News : Newsletters : Alliance Member Bulletin : January 2020

Executive Director Message

Back to Salt Lake City for 2020 Payments Summit

It was February 2015 when the Payments Summit was last held in Salt Lake City.  For seven years, starting in 2008, the event was held in this same vibrant, growing city nestled in the snow-capped Wasatch mountains.  Salt Lake City had been an obscure location that was put on the map in 2002 when the U.S. hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games there.

The Payments Summit event had outgrown every hotel venue in the city in those early years, until the expansive Grand Hotel was built.  With the increasing popularity of the scenic views, the majestic Mormon Temple, and the Grand Hotel itself, a winter/spring event in Salt Lake City became impossible to schedule.  That led the Smart Card Alliance (our name at that time) to move the conference out of Salt Lake City, and into to the warmer climates of Orlando and Phoenix.

Now we are on the cusp of the 2020 Payments Summit, returning to the spectacular Salt Lake City, at a great venue, the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown at City Creek.

The conference agenda will be filled with interesting speakers and panelists covering everything about current and future payments. The future of payments requires collaboration among the payment networks, financial institutions, merchants, processors, mobile wallet providers, and technologists to achieve a common share of the benefits.  We have filled the 2020 Summit agenda with the brightest minds discussing the most timely and important trends in fintech, online commerce, mobile transactions, transit fare payments and mobility services.

Networking is one of the most valuable benefits any conference can offer.  The Payments Summit, held in conjunction with the U.S. Payments Forum All-Member Meeting, is expected to attract senior leaders and decision-makers from global and domestic payments networks, financial institutions, retail organizations, processors and acquirers, technology providers, and start-ups.  Multiple networking receptions and breaks in the open exhibit area will facilitate business exchanges and the renewing of old acquaintances.  There is also an optional pre-conference skiing event planned for those people who want to begin their week with an opportunity to ski and network at the famous Solitude Mountain Ski Resort, one the seven nearby mountains that offers some of the best skiing experiences in the West.

January is starting off with a great deal of excitement across the payments landscape.  We are watching the emergence of new online fraud tools such at EMV 3DS and Secure Remote Commerce.  Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is changing how cities are viewing transportation payments and mobile data services.  The rapidly growing percentage of retail touch points enabled for contactless and mobile tap-to-pay, and even autonomous check-out, is providing consumers with exciting new check-out experiences.

The Secure Technology Alliance and the U.S. Payments Forum are where these trends are analyzed and explained, and where adoption challenges are resolved.  Let the 2020 Payments Summit be the reason members get more active and non-members join these organizations to start making a difference today.  Thank you for your support of the organization.

EV Charging

Electric Vehicle Charging Payments Innovations Webinar

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have seen immense growth in North America.  There are now 18 EV charging networks offering over 28,900 public charging locations with over 87,000 charging outlets in U.S. and Canada.  With this rapid growth, the industry faces challenges in providing drivers with a consistent and easy-to-use payment experience from one EV charging station to the next. The Secure Technology Alliance Payments Council is hosting a webinar on payment platform innovations for EV charging stations to educate industry stakeholders on new technologies that can address this challenge.

The webinar, “Electric Vehicle Charging Payments Innovations,” will be held on February 5, 2020 at 1pm ET/10am PT. Registration is available at

Speakers for the webinar are: Jordan Kaplan, UL; Oliver Manahan, Infineon Technologies; Nick Pisarev, G+D Mobile Security; Barton Sidles, Hubject; and Randy Vanderhoof, Secure Technology Alliance.

Attendees of this webinar will leave with a better understanding of an open payment platform for electric vehicle charging, and:

  • The EV charging market and use cases in the U.S.
  • The existing EV charging infrastructure and methods of payments for EV charging stations
  • New capabilities provided by the ISO 15118-2 standard and Plug & Charge
  • The benefits of open payment technology for EV charging

Council Highlights

  • Council projects. A summary of all active Council projects is posted on the Secure Technology Alliance members-only site.
  • The Access Control Council is reviewing and documenting comments for the second-round comment period for the NEXGEN TWIC specification. The Council is also working on a white paper on temporary identity credentials for Federal agencies.
  • The Identity Council mDL project team is continuing cross-industry discussion of mDL implementation and key adoption issues such as interoperability, utility, ease of use, and privacy and is working on the mobile driver’s license (mDL) overview white paper and
  • The Payments Council is hosting a webinar, Electric Vehicle Charging Payments Innovations, on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 1PM ET/10am PT. The Council has three other active white paper projects: dynamic security code cards; wearables; and cryptography and the restricted operating environment.  The Council will also be holding an in-person meeting at the Payments Summit on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
  • The Transportation Council is continuing work on a vision document on payments integration for Mobility as a Service (MaaS) initiatives. The Council will be electing new officers and steering committee representatives this year, with nominations open in February and election in March.

