Memberships Approve Creation of the Smart Card Alliance

Memberships Approve Creation of the Smart Card Alliance

Smart Card Alliance has combined memberships and resources of the Smart Card Industry Association and the Smart Card Forum

New York, NY, January 22, 2001–The Smart Card Industry Association (SCIA) and the Smart Card Forum (SCF) announced today that their members have unanimously agreed to combine the two organizations to form the Smart Card Alliance (the Alliance). The Alliance will be the largest smart card oriented, non-profit entity in the world with over 225 member organizations, and will serve as a single voice for the smart card industry in the United States.

The Smart Card Industry Association (SCIA) and the Smart Card Forum (SCF) held special meetings on January 10th in Miami, Fl. and counted votes cast for the proposed combination. The combination was unanimously approved by the members of both organizations. After Wednesdays meeting, the Memorandum of Agreement was signed officially at a special ceremony.

The combined resources and leadership of the Alliance will allow it to undertake projects, and have influence beyond, the scope of either organization individually. The Alliance’s 2001 program will include:

  • the rollout of the multi-faceted Smart Card Network Security Initiative,
  • the launch of a US Smart Card Market Survey,
  • introduction of the most comprehensive reference web site in the industry,
  • continuation of the 6-year old Educational Institute, and
  • meetings focused on specific topics.

The leadership for the Smart Card Alliance will consist of a Board of Directors, the former Smart Card Industry Association (SCIA) Board and the former Smart Card Forum Board. The staff for the Alliance will be the former staff of the Forum, led by Donna Farmer, President & CEO.

The first meeting of the Alliance will take place at the Sheraton City Centre in Salt Lake City from February 26-March 1, 2001. The entire industry as well as anyone interested is invited to celebrate this first Alliance meeting. To register, please call Jeremy Hawkinson at (212) 837-7713 or visit the Alliance website at

“With the Alliance, we have established a new organization that will be the focal point for the smart card industry at large,” said Allen Gilstrap of American Express Global Network Services and Chairman of the Smart Card Alliance, “With the combined resources of SCIA and the Forum, the Alliance will provide a wide range of services, and undertake new projects for our more than 225 members.”

“Supported by experienced industry leaders, the Alliance will play a huge role in promoting the use, benefits and understanding of smart cards to the primary industry domains,” said Paul Beverly of Schlumberger, Vice Chair of the Smart Card Alliance. “The Alliance’s Security Initiative, for example, is the centerpiece of the activities within the Alliance that will grow the smart card market in the US.”

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a non-profit, multi-industry organization of more than 225 members working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple application smart card technology by bringing together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors. The Smart Card Alliance is the leading organization for education and awareness of topical issues associated with the use and adoption of smart card systems. For more information about The Smart Card Alliance, log on to the organization’s Web site at