There was a nice little press release from research firm IMS
week headlined, “Smart Card Global Domination Nearing Completion”. The
report is all about the fact that there will be over seven billion smart cards
issued in 2009. The human race won’t reach seven billion people until 2011, so
there will be more smart cards out there than humans.
qualify this to say that the number includes SIM cards for mobile handsets,
which constitute 2.7 billion of the cards. Now I had assumed that they meant
bank cards when I saw that headline, but bank cards only represent a billion of
the total with government, health and other markets propping up the rest.
So, I decided to scramble around and see if I could find a few other
stats, starting with mobile telephones.