Contact chip

UltraSecure contact chip cards

UltraSecure contact chip smart cards are the same size as a standard CR80 card but also have a single embedded chip. The card is inserted into a reader and information is read or written on to the chip via electrical connectivity with its gold-plated contact pads.

The embedded integrated circuit chip can either comprise just memory, or it may also contain a microprocessor. Memory-only chips are more cost-effective but offer less security and less flexibility.

Information on chips with a microprocessor can be updated securely and can also contain enhanced security features (such as for EMV payment cards) to protect the contents of the chip’s memory from any unauthorised access.

The ideal access card

Cards are the key to security. UltraSecure cards are engineered to withstand years of everyday use. UltraSecure cards are built for personalisation. They were developed with a smooth PVC surface with minimal chip deflection so every card looks great, no matter how it’s printed. Manufactured at facilities certified by ISO 9001, Visa®, and MasterCard®, UltraSecure credentials have lower failure rates and higher system integrity than other proximity card alternatives. Available with both PVC and durable PET composite construction, UltraSecure cards are built to last. PET composite is stronger than pure PVC so it resists warping, cracking and yellowing over a long life cycle. UltraSecure contact chip cards are also available in multi-technology formats including magnetic stripe and MIFARE®.

Industry leading delivery and service

Global manufacturing and personalisation hubs get UltraSecure cards to your door quickly, with no backlog or minimum order requirements. UltraSecure is backed by a commitment to service with free training, an experienced staff of ID security experts and a dedicated network of resellers. Every UltraSecure product is guaranteed for life. This means free phone and email support for all customers, including complimentary replacement of production damaged or defective cards for as long as the card is in use.

ConstructionISO 7810 CR80 printable
 ISO 7816
MaterialPVC or PET/PVC composite
CommunicationsPC / SC
 ISO 7816
 Proprietary systems
MemoryContact us with your requirements
  • Government

    Many government ID card schemes, including some National ID cards, are based on secure contact chip technology.

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  • Physical access

    Contact chip cards can be loaded with a logical access control application for protecting access to data and networks.

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  • Healthcare

    Contact chip cards, often combined with a payment application, can be used as a secure health insurance card, with the memory capacity also sometimes used to store important personal health records.

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  • Payments

    Contact chip cards are used globally as the most secure method for financial transactions, based on the EMV specification.

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  • Logical access

    Contact chip cards can be loaded with a logical access control application for protecting access to data and networks.

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  • Data

    The memory of the contact chip ID card can be used to store data, ranging from simple name and address details to biometric templates, photographs and more detailed personal information.

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 125 KHz ProximitySMA ProximityMIFARE ClassicMIFARE DESFire EV1Contact chipMulti-technology
Security level
Physical access
Logical access
EncryptionHexadecimalProprietaryProprietaryAES and 3DESAES and 3DES and moreAES and 3DES and more
Proximity compatible
Card memoryUp to 40bitsUp to 1KB1KBUp to 8KBUp to 1GBUp to 1GB
UltraSecure delivery window24 hours*24 hours*48 hours*1 week*1-2 weeks*1-2 weeks
Typical supplier delivery window2-3 weeks*2-3 weeks*2-3 weeks*1-2 weeks*3-4 weeks*3-4 weeks
Estimated cost level$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

*custom programmed cards