17 September, 2008
The United States, the largest payment card market in the world, will be the featured country during the 23rd edition of CARTES & Identification Nov. 4 through Nov. 6 in Paris. The country has adopted contactless payments as well as secure identity programs such as the 13 million Common Access Cards that have already been issued by the Department of Defense.
The Cartes & IDentification Trade show will open its doors Nov. 4 at Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre in France. As one of the largest events in the world for digital security and smart technologies, the show is expected to bring together most of the international players who will present their innovations to the 20,000 expected visitors. With the U.S. as the guest of honor, key users in contactless payments and secure identification are expected to attend.
A special session will focus on the U.S. market on Nov. 4, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Speakers will include Geoffrey Gerdes, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Gregory Garback, representing the Smart Card Alliance; Wendy Humphrey, First Data Corp., Michael Butler, the General Services Administration; Kathleen Kraninger, Department of Homeland Security; and Iana Bohmer, Northrop Grumman Information Technology.
There will also be some 30 speakers from the U.S. presenting new technologies and market changes during conferences dedicated to banking innovation, biometrics, RFID, mobile payment, personalization and co-branding, convergence, NFC and contactless, sustainable development, card security, citizen ID, POS terminals and much more.
American banks were the first in the world to adopt contactless payments and the U.S. is now the largest payment cards market in the world, capturing more than 56% of transactions totaling $40.7 billion, in 2007.
CARTES & IDentification 2008 has also been granted Trade Fair Certification by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Some U.S. exhibitors will include: ABnote Group, Allsafe Technologies, Atmel, Aware Inc, Cards&Payments, CFC International Inc an ITW Company, CPI Card Group, Cryptography Research Inc, Data Systems Company, Dynamic Card Solutions, eAccess, Functional Materials Inc, Galitt US, GET Group, Go-Trust, HID Global, Hypercom, ICMA, ID Tech, IDCentrix, Innovative Card Technologies, JDSU, Key Innovations Inc, Lasercard Corporation, MasterCard, Meyers, Northern Leasing Systems, Perfect Plastic Printing Corp, Q-Card, Scratch off Systems, Smart Card Alliance, Smartmatic, Solicore Inc, Spartanics, Springcard Inc, Superior Tape & Label, Team Nisca, Telles, Teslin (R) Substrate By PPG, Upek, VeriFone, Versatile Card Technology Inc, Vivotech, Web Technology Inc and Zilog.