SOURCE: CTST

April 02, 2007 10:00 ET

Building Markets for New Ways to Pay Focus of 2007 CardTech Conference

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 2, 2007 -- Building markets for new ways to pay is the focus of the CardTech Conference and Exhibition, May 15 - 17, 2007 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. The 17th Annual CardTech/SecurTech (CTST) event is North America's largest card technology conference and exhibition covering secure payment transactions and IT and physical access security.

More than 70 expert speakers examine advances and opportunities within the payments industry for contactless smart cards, Near Field Communications (NFC), mobile payment and other secure and convenient transaction technologies. A hot track this year is "Merchant-Driven Alternative Payment Systems," with speakers from Amazon.com, Discover, Visa and more. With retailers long rebelling against transaction costs, alternatives to incumbent payment systems are becoming available for the first time in 50 years. In this track moderated by David Evans, founder, Market Platform Dynamics, presenters will examine key aspects of this new payment industry paradigm shift -- emerging players, technologies, and opportunities -- and debate the viability of these alternatives.

Another highlight is the "CardTech Americas Executive Summit," a moderated question-and-answer forum with card technology industry leaders. The panel will be moderated by Don Davis, editor and associate publisher, Card Technology published by SourceMedia, with panelists Ernie Berger, president, Gemalto North America; Christian Juettner, group vice president, Giesecke & Devrient; Martin Ferenczi, president, Oberthur USA; and Sigi Eichinger, president, Sagem Orga.

"Contactless Payment Strategies and Markets" follows up on the big breakout of contactless payments by major issuers who put programs in place last year. In this track, moderated by Henry Dreifus, CEO, Dreifus Associates, LTD, attendees will learn about customer demand and security, as well as how initiatives are progressing and what the future holds.

Other timely sessions include the "Canadian EMV Status Report and North American EMV Roundtable" with moderator Catherine Johnston, president and CEO, ACT Canada, and panelists Michel Chalifoux, vice president, Bank of Montreal; William Giles, vice president, emerging technology, Chip Centre of Excellence, MasterCard Worldwide; Kirkland Morris, AVP, strategic policy and programs, Interac; and Allen Wright, director, chip initiatives and emerging technologies, Visa Canada Association; and "Visa's Pilot Mobile Payments and Services," led by Pam Zuercher, vice president, product innovation, Visa USA.

Louis Freeh, former FBI director and author of the best selling book, "My FBI: Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror," will present the opening keynote and participate in a book signing on May 15th.

CTST's exhibition hall hours are Tuesday, 3:30 - 7:30pm; Wednesday, 10:00am - 5:30pm, and Thursday 10:00am - 3:00pm. The full agenda and registration information are available at www.ctst.com.

About CTST and SourceMedia, Inc.

CTST attracts more than 2,500 delegates and 200 exhibiting companies making it North America's largest advanced card and biometric conference. SourceMedia provides market information, including news, analysis, and insight to the financial services and related industries such as accounting and technology, through its publications, industry-standard data applications, seminars and conferences. Its flagship publications, including American Banker, National Mortgage News, The Bond Buyer, and Accounting Today, have helped build SourceMedia's reputation as the pre-eminent information source in its respective markets. Consulting services, software, and data provided through its two divisions, National Regulatory Services (NRS) and Accuity, facilitate regulatory compliance, funds registration and data flow among institutions in the investment, insurance, and financial service industries.

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