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SmartCard Manager Driver Update

Many businesses provide a variety of smart card solutions and mainly functions to give solutions for cashless catering in Education as well as to provide turn-key reliable solutions to every sector of business, such as retail beauty and salon as well as the restaurant and hotel industry.

Unlike ordinary swipe-type of cards, such as the credit, debit and loyalty cards that have magnetic strip, smart cards contains microprocessors that are available in 8, 16, and 32 bit programming. Before inserting this chip, a cavity is formed or milled in the plastic card. A cold or hot glue process will then put the micro-module together to the surface.

A smart card’s data storage volume varies from 300 bytes to 32,000 bytes with bigger storage capacity that should come out soon due to new semi-conductor technology advances since their capability to download applications is still being developed by Sun Microsystems.

Smart cards can use ferro-electric memories as well, which are the modern recording technology. Existing smart cards have around 250 kilobytes of memory, enough to store considerable amounts of varied information, such as the holder’s medical history that can also be used by doctors, pharmacists or even paramedics in case of emergency. Smart cards can also bear information like the identity of each pupil in a school, university or college, or employees who work for a certain company or organization.

Aside from being an ID card, a smart card can also be used to pay for purchases like fuel, general retail stock, public transportation, meals at a restaurant as well as drinks at a bar. Unlike the magnetic strips on credit cards, smartcard do not come in contact with any reader and therefore, they don’t wear out from overuse as magnetic strips do. Users can load smartcards with credit to pay for goods or services. This is known as an electronic purse. They can also collect points in order to receive discounts using a loyalty card.

Of course, in order to read a smart card, you need to have some software for it. SmartCard Manager is a program that allows you send APDU commands to any smart/sim card. Inside, you can define some of the standard GSM commands such as ‘Select Telecom’ folder and check CHV1. With SmartCard Manager, you can check your own communication using any compatible PC/SC reader.

SmartCard version 1.0.3 was released on January 12, 2009 and it is available for download. This driver update may have unspecified updates, improvements or bug fixes. This software works on any computer system that has any of the following operating systems: Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista.

While this software only comes with a 10-day trial period, it is recommended that you purchase its full version for just $75.00. Moreover, you may want to check the other hardware if they have the correct updates using this Driver Scanner. With its free version, each driver update would have to be installed manually. However, it is highly recommended that you get the full version in order to have the updates downloaded and installed automatically. This only costs $29.99 USD, valid for an entire year. You can go for the second year for just $9.99 USD.

 

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