MORRISTOWN, New Jersey, February 2, 2001 – CarSmart Technologies announced today that it has filed for a patent that allows off-the-shelf software to communicate with printers used to image and encode plastic smart cards. The protocol conversion device adds the missing logical chip encoding functionality to smart card printers that have only a physical connection for interfacing to smart cards. The CardSmart protocol device functions as a “man in the middle”, and enables the printer to both print the card and encode the card’s microprocessor chip in one convenient pass.
According to Bryan Blair co-creator of the new device, “ by applying characteristics specific to a certain types of printers, the device can be modified to work with practically any printer on the market.” The device, once it is properly programmed, is an important element in any solution where an end user will manage the issuance of personalized proprietary smart cards. The ease in which the device operates as an interface between a PC and card printer makes “on-demand” card fulfillment a relatively simple process with only minimal training necessary. Blair adds, ”This new device is a critical component for an in-house card fulfillment center and has proven itself in many installations for various CardSmart clients.”
Reynolds and Reynolds located in Dayton Ohio uses CardSmart protocol conversion devices and supporting technology in their state-of-the-art card creation center. Steven Himes, Director for Automotive CRM Solutions credits the “CardSmart solution for significant cost and control efficiencies in a heavy production environment.”