The man who invented the computer chip used on smart cards, Roland Moreno, has died.
According to La Republica, Moreno was 29 when he first patented the idea for a miniature circuit board that could hold secure electronic data.
It was in France where his idea first caught on. They used the card’s security measures as part of the Carte Bleue debit card system. While this was great for the French, it caused all sorts of problems for foreign tourists whose banks still used magnetic strips.