SOURCE: The Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance

December 20, 2010 09:57 ET

Mobile Payments and Open Bank Card Payments in Transit Headline the Agenda of Smart Card Alliance February Summit

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ--(Marketwire - December 20, 2010) - Mobile payments are poised to take off, with recent announcements about NFC-enabled mobile devices and new payments applications hitting the market in 2011. Mutual interest in advancing these technologies will be the focus as mobile and transit industry stakeholders gather for the Smart Card Alliance 2011 Mobile and Transit Payments Summit, February 15-18, 2011 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

"While seemingly two very different industries, mobile and transit have many commonalities, especially in the area of innovative payment solutions that make consumers' lives more convenient," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "This Summit is the only event that provides a forum for members of both industries to meet, share insights, innovations, obstacles and opportunities in the advancing areas of mobile, NFC and open standard payment technologies."

The 2011 Payments Summit brings together industry stakeholders to discuss current U.S. and international trends in mobile payments and transit payments. Invited speakers and attendees include mobile operators, transit operators, mobile device manufacturers, mobile services providers, chip and card manufacturers, terminal manufacturers, payment brands, issuing banks, payments processors, and systems integrators.

During the two-day conference on February 16th and 17th, sessions on mobile technologies will include: NFC-enabled devices and applications supporting NFC payments; mobile marketing; peer-to-peer payments; alternative mobile payments platforms; and mobile wallets. Topics specific to transit will include: reports from transit operators and integrators on advances in closed-loop payments, open loop bank card payments, mobile ticketing, prepaid cards and international transit standards.

Prior to the conference, on February 15th, the Alliance is offering workshops, including the "Open Bank Card Payments for Transit Workshop." The optional last day of the summit on February 18th will include transit discussion groups followed by an open payments technology demonstration hosted at the Utah Transit Authority headquarters in Salt Lake City. Early registration discounts are available until January 28, 2011. For more information and to register, visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org/pages/activities-next-conference

About the Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. 

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.

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