A hybrid card (also know as a hybrid smart card), contains more than one card technology. A good example of a hybrid card is a card that contains an embedded microprocessor chip in addition to a contactless RFID proximity chip. This is common for Employee ID Cards and badges that use the contact chip for network access and secure messaging and the proximity chip for “Tap and Go” applications, such as Time and Attendance and access to buildings and rooms (PACS). Unlike hybrid cards, smart cards that use a single chip and central logic to communicate via both a contact and contactless interface are called Dual Interface Smart Cards.

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