Eurosmart confirmed that the industry will pass the 5 billion microcontroller based Smart Secure Devices this year. Some 4.5 billion units of Smart Secure Devices were shipped in 2009, and the group anticipate that number to grow by 18% in 2010 to exceed 5.3 billion units.
More than 4 billion SIM cards have been shipped in 2010 and more than 1 billion payment cards are expected in 2011. The proportion of contactless cards is growing, especially dual card combining both contact and contactless.
In addition to the traditional Smart Secure Devices market, new possibilities have started to materialize in 2010. For instance, with the growth in Machine to Machine, embedded mobile connectivity, or near field communication, is delivering benefits to consumers and businesses.
The following are the major growth drivers per segment:
- SIM shipments benefit from growth in China, India, Indonesia and Brazil, with 3G in India being a driver for larger memory size
- Mobile financial services to increase security needs and demand for higher end products
- M2M and embedded mobile connectivity generate great interest
- Worldwide EMV and DDA migration benefit from strong growth in Latin America and Asia
- Strong dual contact and contactless cards growth
Government ID-Health care
- Increasing deployment of eID cards and the European Resident Permit
- European initiatives drive provision of e-Services for citizens’ convenience and administration savings, requiring secure identification
- USA visa waiver program and European Union directive on biometrics e-Passport increase penetration of high-end security technology
Contactless Smart Secure Device
- Growth of dual (contact and contactless) is higher than pure contactless
- 20% of Banking-Retail cards have contactless interface in 2010, 22% in 2011
- Emergence of microcontroller based cards combining transit and a second application