850 million inductive coupling platforms worldwide take advantage of SPS versatile yet affordable technology

Smart Packaging Solutions (SPS), a world leader in contactless and dual interface card manufacturing

technologies, is proud to announce that by the end of 2019, it will have delivered over 850 million

eBoost® inductive coupling platforms demonstrating that its technology is both easy to introduce and

versatile for card manufacturers, allowing them to manufacture all types of cards with a single


ROUSSET, FRANCE, September 23, 2019 – The payment card industry is experiencing at the same time

a strong growth in terms of volumes and an increasing diversity in card characteristics. SPS eBoost®

inductive coupling technology is perfectly suited to support card manufacturers in offering a high

diversity of products to the card issuers while keeping their production costs under control, which leads

the industry to have used over 850 million SPS eBoost® inductive coupling platforms by the end of 2019.

Inductive coupling technology, which consists in using electromagnetic coupling between the antenna

and the module (no physical connection between the chip and the antenna), is easy to integrate for all

smart card manufacturers. They can keep on using the same equipment for contactless or dual interface

cards as the one they have been using for contact cards, thus reducing their capital expenditures. With

SPS eBoost® inductive coupling technology, card manufacturers are able to produce all types of cards:

contactless cards, dual interface cards, hybrid cards and contact cards, using the same equipment and

the same process. This fact brings them not only huge savings in terms of production costs, but also a

simplification of their logistics, while allowing them to provide their customers with an extensively

diverse offer.

Besides technology, the banking card sector is becoming increasingly diverse and complex at the same

time as financial institutions are always asking for more differentiation and a finer segmentation of their

markets. Differentiation is needed even for entry level cards, with colored edge cards or non-ISO card

formats that are easily produced with inductive coupling technology. Mid-range cards, as defined by the

issuers, are using a variety of features such as metallic or non-metallic foil for specific artwork designs,

transparent cards, colored edges, custom antenna (CAI®, Customized Antenna Image) or custom

modules (CMI®, Customized Module Image), all of which are easily manufactured with inductive

coupling and ensure card vendors will consolidate their margin levels. High end cards, defined by low

volumes and high margins for card vendors, typically heavy cards or metal cards for financial institutions

wanting to provide status symbols to their high end cardholders, are perfectly compatible with inductive

coupling technology.

Evidence is brought by the wide adoption of the inductive coupling technology across the smart card

industry: the three leading card manufacturing industrialists all include inductive coupling technology in

their offer while over a hundred smaller card manufacturers are also proposing the technology to their

customers, the card issuers. This wide adoption of the technology combined with its qualities in terms

of cost and versatility leads SPS to announce it will have delivered over 850 million inductive coupling

platforms by the end of 2019, thus demonstrating the fact that the technology is mature and delivered

in high volumes.

Stéphane Livet, VP Sales Asia at SPS declares: “As payment card markets are at the same time

increasingly diverse and increasingly competitive, card manufacturers, especially in the Asia Pacific

region, realize that the only technology that brings them a total versatility while being easy to integrate

and cost-effective is SPS eBoost® inductive coupling.”

SPS will be exhibiting on booth SE38 at Smart Cards Expo, taking place on

September 25-27, 2019 at the India Expo Center, Greater Noida, Delhi, India.

This will be the opportunity for visitors to obtain answers to all the questions

they may have about SPS eBoost® inductive coupling, its ease of integration

and versatility.

About SPS

With the SPS brand, IN Groupe opens its secure components technology to all card and document

manufacturers. SPS (Smart Packaging Solutions) is specialized in the design, manufacturing and sale of

contactless solutions dedicated to ID cards, e-passport and dual interface banking cards. Headquartered

in Rousset, France, with a subsidiary in Singapore, SPS employs 190 people. The company specializes in

contactless and dual-interface products, with a recognized micro packaging expertise. SPS has filed over

120 patents supporting its exclusive technologies. More information at http://www.s-p-s.com


Jean Baptiste Leos, Marketing Director for banking products, SPS, contactsps@s-p-s.com

Phone: +33 4 42 53 84 83

SPS is part of the IN Groupe.

A partner of the French government for close to 500 years, IN Groupe offers identity solutions and secure

digital services, at the leading edge of technology and integrating electronics and biometrics.

From components to services and from documents to interoperable systems, IN Groupe is a global

specialist in identity and secure digital services. The institution plays a daily role in facilitating everyone's

life: helping states exercise their sovereignty, citizens protect their identity and businesses preserve their


Whatever the issue, IN Groupe, a company for digital sovereignty, contributes to asserting a fundamental

right for everyone: the right to be you.

Based in Paris, the IN Groupe has two production centers and employs more than 1000 employees, of

which over a third is dedicated to technology development.

Contact: IN Groupe

Romain Galesne-Fontaine | +33 1 40 58 30 00 | media@ingroupe.com