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7.1 Introduction

Smart cards represent a new technology that has tremendous potential for enhancing the security of distributed systems. This appendix introduces smart card terminology, describes current smart card technology (including physical and logical characteristics), discusses the current status of smart card standardization, and closes with a brief discussion of the benefits a company could gain by utilizing smart cards.

Denis Arnaud