SOURCE: The Smart Card Alliance

September 20, 2005 10:55 ET

Smart Card Alliance Announces Conference Agenda for the U.S./Latin America Fall Annual Conference in Miami

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2005 -- The Smart Card Alliance, the authoritative voice for the rapidly growing smart card industry, today announced the program for its Fall Annual Conference at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, October 11-14, 2005. Now in its 13th year, this year's event has an exciting new addition--the expansion of the program to cover smart card innovations and use in both the United States and Latin America.

Among the conference highlights: an opening address on Identity Management Transcending Markets in Today's Society from Patrick McQuown, graduate professor at Georgetown University. Professor McQuown is an expert on social and economic implications of ubiquitous network devices and a former CEO. Awards will be granted to featured presenters for innovation in their respective industries--financial, eGovernment, healthcare, transportation, enterprise security, mobile telecom and mobile payments. Recipients of the second annual Outstanding Smart Card Achievement (OSCA) awards will be announced by the Alliance recognizing the individual, issuing organization and supplier organization who have had significant influence on the smart card market.

The Smart Card Alliance chose "Smart Cards: The Issuer and User Experience" as the theme for this year's first ever international conference. The four-day event will feature presentations from experts, analysts and end users on how smart cards are being used to deliver benefits in each industry segment and what the future of the smart card industry looks like. Conference sessions will cover smart card market developments in contactless payments, government identity credentials, enterprise security convergence, healthcare management, transit and parking fare systems, and mobile payments, plus discuss other emerging applications in North American and Latin American markets. A full-day workshop on smart card technology and applications is being offered on the fourth day.

"The rapid growth of smart card use in the Americas makes this year's conference extremely relevant," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "We are particularly excited that this conference will feature the first meeting of our new Latin America Chapter, which really adds to the networking value for attendees."

Financial Sector

Financial services is one of the fastest moving sectors throughout the Americas. Contactless payment is emerging in the United States, and migration to EMV cards and other new payment products is underway throughout Canada and Latin America. The first day of the meeting will focus on the role of smart cards in the financial sector featuring panels such as "Financial Issuer Experience," where financial card issuers from the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Canada are expected to discuss the future of smart card-based payments. A panel focused on the experience of retail merchants will look at business drivers and other factors that motivated many retailers to become leaders in their industry by being among the first to accept contactless payments at the point of sale.

Other topics include the technology and infrastructure for contactless payments and the future of Near Field Communications-enabled (NFC) mobile commerce.

Identity Credentials in Government, Enterprise and Healthcare Markets

The experience of smart card issuers in the government, enterprise and healthcare sectors are also at the core of the program. Presentations will bring attendees up to date on U.S. federal government smart card initiatives including e-passports and federal agency FIPS 201-compliant ID programs, as well as Latin American government smart card projects such as Brazil's digital ID initiative and the Mexican Government ID card project.

The conference will include discussion of the role of smart cards in healthcare and enterprise ID programs, with technology experts examining the advances in identification technology, including secure access and authentication, biometrics, and dual-interface chip technology.

Transportation Sector

The U.S. transportation industry is spending $1.2 billion on smart card projects over the next five years. Virtually every major metropolitan area in the United States is working on new transit fare collection systems based on smart cards. Transportation industry panels will cover topics such as the future of automated fare payment in the United States and Latin America and multi-user acceptance of this initiative.

The Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute (EI) will provide a full day of training covering technology and security as well as applications and issuance guidelines. These interactive sessions are taught by industry professionals and are presented in a classroom environment.

The conference is open to all organizations and individuals. Various receptions, industry council meetings and a vendor information exchange highlight the networking opportunities that the conference provides to attendees. The agenda, event pricing and online registration can be found on the Alliance Web site, http://www.smartcardalliance.org.

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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