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Clear Card IR Technology

With Clear Card IR Technology from 3M, you can create fully transparent designs that make your cards and customers stand out. As the first and only entirely transparent card, our proprietary optical film blocks infrared light. This technology allows your cards to be stylishly different, while providing full functionality in ATMs, POS scanners and other LED-related devices.

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Clearly Unique

Clear Format Enables Exciting Card Design Possibilities

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Stand out from the crowd

Our Clear Card IR Filter Technology is engineered to impress and is the first-of-its-kind that effectively blocks infrared light. Its striking design maintains all the functionality of existing transaction and gift card technology, enhanced by a fully transparent design. Grow affinity with a technology that is flexible enough to appeal to all of your customers.

Technical Features

  • First and only completely transparent card
  • Full ATM Functionality
  • Proprietary film blocks infrared light

How it works

The Clear Card IR Filter utilizes 3M's proprietary multi-layer optical film to create an infrared blocking, visibly transmissive solution for transparent financial transaction cards. The optical film allows no more than 8% transmission of the LED light to reach the detector in ATMs or personalization equipment, which allows the card to function properly.

Diagram of how Clear Card IR Technology works in ATM machine


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