Smart card shipments show strong growth trend

Source: Eurosmart

The Smart Security Industry has confirmed its dynamism in 2010 and will pass the 5 billion microcontroller based Smart Secure Devices this year.

4.5 billion units of Smart Secure Devices were shipped in 2009, and we anticipate that number to grow by 18% in 2010 to exceed 5.3 billion units. Over 4 billion SIM cards have been shipped in 2010 and over 1 billion payment cards are expected in 2011. The proportion of Contactless cards is growing, especially dual card combining both contact and contactless.

In addition to the traditional Smart Secure Devices market, exciting new possibilities have started to materialize in 2010. For instance, with the growth in Machine to Machine, embedded mobile connectivity is already delivering new benefits to consumers and businesses, just like mobile phones do and have done for over 15 years. And as objects become Smart and start to communicate with each other with or without human intervention, we are beginning to see how the future Internet of Things may reshape our society.

To make the best of these opportunities, the right balance between convenience, privacy and security must be found. The Smart Security Industry has a long experience in implementing the right technologies to achieve this objective. The combination of biometrics with Smart Secure Device technology is offering particularly interesting perspectives in this respect.

The following are the major growth drivers per segment:

Telecom
• SIM shipments benefit from strong growth in China, India, Indonesia and Brazil, with 3G in India being a driver for larger memory size
• Mobile financial services to increase security needs and demand for higher end products
• M2M and embedded mobile connectivity generate great interest

Banking-Retail
• Worldwide EMV and DDA migration benefit from strong growth in Latin America and Asia
• Strong dual contact and contactless cards growth

Government ID-Healthcare
• Increasing deployment of eID cards and the European Resident Permit
• European initiatives drive provision of e-Services for citizens' convenience and administration savings, requiring secure identification
• USA visa waiver program and European Union directive on biometrics e-Passport increase penetration of high-end security technology

Contactless Smart Secure Device
• Around 15 Mu NFC secure elements are expected to be shipped, mainly by MNOs in Asia and Europe in 2011
• Growth of dual (contact and contactless) is higher than pure contactless
• 20% of Banking-Retail cards have contactless interface in 2010, 22% in 2011
• Emergence of microcontroller based cards combining transit and a second application

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