Card Service Life
Often a subject of discussion with Issuers, is how long a card is likely to last once it’s issued. The ISO/IEC 24789 Card Service Life Standard offers an evaluation regime suited to the card technology & application a card is intended to be used in. Put simply, the Standard aims to answer the question, “is the card fit for purpose?”
Today's cards encounter surface wear caused by a variety of circumstances; how the cards are stored, the environments the cards are used in, what devices the cards are used in and how frequently they are used in those devices. The major schemes MasterCard, VISA, American Express, JCB, Discover, UnionPay (and many more) recognise this as a serious issue as it affects readability of the Personalised Printing, Magnetic stripe and in some cases, the Contact Integrated Circuit (IC).