WO2008116349A1 - Card with detachable subscriber identity module cards and method of forming same - Google Patents

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WO2008116349A1
WO2008116349A1 PCT/CN2007/001004 CN2007001004W WO2008116349A1 WO 2008116349 A1 WO2008116349 A1 WO 2008116349A1 CN 2007001004 W CN2007001004 W CN 2007001004W WO 2008116349 A1 WO2008116349 A1 WO 2008116349A1
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Kwok Keung Soo
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Intercard Limited
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
    • G06K19/00Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings
    • G06K19/06Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings characterised by the kind of the digital marking, e.g. shape, nature, code
    • G06K19/067Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components
    • G06K19/07Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components with integrated circuit chips
    • G06K19/077Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
    • G06K19/07743External electrical contacts
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
    • G06K19/00Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings
    • G06K19/06Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings characterised by the kind of the digital marking, e.g. shape, nature, code
    • G06K19/067Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components
    • G06K19/07Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components with integrated circuit chips
    • G06K19/072Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components with integrated circuit chips the record carrier comprising a plurality of integrated circuit chips
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
    • G06K19/00Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings
    • G06K19/06Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings characterised by the kind of the digital marking, e.g. shape, nature, code
    • G06K19/067Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components
    • G06K19/07Record carriers with conductive marks, printed circuits or semiconductor circuit elements, e.g. credit or identity cards also with resonating or responding marks without active components with integrated circuit chips
    • G06K19/077Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier
    • G06K19/07737Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier the record carrier consisting of two or more mechanically separable parts
    • G06K19/07739Constructional details, e.g. mounting of circuits in the carrier the record carrier consisting of two or more mechanically separable parts comprising a first part capable of functioning as a record carrier on its own and a second part being only functional as a form factor changing part, e.g. SIM cards type ID 0001, removably attached to a regular smart card form factor

Abstract

There is disclosed a plastics card (1) with dimension conforming with the requirements of International Standard ISO/IEC 7810 and carrying two detachable Plug-In Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards (30). The steps of forming such a card (1) include (a) providing a substrate card (10) with dimension conforming with the requirements of International Standard ISO/IEC 7810, and (b) embedding two SIM's (12, 12a, 12b) into the substrate card (10).

Description

Card with Detachable Subscriber Identity Module Cards and Method of Forming Same

This invention relates to cards with detachable Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards, in particular such SIM cards suitable for use with mobile telecommunication devices, and a method of forming such cards.

SIM cards are removable smart cards, which are available in two standard sizes, the first of which being of a standard credit card (i.e. 85.60mm x 53.98 mm x 0.76 mm), while its more popular version (called a "Plug-In SIM card") being of a dimension of 25 mm x 15 mm x 0.76 mm. SIM cards store securely the key identifying a mobile phone service subscriber. The SIM card allows users to change phones easily by removing the SIM card from a first mobile phone and inserting it into a second mobile phone, thereby eliminating the need for activation of the second mobile phone on the network.

In the context of this invention, the term SIM card also covers Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) card and Removable User Identity Module (USIM) card.

Before such Plug-In SIM cards are installed in a mobile phone, each Plug-In SIM card is detachably carried by a substrate card whose dimension conforms with the relevant international standards, e.g. as given in International Standard ISO/IEC 7810, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.

When the Plug-In SIM cards are required for use, they are detached from the respective substrate card, whereupon the remaining substrate card will be discarded. As the dimensions and physical characteristics of SIM cards are meticulously specified in the relevant international standards, the machines for manufacturing and installing SIM cards is also highly standardized, and there is very little room for change. However, as can be seen from the above, discarding the substrate cards after detachment of the Plug-In SIM cards is a wastage of resources. It is thus an object of the present invention to provide a card with detachable Plug-In SIM cards and a method of forming such a card, in which the aforesaid shortcoming is mitigated, or at least to provide a useful alternative to the public.

According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided a card with dimension conforming with the requirements of International Standard ISO/IEC 7810 and carrying two detachable Plug-In Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards. According to a second aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of forming a card with two detachable Plug-In Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards, including steps (a) of providing a substrate card with dimension conforming with the requirements of International Standard ISO/IEC 7810, and (b) embedding two SIM's into said substrate card.

Embodiments of the present invention will now be described, by way of examples only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: Fig. 1 shows a step whereby SIM's are embedded in a substrate card to form a card according to a first embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 2 shows a step whereby SIM's are embedded in a substrate card to form a card according to a second embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 3 shows the formation of detachment lines on the card shown in Fig. 1; Fig. 4 shows breaking up of the card shown in Fig. 3 into two halves and detachment of a

Plug-In SIM card from one of the halved cards;

Fig. 5 shows two manners in which the SIM's embedded in the substrate card are personalized;

Fig. 6 shows punching and lining up of the punched cards; Fig. 7A shows the exemplary dimension of the card shown in Fig. 1 ; and

Fig. 7B is an enlarged view of the encircled part in Fig. 7 A.

