Smart Card Alliance Expands 2012 Payments Summit to Include EMV, Mobile and Transit Payments

PRINCETON JUNCTON, NJ, Oct 18, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — The Smart Card Alliance today announced that its Payments Summit will return for 2012 with an “all payments” agenda, covering every leading transaction platform: EMV card payments, mobile payments, and transit payments. The event will be held February 8th through the 10th, 2012 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration, sponsorship information, and speaking proposal forms are available on the 2012 Payments Summit event page.

“The Alliance conferences drew such high attendance last year, especially our Mobile and Transit Payments Summit and our ‘Roadmap to EMV Payments’ track from our Annual Conference, that we decided to combine all payments themes into a single, large event,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “The result will be an all payments event, where smart card practitioners, suppliers, solutions developers and end users across the financial, mobile, and transit markets can discuss and debate the most pressing issues each of these payments segments are facing individually as well as collectively involving payments.”

The topics and questions that will be covered at the 2012 Payments Summit include:

— EMV in the United States. With Visa’s recently announced plans to
accelerate EMV chip migration and mobile payments acceptance, what are
the next steps for U.S. banks, credit unions, issuers, processors and

— NFC and Mobile Payments. Major Near Field Communication (NFC) programs
are underway with Google and Isis, and millions of NFC-enabled
handsets for consumers will arrive soon. How will the “wallet wars”
evolve? Who will take the spotlight? Will consumers be responsive to
the technology?

— Transit Payments. Transit operators from major cities nationwide are
working to move beyond open bank card fare payments pilots and begin
roll-outs that are expected to include contactless payment cards,
stickers, and NFC-enabled mobile devices. Which cities are going to
get there first? Which technology and payments partners are going to
part of this fare payments evolution? How will mobile payments and EMV
impact the transit industry?

The Smart Card Alliance is accepting speaking proposals for the 2012 Payments Summit now through Friday, October 28th. The presentation and speaker proposal form is located on the Smart Card Alliance website at .

Follow news about the 2012 Payments Summit and more by following the Smart Card Alliance on Twitter @SmartCardOrgUSA, Facebook at Smart Card Alliance, and LinkedIn at Smart.Payments.

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 .

Deb Montner
Montner & Associates

SOURCE: The Smart Card Alliance

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