Green payment solution is easily adapted

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By Ally Winning

The company’s SECORA Pay with Coil-on-Module (CoM) package features a newly developed antenna that has been specifically designed for cards which have been manufactured from recycled ocean-bound plastic or wood. Th module is also the industry’s thinnest payment module that uses a copper wire antenna . This allows cost-efficient card manufacturing for mass deployment.

“Infineon’s Coil on Module technology is one of the most important innovations for contactless and dual interface payment cards,” said Bjoern Scharfen, who heads the product line Payment & Ticketing Solutions at Infineon. Communication between chip module and card antenna is based on a radio frequency (RF) link, no electrical connection is required. “By using CoM, our chip solutions can be easily integrated into contactless cards made of different materials. Manufacturers can flexibly and cost-effectively change their card designs and offer consumers sustainable, long-lasting products.”

CoM technology

Infineon’s SECORA Pay solutions use inductive coupling to connect the chip module with the card antenna. This feature provides a number of advantages.

The payment chip modules are only 0.32 mm thick – up to 50 percent thinner and up to 70 percent lighter than other solutions on the market. This allows the CoM module to be more flexible in card construction. The new antenna design is based on state-of-art copper wire and is easier to embed into inlay sheet materials, including recycled ocean-bound plastic. Additional adhesive elements are not required during the card lamination process. CoM contactless cards can be produced on standard equipment for contact-based cards without investing in specific machinery.

The new SECORA Pay solution is already being used by CPI Card Group Inc. for its new range of eco-friendly plastic cards. “Using the Infineon SECORA Pay solution enabled CPI to bring Second Wave, our payment card that features a core made of recovered ocean-bound plastic to market quickly. The combination of inductive coupling antennas and chips made scaling this sustainable eco-focused payment card an efficient process”, said Guy DiMaggio from CPI.

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