A card according to the present invention is shown in Fig. 1, and generally designated as 1. The card 1 includes a plastics substrate card 10 with dimension conforming with the requirements of International Standard ISO/IEC 7816. One or both sides of the card 10 is printed with graphical data. Two Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM's) 12 are embedded into the card 10. As shown in Fig. 1, the two SIM's 12 are embedded into a same side of the card 10, with their contact surfaces facing outwardly. Alternatively, and as shown in Fig. 2, the two SIM's 12 may be embedded into different sides of the card 10, again with their contact surfaces facing outwardly.

After embedding the SIM's 12 into the card 10 as shown in Fig. 1, two slots 14 which are disjointed with each other are formed around each SIM 12, as shown in Fig. 3. Each SIM 12 is thus joined with the remaining card 10 via two connection portions 16. By way of such an arrangement, each SIM 12 may be detached in the form of a mini SIM card having a dimension of 25 mm x 15 mm x 0.76 mm from the card 10 by breaking the two connection portions 16. A break line 18 is provided across the width of the card 10, in which the break line 18 coincides with the transverse mid-line of the card 10. After personalization of the SIM's 12, in a manner to be discussed below, the card 1 may be broken into two halves Ia, Ib5 as shown in Fig. 4A.

To carry out the personalization procedure, the card 1 embedded with the two SIM's 12 (as shown in Fig. 3) is put into an ordinary encoder to load data into a first of the SIM's 12. The card 1 is then processed by a special encoding machine 20 to read/write the two SIM's 12 simultaneously. In particular, and as shown in Fig. 5, the encoder machine 20 will read the first SIM 12a, look into the database of the encoder machine 20, and then start loading data into the second SIM 12b. A relation will be formed between the two SIM's 12a, 12b, such as #10001 and #10002, or #10001 and #15001. If the two SIM's 12 are on different sides of the card I5 the arrangement will be shown schematically in the dotted line portion of Fig. 5. The encoder machine 20 communicates with a server (not shown) for carrying out the personalization, through Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) or Universal Serial Bus (USB). The server can perform data management, Application Protocol Data Unit (APDU) scripts conversion and communicates with the encoding machine 20.

As mentioned above, after personalization, each of the cards 1 will be broken up, e.g. by a punching machine, into two halves (as shown in Fig. 4), and be stored in magazines 22, as shown in Fig. 6. A closed-circuit television is also used for verifying the sequence of all the punched-out halved cards. When required, and as shown in Fig. 4, a Plug-In SIM card 30 may be formed by being detached from one of the halved cards, by breaking the connecting portions 16.

As shown in Fig. 7A, an exemplary dimension of the card 1 may be 85.6 mm x 54mm x 0.76 mm, and a break line 18 is provided mid-way the length of the card 1. Fig. 7B shows the dimension of the encircled part in Fig. 7 A.

It should be understood that the above only illustrates examples whereby the present invention may be carried out, and that various modifications and/or alterations may be made thereto without departing from the spirit of the invention.

It should also be understood that certain features of the invention, which are, for clarity, described in the context of separate embodiments, may be provided in combination in a single embodiment. Conversely, various features of the invention which are, for brevity, described in the context of a single embodiment, may also be provided separately or in any appropriate sub-combinations.

Claims

CLAIMS:-
1. A card (1) with dimension conforming with the requirements of International Standard ISO/IEC 7810 and carrying two detachable Plug-In Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards (30).
2. A card according to Claim 1 further characterized in that said card (1) is made of a plastics material.
3. A card according to Claim 1 or 2 further characterized in that the contact surfaces of said Plug-In SIM cards (30) are on a same side of said card (1).
4. A card according to Claim 1 or 2 further characterized in that the contact surfaces of said Plug-In SIM cards (30) are on different sides of said card (1).
5. A card according to any of the preceding claims further characterized in including a transverse break line (18).
6. A card according to Claim 5 further characterized in that said break line coincides substantially with the transverse mid-line of said card (1).
7. A method of forming a card (1 ) with two detachable Plug-In Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards (30), including steps (a) of providing a substrate card (10) with dimension conforming with the requirements of International Standard ISO/IEC 7810, and (b) embedding two SIM's (12, 12a, 12b) into said substrate card (10).
8. A method according to Claim 7 further characterized in including a step (c) of embedding said SIM's (12, 12a, 12b) into a same side of said card (10).
9. A method according to Claim 7 further characterized in including a step (d) of embedding said SIM's (12, 12a, 12b) into different sides of said card (10).
10. A method according to any one of Claims 7 to 9 further characterized in including a step (e) of forming two disjointed slots (14) around each said SIM (12, 12a, 12b) to form two connection portions (16) between said card (10) and each said SIM (12, 12a, 12b).
11. A method according to Claim 10 further characterized in including a step (f) of forming a transverse break line (18).
12. A method according to Claim 11 further characterized in that said break line coincides substantially with the transverse mid-line of said card (1).
13. A method according to any one of Claims 7 to 12 further characterized in including a step (g) of personalizing said SIM's (12, 12a, 12b).
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TW96135400A TWI406453B (en) 2007-03-28 2007-09-21 Card with detachable subscriber identity module cards and method of forming same
HK08103118A HK1115989A2 (en) 2007-03-28 2008-03-18 Card with detachable subscriber identity module cards and method of forming same
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