PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Dec. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- From the announcements detailing EMV roadmaps and mobile payment pilots to the advancement of open transit payments and Internet security and mobile identity initiatives, 2012 has been a landmark year for the North American and Latin American smart card industry. To communicate these advances in smart card adoption and recognize the contributions of its 200+ members during 2012, the Smart Card Alliance has issued today its second annual "E-Yearbook."
The E-Yearbook, available on the Smart Card Alliance website, captures the essence of a year's worth of leadership in education and support of the smart card industry. It includes more than 70 graphically-designed color pages containing industry briefs, perspectives, insights and company profiles from smart card industry leaders across a broad spectrum of markets and technologies - including year-end reviews by: Smart Card Alliance Executive Director Randy Vanderhoof; Latin America Associate Director Edgar Betts; the six industry council chairs; and Willy Dommen, senior manager, Accenture and chairman of the board of directors.
"We have filled the 2012 E-Yearbook with content on the advances across many markets in the smart card industry, as well as a recap of the productive year for our members who contribute their resources and expertise to the Smart Card Alliance," said Vanderhoof. "The E-Yearbook is a great way for anyone interested in smart card industry activities and accomplishments to catch up or get introduced to the Smart Card Alliance and its programs."
Some of the notable content through the E-Yearbook include:
-- An expanded section on the new EMV Migration Forum, the independent organization created by the Smart Card Alliance to support the coordination of the implementation steps required to successfully migrate from magnetic stripe technology to secure EMV contact and contactless technology in the United States
-- Details on the new Mobile and NFC Council, created to raise awareness and accelerate the adoption of the numerous applications possible with NFC technology
-- The success of September's in-person Transportation Council event in Philadelphia, bringing together transit agencies of all sizes to discuss and collaborate on strategies and best practices for deploying new smart card-based fare collection systems
-- Reprints of many of the best technology and business-related white papers and position documents published by the Smart Card Alliance councils in 2012
-- A complete list of all individuals who have earned the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) designation this year.
More achievements by the Smart Card Alliance recapped in the 2012 E-Yearbook include excerpts from past member profiles, photos and summaries of Smart Card Alliance events and council activities, a summary of web site enhancements and visitor statistics, and a complete member directory including the addresses and company websites of each organization. To view the 2012 Smart Card Alliance E-Yearbook online or download a PDF version of the publication, visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org/pages/publications-2012-e-yearbook. Printed copies will be available at all Alliance conference events and will be mailed to all members along with their membership renewal notices.
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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Source:Smart Card Alliance