Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC. Also, as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada participates in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (ITU-T).
This Standard supersedes CAN/CSA-ISO/IEC 15457-1-04 (adoption of ISO/IEC 15457-1:2001). At the time of publication, ISO/IEC 15457-1:2008 is available from ISO and IEC in English only. CSA will publish the French version when it becomes available from ISO and IEC.
This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
Thin flexible cards (TFC), the subject of ISO/IEC 15457, are used to automate the controls for access to goods or services such as mass transit, highway toll systems, car parks, vouchers, stored value, etc.
For these applications, data can be written and/or read by machines using various recording techniques such as magnetic stripe, optical character recognition (OCR), bar code, contactless, etc.
This part of ISO/IEC 15457 specifies the physical characteristics of thin flexible cards at two points in the card
1. at the point of loading into the card issuing equipment;
2. at the point of issue to the public.
It takes into consideration both human and machine aspects and states the minimum requirements.
The principal card sizes are identified and the characteristics and dimensions are specified.
Guidance concerning the storage and use of cards under various environmental conditions is given.
NOTE ID-1 cards, specified in ISO/IEC 7810, do not come within this scope.