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Smart Cards: The Developer's Toolkit by Scott B. Guthery, Timothy M. Jurgensen

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Chapter 7. Smart Card Infrastructure

Previous chapters have dealt primarily with the various aspects of smart cards that govern their construction, their communications, and the functions that they perform. As anyone well versed with personal computer (PC) architectures knows, this is obviously only part of the story. The manner in which smart card readers are integrated into PC systems and the manner in which, through them, PC applications communicate with smart cards in order to accomplish some higher level application, has been a fertile ground for standardization efforts as well.

The problem is one of providing data interchange between two applications running on two different computer systems, which are physically connected by a communication ...

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