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Smart Cards Help Speed Up The Travel Process.

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Despite sluggish acceptance in the United States, microprocessor-based cards, commonly called smart cards, finally seem to be easing the mundane tasks of the masses. That's good news for business travelers, who will soon rely on smart cards to hasten basic travel processes, such as renting cars and boarding airlines.

Hilton Hotels Corp., for one, is testing the smart card in conjunction with American Express and IBM at its top 10 business travel destinations nationwide. Thousands of Hilton guests and American Express cardholders were selected to participate; evaluations begin in January.

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