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The very smart card: a plastic pocket bank

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1 Author(s)
Shogase, H. ; Toshiba Corp., Tokyo, Japan

Credit cards with computer chips in them, which allow users to give merchants detailed financial information without contacting central banks, are described. The SuperSmart Card is a powerful credit-card-sized computer that fits into a wallet and promises to take over many of the jobs of transaction-support systems, redistributing vast amounts of data-processing work. The card's electronics, user-friendly features, and security features are examined. Field-testing in Japan, which began in Dec.1986, is discussed.<>

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 10 )