SOURCE: SourceMedia

May 06, 2008 11:22 ET

Orlando Host to CTST, the Largest Payment and Identity Technology Conference in the Americas

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - New technologies like those that allow you to pay with your mobile phone, or to secure your identity and personal information, will be the focus of CTST 2008 - The Americas Conference held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, May 12th to 15th. CTST 2008 is the largest event on payment, security and identification technologies in the Americas, and will feature 120+ speakers, 40 conference sessions and 20 hours of exhibit hall time.

The agenda features the biggest names in banking, telecommunications, enterprise IT, transit and government. Attendees can look forward to creating their own conference experience from four focused full conference tracks: Payments and Applications; Identification and Policy; Mobile and NFC (Near Field Communications); and Security & Access Control; plus two, one-day mini tracks: Emerging Technology and Innovation Spotlight, and Latin America Spotlight.

New York Times technology columnist David Pogue is bringing his rousing mix of music, wit and technological expertise to a special keynote luncheon on Wednesday, May 14th. Pogue is one of the world's best selling how-to authors with over 3 million books in print. In addition to contributing a print column, online column and online video to the New York Times each week, he is also an Emmy-winning technology correspondent for CBS News, a contributor of weekly comic tech videos for CNBC, and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition."

Other conference highlights include: the Latin American Spotlight, a special addition to the CTST 2008 agenda featuring speaker panels from key smart card implementations in the region including Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and more; the NFC and Mobile track, covering NFC technology and business models, mobile technology, and wireless devices and security; discussions of new secure identification solutions in healthcare, enterprise and government; and examination of the convergence of contactless financial payments, NFC-enabled mobile payments, and transit in major U.S. pilots underway.

CTST (formerly CardTech SecurTech) is produced by SourceMedia and the Smart Card Alliance. Exhibit Hall hours are: Tuesday, May 13th, 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, May 14th, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; and Thursday, May 15th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CTST 2008 sponsors are Oberthur Technologies, CoreStreet, Giesecke & Devrient, Infineon, Inside Contactless, Texas Instruments, Gemalto, First Data and NXP.

For the complete agenda and to register, please visit www.ctst.com. Members of the press may register at no charge by visiting http://www.sourcemediaconferences.com/CTST08/pressreg.html.

About SourceMedia Conferences and the Smart Card Alliance

Each year, SourceMedia Conferences & Events attract over 20,000 attendees worldwide to over 70 events. Its products include but are not limited to conferences, exhibitions, roundtables, exclusive dialogues for CEOs, CFOs and other top executives, Web seminars, road shows, Pod casts and custom events.

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. It has over 170 members worldwide, including participants from financial, government, enterprise, transportation, mobile telecommunications, healthcare, and retail industries.

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