Smart card flexibility /Global/Press-and-News/News/2008/creditcard-524x224.jpg With so many smart card options on the market, manufacturers are constantly exploring new card design and composition in order to give customers a broad array of choices that meet both practical needs and design desires. When creating a successful smart card, form and function must go hand in hand to meet the individual needs of a client. Smart cards must also hold up in various environments. Low cost PVC cards are still the most popular, yet other types of smart cards, in different forms and materials, are being introduced and the green push in the cards industry is gaining momentum. The CPI Card Group is one company working on innovative card designs and artwork that double as security features and prevent counterfeiting. At its Denver card research laboratory, HID Global is conducting experiments to determine the durability of their cards, putting them in a variety of stressful situations to see what each can cope with. Read the entire article at ASSA ABLOY Future Lab.