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Dear Members and Friends of the Alliance,

In preparation for the upcoming NFC Solutions Summit Conference on May 15-16, I have been talking with a lot of industry insiders who have very diverse views about the future of NFC. These conversations ranged from declarations that 2013 is going to be the “year of NFC” to projections that NFC is an old technology that has already missed its opportunity with consumers. Can both points of view be correct?

My feeling is yes, they both can be correct. And I say this by disclosing up front that I do not have any super powers that can see through solid walls (or board rooms) or get inside the minds of the leaders of smart phone manufacturers, mobile networks, or consumers. My letter in this month’s issue of Smart Card Talk lays out the situation and how I arrived at my conclusion. I’d love to hear your feedback; please feel free to contact me. I always appreciate a good discussion of our industry. Thank you for your support of the Smart Card Alliance.

Randy Vanderhoof
Executive Director, Smart Card Alliance
Acting Director, EMV Migration Forum

View the April edition of Smart Card Talk.