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Membership & Leisure

Universal Smart Cards is seeing a sharp rise in the adoption of smart card technology for the Membership and Leisure Industry.

Even in today’s digital world, a plastic card, fob, or wearable is still the best way to provide its members with a product that re-enforces its brand. The trick is now to engage the member with as many value-added services to drive further engagement and value. This is particularly important when it comes to renewal time.

Smart card technology provides a perfect platform for this as its versatile and flexible memory facilitates multiple applications, but it is also convenient, secure, and easy to use.

Paper tickets and coupons are therefore being replaced with smart card technology for multiple uses in areas like sports venues, gym memberships, clubs, and associations. One standard becoming increasingly popular is Near-Field Communication (NFC) using smart cards. This allows smartphones to read and validate NFC-enabled cards and wearables. For example, an encoded member card using NFC technology can be authenticated to a cloud server using a standard smartphone in the field. The opportunities are endless!

If you are looking to develop a system or want to learn more about how technology can work for you, please give us a call. Our team have a wealth of experience in the types of cards, fobs, and wearables and will help guide you on the latest chip technology that is affordable and current to future-proof your scheme.

Universal Smart Cards can also help with card production and design by offering a range of print techniques that allows you to create a bespoke design with a high bank card quality finish. Each of our customers has their own dedicated account manager taking you through the process from concept to a finished card or wearable.

Our technical centre, based in Portsmouth, can also help with in-house card personalisation, key management, and fulfilment. As an ISO 9001 accredited company and very experienced in what we do, you will get the best quality and most importantly, long lasting cards or wearables.


If you are looking to replace or introduce a membership card or wearable, please call us if any of the following is of interest:

Improving branding and design. Please ask for our samples pack showing how we convert poor visual artwork or designs into something that leaps out at your customers.

Explore environmentally friendly or anti-microbial card options. We supply recycled PVC, PPH and wooden cards to help clients with their environmental goals and cards that stop the growth and replication of bacteria.

Want to explore Smart Card Technology, types of chips and alternatives to standard ISO cards? We can help with a range of wearables that can help bring more life to your brand. Our technicians can also support with integration and mapping of card data.

How to print your own cards if you need to manage this in-house and to personalise cards in situ. We supply the latest card design software, card printers, ribbons, cleaning kits, badge holders and lanyards to give you this flexibility. A tried and tested technique is to pre-print cards with a bank quality finish at the time of manufacture and personalise the photos and names afterwards to enhance the finish.

Explore whether we can help you save costs on an existing deployment. Please contact us and talk us through your requirements in more detail so we can cost this up for you. We are able to provide sample cards if needed.

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