smart card


Definition of smart card

: a small plastic card that has a built-in microprocessor to store and process data and records

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Recent Examples on the Web Voters were then sent to a ballot-marking device with a smart card indicating which ballot the voter should receive. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Georgia shows why November’s election could be chaos," 16 June 2020 Milwaukee Public Transit officials asked people to stay off city buses unless travel is essential, and encouraged passengers to avoid putting money into cash boxes and instead use smart cards or an app. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The most serious challenge the world has faced since World War II': Bars are closing, schools are out — and coronavirus is spreading," 16 Mar. 2020 Both models will be available with Core i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB PCIe SSD, a battery that can last up to 30 hours on a single charge, and ports that include a smart card reader, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 3. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dell updates popular XPS 13 laptop with 16:10 screen, IR camera," 2 Jan. 2020 Phones, online marketplaces, smart cards, streaming video and much more all depend on them. The Economist, "A look inside the factory around which the modern world turns," 18 Dec. 2019 Avetisov compares the technology to the public key encryption used in smart cards, except without the card. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Comcast, Mastercard, and Samsung Are Pouring Millions Into This Password-Killing Startup," 1 Oct. 2019 In one such pilot, some 25,000 pilgrims have been issued smart cards from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Saudi Arabia’s multibillion-dollar hajj industry is getting smarter than ever," 9 Aug. 2019 The smart card is issued in person and has a picture of the holder on it. Time, "'It Is Absurd.' Data Breaches Show it's Time to Rethink How We Use Social Security Numbers, Experts Say," 5 Aug. 2019 For starters, everyone has a rechargeable smart card, called the Octopus card, that is widely used across the city to pay for everything from transport to meals and groceries. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Why Hong Kong’s protesters were afraid to use their metro cards," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of smart card

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Smart card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of smart card

: a plastic card (such as a credit card) that has a small computer chip for storing information

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