SPS New “Hybrid 8” Module Revolutionizes Hybrid Contact / Contactless Card Embedding

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As it has the exact same dimensions as a standard Dual 8 module, Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS) new “Hybrid 8” module facilitates the integration for card manufacturers, which are now able to switch seamlessly between contactless, hybrid and dual interface card embedding.

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Olivier Brunet, Marketing and Product Director, at SPS, declares: “SPS keeps on delivering innovative solutions to ensure smart card manufacturers benefit from its innovations bringing improved flexibility and boosting their yield and product quality."

Smart Packaging Solutions, a world leader in eID documents, introduces “Hybrid 8,” its new micro module, for hybrid cards with two chips: one contact and one contactless. The new Hybrid 8 module has exactly the same dimensions as SPS Dual 8 module used for dual interface cards that support contact and contactless communication with a single chip. This dimensional standardization enables smart card manufacturers to switch easily between manufacturing contactless, hybrid and dual interface cards, as no additional investment is needed.

The new Hybrid 8 module allows smart card manufacturers to integrate both the contact and the contactless chip at the end of their process, leading to a significantly better yield than the traditional process in which the contactless chip has to be integrated in the form of an inlay, before lamination and printing, which leads to poorer yields.

With the new Hybrid 8 module, smart card manufacturers benefit from a simpler supply chain as they receive the modules already embedded with both the contact and the contactless chips. This way they have a single supplier bringing a simpler and more reliable supply of modules, already embedded with both chips, constituting a strategic supply.

Also, with SPS “Module 8”, as the smart card manufacturer completes the embedding of the module as the last part of the process, it is able to keep inventories of cards and modules separately and complete the embedding and printing upon customers orders giving it the best flexibility and an efficient means to deliver the best service to its customers.

The flexibility brought by the fact all modules “Hybrid 8“ and “Dual 8” share the same footprint means that smart card embedders can, with a single process, switch easily between manufacturing contact, contactless and dual interface cards.

SPS Hybrid 8 micro module is compatible with the company's exclusive security features:

  •     Custom Antenna Image (CAITM), a watermark made on the antenna inside the card inlay, easy to control just with a strong light,
  •     Custom Module Image (CMITM), a logo on the module of a hybrid card.

Olivier Brunet, Marketing and Product Director, at SPS, declares: “SPS keeps on delivering innovative solutions to ensure smart card manufacturers benefit from its innovations providing them with improved flexibility and boosting their yield and overall product quality.”

Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS) will be exhibiting on stand B14 at SDW, a major conference and exhibition focusing on next-generation human identity solutions and intrinsic document security, in London, on 26-28 June 2017.

About SPS
Smart Packaging Solutions is specialized in the design, manufacturing and sale of contactless solutions dedicated to ID cards, e-passport and dual interface banking cards. Headquartered in Rousset, France, with a subsidiary in Singapore, SPS employs 120 people. Part of the French Imprimerie Nationale Group, the company specializes in contactless and dual-interface products, with a recognized micro packaging expertise. SPS has filed over 120 patents supporting its exclusive technologies. More information at http://www.s-p-s.com

SPS is part of the Imprimerie Nationale Group

The Imprimerie Nationale Group is a global leader in secure identity solutions.

In a mobile and digital world where data security has become the major issue, the Imprimerie Nationale Group offers States, governments and businesses trusted solutions including added value electronic components for banking, identity solutions including electronic components, cutting-edge secure credentials and safe and reliable interoperable systems, but also innovative and efficient digital services, and secure solutions for complex printings and workflows.

Real engineering company, the Imprimerie Nationale Group is specialized in the integration of electronic and biometrics in identity documents and in polycarbonate cards. Thanks to its innovative new products and its strengthened security, the Imprimerie Nationale Group has become a worldwide leader with major customers in over 68 countries.

Based in Paris, the Imprimerie Nationale Group has two production centers and employs more than 900 employees, of which over a third is dedicated to technology development.

Contact: Imprimerie Nationale Group
Romain Galesne-Fontaine | +33 1 40 58 30 00     |     media(at)imprimerienationale.fr

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