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RFID & contactless shields

Through extensive research and development in conjunction with VoyagerBlue, we have launched patented contactless shielding technology to prevent 'accidental payments', 'card clash' and 'digital pickpocketing'.

RFID Contactless Shields

Rise of the contactless card

Industry figures from The UK Cards Association show that contactless card payments have risen from £287 million per month in January 2015 to £567 million in June 2015. In total, £2.5 billion was spent on contactless cards and devices in the first half of 2015, compared to £2.32 billion for the whole of 2014.

What are the risks?

Whilst contactless cards have clear advantages, including faster payment for consumers and reduced charges for retailers, like all payment cards they do come with some inherent risks.

Card clash – This can occur where multiple contactless cards are simultaneously presented to an RFID reader, forcing the reader to choose which to take payment from.  For example, on the London Underground, where both contactless cards and Oyster cards can be used at ticket barriers, some travellers keeping both types of card in the same wallet may face barriers that won’t open because the reader is unable to choose which card to payment from, while others have been charged twice for the same journey.

Accidental payments – While RFID readers are designed to only read cards within 4cm, in reality cards have been shown to read from up to 90cm, which can lead to payments being taken from contactless cards while consumers try to retrieve a different method of payment from their wallet or purse.

Digital pickpocketing – In the past few years, there have been a number of studies which have highlighted the ease with which personal information can be skimmed, or ‘digitally pickpocketed’, from RFID enabled cards and biometric, or ePassports, often with just an NFC enabled mobile phone and a readily downloadable app, which has been shown to be possible from up to 90cm away.

The solution 

In response to these issues, we, along with technical solutions provider, VoyagerBlue, have developed contactless shielding technology following extensive research and development.

Blocking the signals RFID readers use to access the data on contactless cards, the technology can be incorporated into any type of plastic card, such as loyalty cards.  This means it can be simply slipped into the wallet or purse next to the contactless cards to be protected.

This patented technology is also available in an ePassport Shield format to provide protection to biometric passports – this works in a similar way, by simply inserting the Passport Shield into the ePassport.

What makes our cards great

High level of finish

High level of finish

High quaility print including special UV inks where required.

Precision thickness

Precision thickness

Available in 300, 480, 500, 760, 810 and 920 micron versions.

Designed for you

Designed for you

Featuring your artwork to reflect your brand. Our in-house design team can help if needed.

UK manufacture

UK manufacture

Manufactured at our plant in the North-West to rigid ISO standards.

Quality plastic

Quality plastic

Made using the best quality plastic to prevent breakage.

Ecological

Ecological

Available in either standard or Eco degradable PVC.

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Free sample pack

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Proven track record of happy clients

Ricky Moxon
Showcase Cinemas

“Plastic Card Services® have been producing our cards for nine years and we have always found them to be very professional and easy to work with.”

Birgit Schwarz Poulsen
Coop Denmark

“Plastic Card Services® manufacture and export all our loyalty cards to Denmark and never let us down”

Kevin Dean
npower

“Plastic Card Services® have been reliably managing the daily personalisation and mailing fulfilment of our payment card scheme for the past 6 years.”

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Card Personalisation

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We appreciate that card scheme requirements vary enormously which is why we offer an extensive choice of card personalisation options including embossing, encoding, barcoding, 2D codes, thermal printing, “Drop on Demand” printing, inkjet printing and thermal re-transfer.

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Mailing and Fulfilment

Mailing and Fulfilment

We offer a holistic service for your card scheme - match mounting, inserting into liveried envelopes and mailing completed packs directly to customers.

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Artwork

Whether you require original artwork creation, or for us to deal directly with your appointed agency, our highly experienced team is on hand for even the most complicated of jobs.

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Data Processing

Data Processing

Our data processing service is extensive, from formatting, collating and cleansing, to creating barcodes and magnetic stripes, as well as secure file transfer facilities.

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