Study Examines State Of Smart Card Market In The Americas

Today, at least one smart card has been shipped for every person on the planet, with the globally installed base of smart cards estimated to have surpassed 8 billion in 2009. In the Americas, the number of smart cards is expected to grow to 1.2 billion by 2014.

More research, and new information on the state of the smart card market in the Americas, can be found in a new study, ”Smart Cards & Smart Card ICs – Americas -- 2010,” created by IMS Research in association exclusively with the Smart Card Alliance.

“This report is the first research of its kind to address smart cards specifically for the Americas, and contains the most up-to-date smart card research available for the region,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “That makes it an essential marketing tool for our members, or anyone that is part of the smart card market in the United States, Canada, Mexico or Latin America. Using the more than 90 tables and 50 figures in the report can help companies identify growth areas and opportunities, and make more educated investments in developing smart card-based products and services.”

For the report, IMS Research has drawn on in-depth interviews with major smart card manufacturers, smart card system suppliers, and semiconductor suppliers to the smart card industry. The features of the report include:

  • Estimates of the smart card installed base for 2008 and 2009 with forecasts to 2014.
  • Detailed forecast unit shipment volumes to 2014.
  • Detailed breakdowns by product type, end-user sector and geographic region for smart cards and smart card ICs.
  • Key trends and opportunities in fast developing sectors such as payment and banking, and ID.
  • Key market breakdowns segmented by smart card type, user sector, memory requirement, core bit-width, card type, and geographic region.
  • Market share estimates for leading vendors in terms of total unit shipments, with additional splits by memory and microcontroller card types.
  • Market share estimates for the first half of 2009 for SIM cards, payment and banking, and e-ID.

More information about the report can be found at http://www.imsresearch.com/SmartCards.html.

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