Card Specifications

Card Specifications

The HKUST Card is built around a new generation of smart card technology based on the Java Card and Open Platform standards.

Specifically, the card is a dual interface smartcard (contact & contactless) conforming to ISO 7816 (T=0, T=1) and ISO 14443 (Type A) standards, with the following specifications:


  • 40K EEPROM (36K user-available)
  • Java Card 2.2.1
  • Open Platform 2.1.1
  • Crypto and public key support, including:
    • DES, 3DES, SHA, MD5
    • RSA, key length up to 2048, with on-card key generation


  • PVC with glossy overlaminated surface
  • Varnished finish with metallic effect
  • Scratch resistant topcoats, double layers on top side and single layer on back side


Technical Advantages

The HKUST Card comes with a rich set of security capabilities as well as support for multiple applications that can be deployed and/or modified dynamically, even after card issuance.

Java advantages

  • open standard, cross-platform deployment
  • extensive development environment/toolsets/libraries
  • enables the high impact in internet applications
  • multi application, flexible loading

Standards Open Platform advantages

  • Enhanced security
    • Firewall between multi applications
    • Secure communication channels
    • Key/PIN management services
  • Further Standardization
    • Program development / interface standards
    • Personalization standards
    • Application loading standards

Dual Interface advantages

  • supports both contact and contactless operations
  • compatible with existing contact-type devices
  • provides possibilities on contactless applications, e.g.
    • Door Access Control System
    • Physical Education Attendance Recording System
    • Staff Attendance Recording System