If you would like to participate in a Secure Technology Alliance Council, please contact Devon Rohrer, [email protected].  The full list of active Council projects is available on the Alliance members-only site.

New Forum Resources

The U.S. Payments Forum publishes industry resources that will be of interest to Alliance members.

  • The Forum Mobile and Contactless Payments Working Committee published a new resource, Mobile and Contactless Payments Standards Glossary.  The glossary provides the U.S. payments community with an accessible resource that lists and provides a high-level explanation of the various standards and standards bodies that are applicable to mobile or contactless payments.
  • The Forum Testing and Certification Working Committee published a new white paper, Options for Reducing Level 3 EMV Certification Time for Retailer Systems using Electronic Payment Servers.  The white paper discusses solutions to help reduce the implementation time and effort required for the automatic fuel dispenser (AFD) community to meet the October 2020 fraud liability shift deadline. It documents the “Redundancy Reduction Approach (RRA)” – an approach that may reduce the number of formal Level 3 (L3) certifications required, reduce time lags when a solution is being certified, and reduce wait time between submission, review and response.

The full list of active U.S. Payments Forum projects is available on the Alliance members-only site.

2020 Payments Summit Agenda Update

If you’ve not already done so, take a minute to mark your calendar for the 2020 Payments Summit and register today! The summit, scheduled for Feb. 24-27, 2020, at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake City, UT will again be held jointly with U.S. Payments Forum Member Meeting. There will be plenty of sessions and networking to go along with a terrific U.S. Payments Forum agenda.

One of the Thursday, Feb. 27th, agenda tracks is focused on transit. Nationwide, transit agencies big and small are using mobile technology and EMV contactless cards to make mass transit and parking more efficient. The Payments Summit will highlight a segment of the conference on the latest developments in open contactless card acceptance, mobile ticketing, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), and account-based settlement. We expect this to be the industry’s most comprehensive look at how payments convergence is creating a more seamless travel experience for all.

We look forward to seeing you.  The Summit is one of the only events that provides practical, actionable business and technical information that can be used to develop strategies and plans for implementing trending or new payments technologies.

Upcoming Training and Exam Dates

NEW! TSCIP Training

Training begins this month for the Alliance’s new certification program, Transportation Security Certified Identification Professional (TSCIP). The security training course leads to a certification that recognizes professionals who have knowledge and experience in advanced Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card implementation for access security. Upcoming dates:

  • Jan. 30, 2020
  • Feb. 27, 2020
  • April 23, 2020

CSCIP/G Training and Exam

  • March 5-6, 2020

CSCIP/P Training

  • Feb. 24, 2020*

 * CSCIP/P training will be held in Salt Lake City during the Secure Technology Alliance Payments Summit

CSEIP Training and Exam

  • March 24-26, 2020 

CSEIP Recertification Exam

Recertification extends the value of the CSEIP certification by demonstrating that the CSEIP certificant is current with new requirements and refreshes knowledge of the original information. This live, online, instructor-led review course is four hours, from 11 a.m. ET – 3 p.m. ET. The hour-long exam follows, from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Upcoming recertification dates:

  • Feb. 25, 2020
  • April 24, 2020

Training Notes and Resources


  • Applicants must receive a passing (70% correct) grade on all parts of the exam to receive a CSCIP, CSCIP/G or CSCIP/P certification; notification of grades will be sent approximately two weeks after completing the exam
  • Download CSCIP Certification Application – Fillable Word FormPDF
  • Download CSCIP, CSCIP/G and/or CSCIP/P Exam Registration and Documentation Order Form – Fillable Word FormPDF
  • Visit the CSCIP portion of the website for more information



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