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Dual interface chip card

A dual-interface chip card has both contact and contactless interfaces. The "contactless" part means it has RFID chip that enables it to make payments through the RFID short-range radio communication. The "contact" part means it can be used with physical readers, either via a traditional magnetic stripe or with an EMV chip that lets it be dipped into an EMV reader.