Smart Card Alliance Annual Member Meeting Brings Cross-Industry Perspectives Together on Smart Cards and Applications

Princeton Junction, N.J., August 24, 2015 –The Smart Card Alliance encourages its members and their invited guests to attend a comprehensive industry conference on October 4-6 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix. The two-day conference will feature plenary keynote speakers and panels covering key industry trends and activities, concurrent Industry Council-led breakout sessions on topics affecting specific smart card and mobile market segments and cross-industry market trends, and ample networking opportunities.

For the first time, the Smart Card Alliance is welcoming non-members to attend the annual event. Non-members are welcome to register with a referral from a Smart Card Alliance member or by contacting the Smart Card Alliance main office at 800-556-6828 or

Members and their guests can register for the Member Meeting by visiting

"This meeting is a unique opportunity for Smart Card Alliance members and their guests, who work across mobile, payments, transportation, retail, identity, security and health and human services industries, to get together and receive a broad perspective on the state of smart card technology in the Americas. It provides an excellent opportunity to engage with peers in cross-industry discussions on critical technologies and applications affecting the industry," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

Agenda highlights include these market verticals and topics:

● Payment: "EMV: Migration Status and a Look at the Future." A look back on the lessons learned through the build-up to the liability shift, and look forward to what the upgrade in infrastructure and security could mean for the ecosystem.
● Identity: "Strong Multi-Factor Authentication.” A presentation on the state of authentication, the main vulnerabilities that exist, introduce options for strengthening authentication and the challenges faced when increasing authentication requirements to higher levels.
● Mobile Payment: "Mobile Payments Landscape." A discussion of the current status of and trends for deployments and adoption of mobile payments, including all types of approaches (NFC, QR codes, in-app and beacons).
● Mobile Access: "Mobile Devices: Use Cases for Access." An overview of federal and commercial expanded and alternate uses of derived credentials, architectures and implementation for access using mobile devices.
● Payment: "EMV: Opportunities for Convergence in Different Vertical Markets." The evolution of EMV chip technologyin Latin America and its opportunities for convergence for mobile, city cards, social benefits cards, financial inclusion, open payments, government ID and other applications.
● Transit Payment: "EMV for Transit, Parking and Tolling.” The challenges facing the transportation industry to comply with the EMV standard and other mobile solutions.
● Healthcare: A Health and Human Services Council roundtable will incorporate trends, analysis and updates on the impact of data breaches on healthcare IT.

For more topics and details, view the complete agenda at

The Smart Card Alliance will honor individuals and member organizations at a special reception on the evening of October 5. Awards include the Top Council Contributor Awards, the Council Honor Roll and the Center of Excellence awards for member organizations.

For more information on the Smart Card Alliance and Councils, visit

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

Megan Shamas
Montner Tech PR