Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Case in Point: GSA's Multiple Application Pilot

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Case in Point: GSA's Multiple Application Pilot

Article excerpt

"I just love to talk about this project; it illustrates the very best capabilities of the smart card," says Diane Knox, senior vice-president of chip products for Visa, U.S.A.

The project that has Knox in a thrall is a pilot launched last month with Citibank and the Government Services Administration (GSA) for the 500 technical employees of GSA's Bureau of Federal Technology Service. These "tech-perts" will use the card to gain building access and network security access (with biometric verification). The same card will also feature their photo I.D. and offer payment capabilities. Both magnetic stripe and chip card technology will be in use on the handy "combo card," which will also use a contact and contactless chip. The card will, among other things, let building security easily verity that an employee is authorized to take equipment out of the building, Knox explains. It's exactly the sort of project (and best use of smart cards) that the Visa executive and her group have been preaching to bankers about for months. …

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