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Definition: Smarty

An earlier device marketed by Fischer International Systems Corporation, Naples, FL (www.fisc.com) that used a standard 3.5" floppy drive to read smart cards. The smart card was inserted into Smarty, which resembled a floppy disk. Circuits within Smarty emulated the magnetic field produced by a rotating floppy disk so that the drive could read the smart card.

A Smart Card or a Floppy?
This innovative device let every PC in the world read a smart card. (Image courtesy of Fischer International Systems Corporation.)