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New Concept IC Card as a Component of Social Infrastructure

Tetsuo Kusuzaki, Institute of Advanced Business Systems, Hitachi, Ltd.
Kentaro Hamma, Institute of Advanced Business Systems, Hitachi, Ltd.
Teruaki Kishimoto, Institute of Advanced Business Systems, Hitachi, Ltd.
Masaki Ogihara, Institute of Advanced Business Systems, Hitachi, Ltd.

ABSTRACT

The technological revolution of recent years has made possible electronic commerce (EC) which uses an open network for transactions and settling of accounts, notably between businesses and consumers. In order to settle such accounts electronically, it is necessary to have security technology. An IC card is highly secure, and is therefore a potentially important tool for maintaining EC security. Recently, progress has been made in developing a contactless IC card that is expected to play an important role in systems for convenience.

Hitachi, Ltd. is now planning to expand its IC card system operations. One feature of the "New Concept IC Card," under development, is its thickness; it has become possible to make a card that is just 0.2-mm thick. By incorporating a security function, and a contactless communication function into this card, it is expected that this "New Concept IC Card" will play an important role in the new social infrastructure.


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