Demand for the increased protection of personal data has caused a significant rise in the profile of smart cards, and this will continue to be a major growth area with secure mobile communication and e-commerce applications . An understanding of the structure and manufacturing of smart cards is key to the continued development of intelligent systems. First published in German, Haghiri and Tarantino have produced the standard reference on the structure of smart cards and the technologies for embedding chips into smart cards. Detailed coverage of the practicalities and mechanics of smart card manufacture will appeal to a range of software developers, practitioners and students from within the electronics, security, and communications arenas.

* Details the structure and manufacturing processes of smart cards, an area largely omitted from other recent publications.
* Coverage of the full range of techniques applied to the development and production of smart cards.
* Presents an overview of the development of smartcards and the range of their evolving applications.