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Smart Cards Market By Type (Contact-Based Smart Cards, Contactless Smart Cards, Dual-Interface Smart Cards, Hybrid Smart Cards), By Component (Microcontroller-Based Smart Cards, Memory Card-Based Smart Cards), By Application (Smart Cards Market For Telecommunication, Smart Cards Market For Payment, Smart Cards Market For Security, Smart Cards Market For Healthcare Informatics) - Growth, Share, Opportunities & Competitive Analysis, 2015 - 2022

Smart cards are integrated circuit (IC-based) devices for various electronic applications. These devices are used by connecting to a smart card reader by physical or contactless connection. Smart cards are equipped with IC chips that can hold more information than traditional magnetic strip and bar code cards. This enables better security features making cloning and another misuse of smart cards difficult. Due to better security over traditional cards, the demand for smart cards will continue accelerating in the coming years. 

The rising penetration of smartphones worldwide is the most significant factor driving the smart card market growth. Smart cards enjoy strong adoption in the telecommunication industry due to their use in the subscriber identity modules (SIM) cards for mobile phones. Thus, the rising number of mobile phone subscribers worldwide is expected to retain strong market growth in the coming years. Further, the demand for smart cards is also driven by the proliferating adoption of these cards across various other applications. The banking sector and ID cards are already being issued using smart cards in many countries. This is another major factor fueling the market growth.

The report titled “Global Smart Cards Market- Growth, Share, Opportunities and Competitive Analysis, 2015 – 2022” offers strategic insights into the global smart cards market along with the market size and estimates for 2013 to 2022. The said research study covers an in-depth analysis of multiple market segments based on types, components, applications, and cross-sectional studies across different geographies. The study covers the comparative analysis of different segments for 2014 & 2022. The report also provides a prolific view of market dynamics, such as market drivers, restraints, and opportunities.

To help strategic decision makers, the report also includes competitive profiling of the leading smart card system vendors, their SCOT (Strength, Challenges, Opportunities, and Weaknesses) analysis, market positioning, and key developments. The major players profiled in the report are Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) GmbH, Gemalto NV, Oberthur Technologies, Infineon Technologies AG, NXP Semiconductors NV, Atos SE, INSIDE Secure SA, CardLogix Corporation, American Express Company and others.

Other in-depth analysis provided in the report includes:

  • Current and future market trends to justify the forthcoming attractive markets within the smart cards industry
  • Market fuelers, market impediments, and their impact on the market growth
  • In-depth competitive environment analysis
  • Trailing 2-Year market size data (2013 – 2014)
  • SRC (Segment-Region-Country) Analysis

Overall, the research study provides:

  • A holistic view of the global smart card systems market.
  • Offering market size and estimates for the period from 2015 to 2022.
  • Keeping in mind the factors mentioned above.

The global smart cards market is segmented, based on its types, into the following categories

  • Contact-based Smart Cards
  • Contactless Smart Cards
  • Dual-interface Smart Cards
  • Hybrid Smart Cards

As of 2014, contact-based smart cards accounted for the largest market share, in terms of revenue, of the global smart cards market. Contact-based smart cards are widely used across prime applications such as telecommunication and payment cards. Additionally, contact-based smart cards are commonly used in ID cards and physical access control systems. Since these cards are cheaper as compared to the other types, the dominance of the segment is estimated to persist throughout the forecast period.

The contactless smart cards segment is estimated to register the highest growth in the global smart cards market during the forecast period. These cards offer better security as compared to contact-based cards and are cheaper as compared to dual-interface and hybrid smart cards. This is the prime factor anticipated to fuel the adoption of contactless smart cards in the global market. Prime applications for contactless smart cards are payment cards (banks, transportation, retail, etc.), identity (ID) cards, and healthcare informatics.

Based on application, the smart cards market is segmented into the following categories:

  • Telecommunication (Mobile phones, Entertainment, Network security, etc.)
  • Payment (Banks credit/debit cards, Retail payment, and loyalty cards)
  • Security (ID cards and Physical access)
  • Healthcare Informatics

The global smart card market was led by the telecommunication segment as of 2014. Smart cards are widely used in the subscriber identity modules (SIM) used in mobile phones and similar devices. The rising penetration of smartphones and other subscriber identity module (SIM) based mobile devices worldwide is the prime factor boosting the segment growth. Further, with the increasing number of mobile phone subscribers worldwide, the segment is estimated to retain its dominant position in the market throughout the forecast period.

The telecommunication segment is followed by the payment segment accounting for the second largest revenue share worldwide, as of 2014. The payment segment comprises various applications, including debit/credit cards (issued by banks) and other payment cards (fuel stations, grocery stores, e-commerce, etc.). National banks are increasingly shifting towards issuing smart cards as credit/debit cards. As a result, the segment is estimated to retain its second dominant position in the market in the coming years. The healthcare segment is estimated to register the highest growth in the market in the near future.

The global smart cards market is segmented, based on its components, into the following categories

  • Memory Card-based Smart Cards
  • Microcontroller-based Smart Cards

The global smart cards market dominated the microcontroller-based smart cards segment as of 2014. The microcontroller-based smart cards are capable of storing larger amounts of information as compared to the memory card-based smart cards. Additionally, due to the larger information stored, these cards offer better security features and can carry out the on-card functions.

Microcontroller-based smart cards are popularly used in debit/credit cards, SIM cards, and other subscriber cards. Due to rising advancements in the microcontroller-based smart cards segment (such as dual-interface and hybrid smart cards), the segment is estimated to retain its dominant position throughout the forecast period in the global market.

Memory card-based smart cards are used in applications such as identity wherein data reflection is required. These cards offer lesser security features and storage. As a result, memory card-based smart cards are used across a few applications. The segment is estimated to show sluggish growth during the forecast period.

On the basis of geography, the global smart cards market is segmented into regions and countries.

  • North America
  • The U.S.
  • Rest of North America
  • Europe
  • EU7 (U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands)
  • CIS
  • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Japan
  • China
  • South Asia
  • Australasia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

In 2014, the smart cards market was dominated by the Asia Pacific region contributing to more than forty percent of the total market revenue. The market here is mainly backed by the telecommunication application segment. Due to the rising number of subscribers in countries such as India and China, the demand for smart cards is expected to remain strong in the coming years.

Apart from the telecommunication segment, the demand for smart cards is also driven by the growing adoption of smart cards for payment cards. Due to further anticipated penetration in the healthcare and security application segments, the region is estimated to register the highest growth during the forecast period. Countries such as South Korea, Japan, India, and China are the major contributors to the Asia Pacific smart cards market.

North America is expected to register strong growth in the coming years in the global smart cards market. Smart cards are now increasingly being used in payment applications in the region. This is the prime factor for the rising demand for smart cards in the region. Due to strong penetration across most applications, Europe is estimated to register steady growth in the global market in the coming years.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The market for Smart Cards Market is expected to reach US$ XX Bn in 2022.

The Smart Cards Market market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years, at XX %.

The report is forecasted from 2016-2022.

The base year of this report is 2021.

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) GmbH, Gemalto NV, Oberthur Technologies SA, Infineon Technologies AG, NXP Semiconductors NV, are some of the major players in the global market.

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Published Date:  May 2016
Category:  Technology & Media
Report ID:   57836
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Pages:   120
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