The company was formed in 1980 with the name EMMARC.
Our name was taken from the "Electronic Memory and
Research Arithmetical Calculator" which was the first
electronic computer system launched in 1957 to manage
libraries - Miss Emmy they called it.
We are a specialised technical organisation in data
management and digital technology. As leaders within the enterprise computer arena our clients
include some of the largest organisations and international
corporates around the world.
As hi-tech data and storage media moved from the computer room, so
did our expertise and technical know how.
Cards, now a movable and flat storage media, can hold important
information within their chip memory and magnetic media.
Some years ago, following a number of invites and presentations to the smart
card forums, we presented the need for media and data management
within the card industry. This stemmed from some of the the work
British Standards Institute and ISO. where we were opted onto as
British experts for digital media and data storage.
The marriage of the card, it's data and equipment in the open
environment was of great interest to the card forums and the
industry alike. In addition the growing importance of data
data integrity required by card media became a hot
topic. Mission critical data for an individual can now depend on
a card in the back pocket or handbag.
With the technical wars in full flow, issues of the card compatibility
and operability with the possible combination of three storage
media types, multi data formats, multi applications and multi
hardware/software specifications on a single card, it soon became
clear that a total re-think about cards and data management was
We were encouraged to review further the
management of digital data stored within magnetic and smart card
media which is the predominant and more preferred card media
types. An important criteria is the
cards data integrity while operating in
an open environment, because
all could be lost due to its adverse impact.
This was further compounded with the
incorrect assumption, that type II and smart card media and its
data was not critical, in addition card devices had become
known as maintenance
free and some of the new technology had been called contact-less,
which in reality meant that the card was still in direct contact
with the equipment but
less so than older type I media.
Cleaning cards designed for older type card devices had not
been updated for the needs of the modern day card or data
operating environments. Knowledge lost maybe:-
we found a user with a cleaning card made from
recycled cardboard, saturated in IPA and stuffing it into the
card device. In another instance we found a cleaning card that
could brush the surface of the card reader but remove nothing,
another cleaning card that was dry, very abrasive and was
scratching the card device. In addition many other types of cleaning
cards had not been evaluated for use on
modern day electronic card devices.
Following some extensive design and testing process over four years, and
working with some of the the major
equipment and media manufacturers resulted in the design, development and
production of our "KleenKard" and "Universal HCF2001" range of
products. It did not stop there, extensive tests and evaluations
were conducted by technical centres in the UK, France, Japan and the
USA, followed by
performance tests and end user trials in Europe. The Kleenkard is
now the universal cleaning card.