Press release from: 16 September 2015

SMARTRAC’s Dual Interface Inlays First to Pass MasterCard’s New Quality Test Procedures

Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 16 September 2015 – SMARTRAC’s dual interface inlays for payment cards are the first products to successfully pass MasterCard’s newly implemented Card Quality Management (CQM) audit for dual interface inlays.


The respective SMARTRAC production sites in Thailand and Malaysia have passed the required CQM test procedures and are entitled to carry the corresponding CQM Label. These company’s own sites are authorized to manufacture SMARTRAC’s dual interface inlays. The comprehensive audit covered physical, dimensional as well as electrical aspects of the inlays.


Although ICs, modules and pure contactless pre-laminates have been tested and audited for years, MasterCard only recently introduced an audit for dual interface inlays. The CQM scheme guarantees consistent and traceable quality to the issuer, and expands MasterCard’s overall approval process that defines strict requirements for manufacturing sites and processes. Worldwide, only a limited number of inlay production sites meet these requirements.


Dual interface inlays are part of SMARTRAC’s portfolio for payment applications, which also includes pure contactless pre-laminates such as PRELAM® and SHIELDLAM®. Besides conventional dual interface inlays the new CQM Label also covers SMARTRAC’s wire booster antenna inlays for its COIL ON MODULE technology.


“We are very proud to be the first company to offer products that have passed MasterCard’s newly implemented Card Quality Management audit for dual interface inlays. The CQM certification sends a very positive signal to the credit card industry, as well as card manufacturers. On top of that, it is a welcome affirmation of our quest for RFID quality and security,” says Thomas Decker, Vice President, Business Division Secure ID & Transactions at SMARTRAC.


SMARTRAC is the world’s leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of RFID products and services, providing both ready-made and customized products and services suitable for a large number of applications. SMARTRAC makes products smart, and enables businesses to identify, authenticate, track and complement product offerings. The company’s portfolio is used in a wide array of applications: access control, animal identification, automated fare collection, automotive, border control, contactless payment, electronic product identification, industry, libraries and media management, laundry, logistics, retail, public transport, and many more. Leveraging its global R&D, production and sales network, SMARTRAC’s solutions combine physical products with digitally based services to empower the ecosystem of connected things. SMARTRAC has its registered headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter:

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