About the Alliance : Industry Councils

Industry Councils

The Secure Technology Alliance has member-driven industry and technology councils that are focused groups within the overall structure of the Alliance. Councils have been created to foster increased industry collaboration within a specified industry or market segment and produce tangible results, speeding smart card adoption and industry growth. Groups collaborate on specific deliverables, including reports, briefings and educational material. Active Councils currently include:

  • Access Control Council: Accelerating the widespread usage of secure technologies in various form factors for physical and logical access control.
  • Health and Human Services Council: Promoting the adoption of secure technologies in healthcare and human services organizations.
  • Identity Council: Raising awareness and providing thought leadership and education on real-world issues of implementing and operating identity and identity authentication and authorization systems.
  • Internet of Things Security Council: Developing and promoting best practices and providing educational resources on implementing secure IoT architectures using “embedded security and privacy.”
  • Mobile Council: Raising awareness and accelerating the adoption of secure payments, loyalty, marketing, promotion/coupons/offers, peer-to-peer, identity, and access control applications using mobile and tethered wearable devices.
  • Payments Council: focusing on securing payments and payment applications in the U.S. through industry dialogue, commentary on standards and specifications, technical guidance and educational programs, for consumers, merchants, issuers, acquirers, processors, payment networks, government regulators, mobile providers, industry suppliers and other industry stakeholders.
  • Transportation Council: Promoting the adoption of interoperable payment systems for transit, tolling, parking and evolving mobility services and technologies.

Council Member Recognition

The Secure Technology Alliance Industry Councils are led by members, with deliverables developed by member volunteers. The Councils have made significant contributions to the smart card industry through publishing education and outreach material for different markets, holding educational events, webinars and workshops on key topics, responding to issues in the media, developing industry comments and positions on key government initiatives, and establishing relationships with other key industry groups.

Each year, the Secure Technology Alliance recognizes the top individual contributors in each of the industry councils and the council “honor roll”– the individuals who were leading contributors and participants in the council projects and activities.