart cards can communicate with computing devices through a smart card reader
information and applications on a card can be updated without having to issue new cards


chip is tamper-resistant
Smart cards provide a portable, easy to use form factor that many are familiar with using