I read an article recently discussing the advantages and disadvantages of smartcards. I know that there have been quite a few distributed, but it seems to me that the adoption rate and the length of time they have been available are a bit out of sync. I would have thought that we would have many more smartcards, used in more places, being as they werer actually invented in 1968, and were widely used in French pay phones starting in 1983.
Now don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of positive aspects of smartcards, and they are used in quite a few industries. I’m just beginning to wonder if they are headed the way of video recorders. In other words, are smartphones going to replace the need for smartcards like they did for video recorders? They seem to be replacing everything else, from GPS maps to game consoles.
Okay, so what is the downside of a phone becoming your smartcard? I realize that most people don’t wear their smartphones on their shirt like an ID badge, but neither do they wear a smartcard on their shirt (unless it happens to be their ID badge, one of the many uses.)
But more and more we’re seeing that smart phones are replacing more and more personal devices. You no longer need a boarding pass, you can get one on your smartphone to be scanned. So, why can’t you have an image that uniquely identifies you that can be scanned anywhere from a bank to an airline counter?
What’s your opinion? Are smartcards dead, or will they continue to have a valid reason to live on in the future. I’m curious to hear your thoughts, but I’m willing to bet that it won’t be long before our personal information (what is still private, anyway) will be stored on a smart phone.