Smart Card Alliance to Host 15th Annual Conference


The 2007 Smart Card Alliance Conference, held Oct. 9-11 in Boston, will cover the latest implementations, information and opportunities in smart card technology.

Themed “Smart Cards: The Future of Digital Transactions,” the 15th annual event will focus on payment, identity applications and the latest smart card implementations in mobile/Near Field Communication (NFC), identity, security, government, healthcare and transportation.

“2007 has been a watershed year for the smart card industry,” says Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “We have seen technology advances and further market adoption of secure identity management systems and secure mobile payment, and lively debates about which authentication platforms are best for different government and commercial programs. This year’s Smart Card Alliance conference will help attendees understand the significance of these events, and provide information to help them make critical decisions around mobile commerce and identity security.”

Leading industry analysts will be available for roundtable discussions on the dynamics of global payments and new retail opportunities being enabled by contactless smart card technologies. Sessions on mobile applications and NFC will explore the trend toward consumers using their mobile devices for an increasing number of applications, including payment at retail points of sale.

Other sessions address identity policy and government IDs and include back-to-back sessions focused on the status of various state and federal identity initiatives, and on the policy and technology issues being debated for programs issuing secure identity credentials to both government employees and citizens.

The event will be extended to Oct. 12 for those who want to participate in the post-conference Educational Institute training course on Smart Card Technology and Applications, presented by senior industry experts. Additional registration is required for the course.

For more information, visit and click on the conference link.

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