Sara Kehaulani Goo reports on smart card ID programs.
Three smart-card companies, Gemplus SA, SchlumbergerSema and Oberthur Card Systems, have formed an alliance and hired a lobbyist to press their case with the TSA and on Capitol Hill for their cards, which include an embedded computer chip. Rival companies Datatrac Information Services Inc. and Lasercard Technologies Corp. claim the alliance is spreading false information about their smart-card products, which use an “optical card” technology that functions like a mini CD burner. Both groups said they intend to bid on the TSA contract.
As has been the case for many years, logic doesn’t always prevail when smart cards are being discussed.