Global Market Study on Smart Cards: Established Players Are Focusing on Smart Card Products For Telecom Application In Emerging Economies to Gain Better Market Access over Forecast Period 2016 - 2024


  • Published On : Jun-2016 |
  • Pages : 220 Pages |
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Report description

‘Smart Card’ are cards with embedded integrated circuit, used to accumulate and retrieve information. These embedded circuits can either be memory chip- or microcontroller-based. Microcontroller-based smart cards are preferred over memory-based owing to ability to store large amounts of data and efficient functionality of secure encryption and mutual authentication. Microcontroller cards interact with smart card readers for transaction of data. Contact smart cards require physical interaction with the reader; however, contactless smart cards have embedded antenna to enable communication with the reader, without physical contact. Dual smart card are a combination of contact and contactless smart cards; whereas hybrid smart cards are cards with multifunctional applications. Extensive functionality, secure and encrypted storage, and robust adoption of smart cards across application such as government, payment, telecom, transportation, entertainment, energy & utility, and telecom applications are boosting sales of smart card across the globe.

To understand and assess the opportunities in this market, the report is categorically split into four segments namely market analysis, by product type, component, end use and access type. The report analyzes the market performance of smart card market in terms of market value (US$ Mn) and volume (Mn Units).

The smart card market also covers the smart card market value chain along with a comparative analysis of smart card technologies such as near field communication (NFC) & machine-to-machine (M2M) and comparative analysis of smart card components memory-based and microcontroller-based smart cards. The section also includes PMR’s analysis of the key trends, drivers, and restraints from the supply and demand perspective.

The next section of the report analyzes the smart card market on the basis of product type, component, end use, and access type, and represents the market size in terms of value and volume over the forecast period (2016 - 2024).

The global smart card market is segmented as follows:

  • By Type
  • By Component
  • By End Use
  • By Access Type

On the basis of type, the market is segmented into:

  • Contact Card
  • Contactless Card
  • Dual Card
  • Hybrid Card

The contact card segment accounted for highest revenue share of 64.0% in the overall smart card market in 2015 in terms of revenue, followed by the contactless card segment with 19.4%.

The next segment encompasses the analysis of the global smart card market on the basis of component and presents the market size in terms of value and volume for the forecast period.

On the basis of the component, the market is segmented into:

  • Micro- Controller Card
  • Memory Card

The micro- controller card segment is expected to expand at the highest CAGR of 8.8% in terms of value during the forecast period. In terms of revenue contribution share, the micro- controller card segment accounted for 71.3% of the overall market in 2015 and is expected to sustain its domination during the forecast years.

The end use segment analyzes the market on the basis of smart card end use applications and presents market size in terms of value and volume for the forecast period.

On the basis of the end use, the market is segmented into:

  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Telecommunication
  • Financial Services, Retail and Loyalty
  • Entertainment
  • Energy and Utility

The telecommunication segment is expected to expand at the highest CAGR of 9.7% in terms of value during the forecast period. The telecommunication revenue contribution was 48.7% of the total global smart card revenue in 2015 and the segment is expected to sustain its dominance over the forecast years. Revenue from financial service, retail and loyalty segment is expected to expand at a CAGR 7.2% over the forecast years. The segment is expected to contribute 18.5% in terms of revenue by 2024 end to the global smart card market.

The section that follows analyzes the market on the basis of region and presents market size in terms of value and volume for the forecast period.

Regions covered in the report are as follows:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa

The report also includes market share of leading players in Europe, the U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the U.S. on the basis of card type and end use application. The key players profiled in the report include NXP Semiconductors N.V., Infineon Technologies AG, Gemalto N.V., Insidesecure SA, CPI Card Group Inc., Morpho SA, Oberthur Technologies, Giesecke, and Devrient GmbH Watchdata Technologies among others.

According to this report analysis, increasing demand for smart cards in telecommunication, government, and transportation sectors, and for payment applications are key factors fueling growth of the global smart card market. The global smart card market value is anticipated to increase from US$ 7,894.2 Mn in 2015 to US$ 15,050.2 Mn by 2024, expanding at a CAGR of 8.4% during the forecast period (2016–2024). Increasing number of online transactions is raising associated risks of security breach, identity and data theft etc. Smart cards such as EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) offer enhanced security and help in limiting security risk associated with online payments. Growth of the global smart card market is majorly driven by increasing adoption of cellular subscriber identity module (SIMs) in the telecom industry. Growth of the global smart card market is also expected to be driven by increased penetration of mobile phones in emerging economies in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

One of the major restraints for growth of the smart card market is high cost for migration to smart cards. Reluctance in adoption of capital-intensive Point of Sale (PoS) terminals is impacting adoption of smart cards, especially for payment and financial applications. Restraints for growth of the global smart card market include the presence and development of alternate payment technologies such as contactless and near field communication (NFC) based devices.

In 2015, among the different card type segments, contact-based card segment is expected to contribute highest in terms of revenue. The segment was valued at US$ 5,049.7 Mn and is estimated to reach a market value of US$ 8,124.4 Mn by the end of 2024. The micro-controller card segment was valued at US$ 5,626.1 Mn in 2015 and expected to expand at CAGR 8.8% to reach value of US$11,108.0 Mn by 2024 end. In 2015, the telecommunication segment accounted for 48.7% value share of the overall smart card market in 2015, which is expected to increase to 53.5% by the end of 2024.

In terms of volume, the Asia Pacific smart card market dominated the overall market in 2015, and is expected to sustain its dominance over the forecast period. The smart card market in Asia Pacific is estimated to contribute 49.3% in terms of volume (Mn units) by 2024 end. In 2015, among the different access type, sales of logical access card is expected to reach 10,223 Units by 2024 end exhibiting CAGR of 9.5%.

Key players in the smart card market include NXP Semiconductors N.V., Infineon Technologies AG, Gemalto N.V., Insidesecure SA, CPI Card Group Inc., Morpho SA, Oberthur Technologies, Giesecke, and Devrient GmbH Watchdata Technologies among other players.

Key players in the smart card market include 

  • NXP Semiconductors N.V., 
  • Infineon Technologies AG,
  • Gemalto N.V., 
  • Insidesecure SA, 
  • CPI Card Group Inc., 
  • Morpho SA, 
  • Oberthur Technologies, 
  • Giesecke, and Devrient GmbH
  • Watchdata Technologies
  • other
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