Checarda is a FREE app that reads physical and virtual smartcards - virtual smartcards are cards stored on a smartphone or tablet using an app called Vircarda - available for Android, iOS and PC.

In an increasingly security conscious world, the ability to quickly and easily verify a person’s credentials is essential. Checarda provides smartcard issuing organisations with a reliable, quick and mobile solution for checking cards to regulate access, check membership status, and help in the fight against fraud.

How does Checarda work?



For physical cards

Physical cards are read using the chip embedded in the card.

When read offline, Checarda simply reads the data stored in the card chip and presents it on screen.

Read online, Checarda, checks the authenticity of the card and then connects to Gencarda to see if the card has been cancelled or updated. The smartcard is then updated or cancelled, before displaying the cardholder’s details on screen. When cards are read electronically, a copy of the card is captured by Checarda along with the time and GPS co-ordinates, where available. This provides a complete audit trail of card reads.



For virtual cards

Virtual cards can be installed on iOS and Android mobile devices and can be transferred between them.

Virtual cards are read using encrypted, short-life QR codes, which due to their short-life, are highly secure.

When read, a copy of the card is captured by Checarda along with the time and GPS co-ordinates, where available. This provides a complete audit trail of card reads for the organisation and sends a notification to the cardholder.

When read offline, the card is provisionally validated and the rest of the card check is then cached on the reader and completed once connectivity is available.

Who should use Checarda?

Checarda can be used by any company or organisation that issues smartcards to its employees, contractors or members using our platform, to check cards to ensure they are genuine and valid.

Getting Started

Begin by downloading the Checarda app from the appropriate app store


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