Surging contactless payments and the new near field communication technology will highlight the card portion of the CardTech SecurTech conference May 2-4 in San Francisco. Contactless smart card infrastructures, prepaid card technologies, point of sale innovations and strategies for merging contactless with cell phones are just some of the sessions that will be featured.
NEW YORK, NY –With contactless payment on a deployment fast track and technologies like Near-Field Communications and biometrics shaping the future of consumer purchasing, actionable information and analysis is more valuable than ever. At CardTech 2006, May 2-4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, executives from top banking, card association, retail, technology and analyst firms will shed light on these and other mega trends in card-based commerce.
CardTech is part of the 16th Annual CardTech/SecurTech (CTST) Conference from SourceMedia, North America’s largest card technology conference covering secure payment transactions and IT and physical access security.
Attendees at CardTech will learn about key topics like contactless platforms and smart card infrastructures, prepaid card technologies, integration of new technologies for point of sale, and technologies and strategies for contactless/telecom convergence during daylong workshops. John Partridge, president and CEO of Inovant, the global IT arm of Visa and the world’s largest processor of financial transactions, will present the opening keynote address from 12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m., on Tues., May 2, following the Card Technology Breakthrough Awards.
The highly interactive three-day conference program will feature over 70 speakers representing the most innovative providers and users of card technologies. Speakers include William Vass, CIO of Sun Microsystems; Richard Parry, senior vice president, risk management, JP Morgan Chase; Carl Stauffeneger, senior vice president, KeyBank; Scott Rau, senior vice president, Chase Card Services; Niki Manby, vice president, market technology and innovation, Visa USA; Cathleen Conforti, vice president and Global PayPass product manager, MasterCard; and Karen Bird, director, retail technology, Dunkin Brands.
Near-Field Communications (NFC), a technology linking electronic devices that can turn a mobile phone into a contactless payment platform, will be covered in a workshop that will include representatives from every major NFC pilot program. In these programs, mobile handsets are handling diverse transactions such as ticketing, transportation payments, vending machine purchases and music downloads directly from a point-of-sale display. Attendees will be brought up to date on the ongoing global convergence of telecom and transaction technologies.
A workshop on emerging payment technologies will help attendees sort through the often confusing clutter of competing messages, pitches and proposals so they can be better prepared to implement and overhaul legacy systems, evaluate emerging solutions and project quantifiable returns from their deployment.
The CardTech program will also feature: “The Role of Card-Based Technologies in the Evolution of Digital Identity Security,” a luncheon keynote on Wednesday, May 3 by Olivier Piou, CEO, Axalto; “Faster, Smaller Transactions,” led by John Suchanec, first vice president, MBNA America Bank; “Payments Industry Stakeholders: Finding Value for Advanced Payments for Consumers,” led by Gail Francolini, vice president, advanced payments, American Express; “GlobalPlatform Smart Card Infrastructure Technology Update,” led by Marc Kekicheff, vice president, Visa International, and vice chair, GlobalPlatform; and “The Future of Secure Electronic Payments,” led by Douglas Bergeron, chairman and CEO, VeriFone.
CTST’s Technology Pavilion, located on the exhibit floor, will present a broad range of innovative products and solutions in a showcase format with product descriptions and key technical information. There will be presentations on three fast-growing sectors: biometric technology, contactless technology and NFC technology. The pavilion will be open during exhibit hours. Daily TechTours will begin with moderated panel presentations by industry experts. Participants and guides then depart for an exhibit floor tour, visiting all of the major vendors in a product sector. TechTours will begin in the Technology Pavilion each day according to the following schedule:
Tues., May 2, 4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m. – Biometric Technology
Wed., May 3, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Contactless Technology
Thurs., May 4, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – NFC Technology
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CTST is America’s largest advanced card and biometrics conference, covering secure transaction technology, contactless cards and IT/physical access security convergence. Over 3,500 delegates and 200 exhibiting companies attended CTST in April 2005.
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