Pure Metal Cards leads the industry in developing innovate and unique metal cards. Our metal RFID/NFC cards with enhanced security features enable your metal contactless cards to add functionality. Pure Metal Cards are available in any of our metals and card finishes to create simply stunning contactless cards.
Traditional Smart Cards
A smart card is typically a type of chip card, is a plastic card that contains an embedded computer chip–either a memory or microprocessor type–that stores and transacts data. This data is usually associated with either value, information, or both and is stored and processed within the card’s chip. The card data is transacted via a reader that is part of a computing system. Systems that are enhanced with smart cards are in use today throughout several key applications, including banking, entertainment, hospitality, healthcare, and transportation. All applications can benefit from the added features and security that smart cards provide.
In the last 20 years or so, many industries, for example, hotels and hospitality have turned to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) keycards that come with a smart chip embedded in a plastic card and it works by simply tapping the card on the door lock to open the door. This technology eliminates the demagnetization problem of magstripe key cards and they were a lot more secure and convenient for both hotels and guests.
Empowering a Contactless Card
To make the contactless card function you will need the cardholder to pass their phone over the card. The chip location can cause the user to sometimes need to swipe once or twice before the chip is read.
To enable functionality once the cardholder scans the card you will need to link the chip to a website, app, social media, coupon, event or contact details. A number of different providers offer such services, for example, Scanova.
Most modern smartphones are now NFC enabled. Apple phones from iPhone 7 are also enabled. For the latest list of smartphones that are NFC enabled, please visit here. In fact, more than half of Americans now use contactless payments, according to Mastercard poll.
To encode the NFC/RFID chip on your card you will need to use a tag writer app. These are available for both Apple IOS and Google Android version.
Types of Contactless Chips
There are a number of different types of chips available. The MIFARE Classic 1K and Ultralight are among the most common smart chips.
MIFARE Classic 1K and 4K
Developed by NXP Semiconductors, the MIFARE Classic 1K started the contactless revolution by paving the way for numerous applications in public transport, access management, employee cards, and hospitality.
This could be considered the entry-level for the contactless smart card products among the MIFARE family, due mainly to its affordability. They are also known to be the most widely used contactless smart cards in the market where RFID applications are deployed.
MIFARE Classic EV1 represents the highest evolution of the MIFARE Classic product family and succeeds all previous versions. It is available in a 1K and in a 4K memory version, serving different application needs.
- Contactless transmission of data and energy supply
- 1K or 4K bytes EEPROM
- Operating frequency of 13.56MHz
- ISO/IEC 14443 Type-A compliant
- Size 85 x 54mm x 0.84mm (thickness)
- Material: PVC
For customers who wish to use blank cards, you have the option to choose from totally blank, or printed with UID. Different formats of UID, (whether in Hex or Decimal) available upon request.
MIFARE DESFire is, by far, the most sophisticated of the MIFARE® cards available, and it’s perfectly suited for storing sensitive information and making secure transactions. It has more hardware and software security features than the standard MIFARE chips and the DESFire operating system offers a solid platform with encryption which makes it a perfect choice for application where security is of utmost importance.
- Fully ISO/IEC 14443 A 1-4 compliant
- Memory size available at 2/4/8 kB EEPROM with fast programming
- High data rates according to ISO/IEC 14443-4:
up to 848 Kbit/s
- Choice of open DES/2K3DES/3KDES/AES encryption
- Privacy protection
- Unique 7-byte serial number (ISO Cascade Level 2)
Embedded with smaller memory capacity than the Classic and DESFire, MIFARE Ultralight cards are an ideal option for low‐cost, high volume applications such as public transport, loyalty cards, and event ticketing.
In terms of industry utility, they are most suitable for disposable ticketing. Sporting events, entry to exhibitions, public transport tickets and etc. They were also being widely used by Vingcard for their hotel key cards which come with their customized encryption.
The MIFARE Plus has been developed as a sort of replacement for MIFARE Classic which security has somewhat been compromised. It offers a higher level of security that incorporates AES and DES/Triple-DES encryption standards, as well as an older proprietary encryption algorithm. This is best suited for application that requires more stringent security, such as stored value payment solutions, access control.
Available in 3 versions users have the choice among MIFARE Plus X, MIFARE Plus S and MIFARE Plus SE.
Almost all chip cards are built from layers of differing materials, or substrates, that when brought together properly gives the card a specific life and functionality. The typical card today is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyester or polycarbonate. The card layers are printed first and then laminated in a large press. The next step in construction is the blanking or die-cutting. This is followed by embedding a chip and then adding data to the card. In all, there may be up to 30 steps in constructing a card. The total components, including software and plastics, maybe as many as 12 separate items; all this in a unified package that appears to the user as a simple device.
To add functionality to your metal contactless card we incorporate an NFC/RFID chip into the metal card body by using a PVC chip card. The NFC chip can be programmed using a smartphone or a dedicated card reader/writer. The chip itself is hidden within the PVC card. The chip can only be read from the PVC side, so the top metal card acts like a shield.
By adding an NFC chip to your metal cards you can set up digital trigger actions when the card is in near contact to other NFC enabled devices. You can program the card to link to contact information like your website or for other promotional activities or access security features like a door or room access. Most modern smartphones are NFC enabled.
Pure Metal Cards provides premium quality PVC cards available in either a gloss or matt finish. We can also add textures to the PVC card. These cards are in 0.5mm (0.02”) card thickness. These can be added to our metal cards in 0.3mm (0.012”) card thickness, which is available in stainless steel, brass or copper.
Help Starting Out
To help you start out we offer a metal cards sampler pack that includes a selection of all our metals, card thickness, and card finishes. The sample pack* costs US$14.99 to cover postage and admin. We only send our own card designs, not customer cards as samples. If you are trying to imagine what our products are like and feel like when you actually get your hands on them, now, you don’t have to. We can deliver a variety of samples right to your door. Find out more today.
Details about our metal ID cards can be found here.
To better understand what contactless payment is, how it works, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this method, check out this well-crafted infographic about contactless payment by Milkwhale. Additional details about the move to metal payment cards can be found here.
Why Pure Metal Cards is the best place to buy
Satisfaction Guaranteed – We want you to be completely amazed by your purchase. We replace cards if they do not meet your satisfaction.
Speed – Pure Metal Cards offers the fastest turnaround time in the market today for custom-made metal business cards. Cards typically take 7-9 business days to produce and 1-2 days to ship to you.
Pricing – We lead the industry by offering simple, all-inclusive pricing. The price quoted on our website is the price you pay.
Range of Card Finishes – We offer the widest range of metals and card finishes available anywhere. For example, we have 12 different finishes for our matt black metal cards.
Free Delivery – We offer free delivery on everything. And once your order ships, we’ll email a tracking number so you can follow your order.
Switch to Pure Metal Cards Today
With over 2 million metal cards shipped to over 70 countries around the world to date, we lead the industry in card innovation and options to make your name or brand stand out from the rest. Pure Metal Cards can help you develop your existing business card or membership card to become an unforgettable metal card your clients or members will enjoy receiving.
* We do redesign and change our sample cards from time to time so not all card designs shown on our website may be included in your sampler pack. We differentiate ourselves by only providing our own designs, not sending our your card to prospective customers.