A small electronic device about the size of a credit card that contains electronic memory, and possibly an embedded integrated circuit (IC). Smart cards containing an IC are sometimes called Integrated Circuit Cards (ICCs).
Smart cards are used for a variety of purposes, including:
Storing a patient’s medical records
Storing digital cash
Generating network IDs (similar to a token)
To use a smart card, either to pull information from it or add data to it, you need a smart card reader, a small device into which you insert the smart card.
- smart client
(smärt klī´&nt) (n.) An Internet-connected device that allows the user’s local applications to interact with server-based applications through the use of Web services. For example, a smart client running a word processing application can interface with a remote database over the Internet in order to collect data from the database to be used in the […]
- smart grid
A type of power grid that uses digital technology to deliver electricity to consumers. Using digital technology helps the grid to operate more efficiently and also helps consumers to save energy and costs while reliability of the grid is increased. Smart grids are considered to be “green technology” and are more environmentally friendly although often […]
- smart dust
Millimeter-scale self-contained microelectromechanical devices that include sensors, computational ability, bi-directional wireless communications technology and a power supply. As tiny as dust particles, smart dust motes can be spread throughout buildings or into the atmosphere to collect and monitor data. Smart dust devices have applications in everything from military to meteorological to medical fields.
- smart terminal
A terminal that has some processing capabilities, but not as many as an intelligent terminal. Smart terminals have built-in logic for performing simple display operations, such as blinking and boldface. In contrast, a dumb terminal has no processing capabilities at all.
Smartphones are a handheld device that integrates mobile phone capabilities with the more common features of a handheld computer or PDA. Smartphones allow users to store information, e-mail, install programs, along with using a mobile phone in one device. For example a Smartphone could be a mobile phone with some PDA functions integrated into the […]