IBM Launches Smart Chip Services
The offerings should put IBM Global Services ahead of a growth spurt in the use of the chips, which can be embedded on cards, inventory or equipment to gather data and make it available to a number of devices.IBM Global Services today launched a new series of defined services packages to help enterprises exploit the benefits of smart chips. After helping a handful of enterprises in early consulting engagements, including Shell Oil Co., IGS streamlined service delivery for a wide range of services, including consulting on new business models, methodologies, integrating smart chip applications with back end systems, new application development, payment systems and integration, asset monitoring, device management, security services, hosting and outsourcing, according to Amy Lipton, director of market development for IGS in Somers, NY. IGS also announced the opening of two smart chip prototype/demo facilities in Zurich, Switzerland and Washington.
The services are intended to put IGS ahead of an expected growth spurt in the use of smart chips, which can be embedded on cards, inventory or equipment to gather data and make it available to devices that can read and transmit the data. Applications include cashless purchasing, automatic identification or transmission of inventory status or equipment performance. In the Shell Oil eShell application, Smart chips are used to monitor and remotely manage equipment such as gas pumps, car wash systems and HVAC systems, according to Lipton.