Irvine, CA. April 21, 2004
-- CardLogix, a leader in smart cards and software, today announced a
keychain version of its memory and microprocessor smart cards, designed
for highly mobile applications such as public transportation, parking and
personal ID. This compact form factor, which is about the size of a key,
fits on a keychain and is designed to fit into any standard size smart
card reader and/or terminal with a guide/adaptor provided by CardLogix.
Keychain cards are becoming popular throughout the world for their
convenience, since they are typically carried with other keys that
consumers use all the time. By enabling smart card technology with this
new form factor, CardLogix cards make the transaction of value and data
more convenient. The superior processing, storage and security of smart
cards make them better than conventional keychain card technologies, such
as barcode, magnetic-stripe or RFID, and just as cost-effective.
The demand for a smaller form factor like this keychain card has been
increasing in the U.S. as consumers look for ever-faster ways to transact
on the go. While customers might hesitate to take the time to remove cash
or yet another card from their wallet, they are more likely to use a
convenient keychain card, which they already have in hand. Successful
keychain programs to date include those issued by several large grocery
store chains and Mobil Oil.
CardLogix also announced a family of card guide/adaptors that enables easy
insertion of the keychain card into any standard smart card reader or
terminal, regardless of form factor. This means card issuers and
integrators can have a keychain solution without costly change-out of
More about the Compact Smart Card
This new small form factor smart card features a patent-pending,
anti-tearing locking mechanism that prevents the pulling-out the card from
the reader before the transaction is complete. Early release or "tearing"
of the card from the electrical contacts in the reader before the data is
completely read or written causes incomplete or inaccurate transactions.
This results in repeated insertions, which take up valuable time and
frustrate users. The compact smart card and adaptor are available now.
Pricing depends on the type of card ordered. An optional eyelet is
available for extra durability. For a sample of the card and adaptor,
contact CardLogix at
firstname.lastname@example.org and (949) 380-1312.
CardLogix is the leading U.S. supplier of smart cards and software for the
transaction of data and value. Since 1998 CardLogix has provided smart
card platforms for solutions in security, retail, healthcare and financial
applications worldwide. For more information about CardLogix, go to
A photo of these products are available