Around this time last year, the Smart Card Alliance was coming off a very successful 2011 Mobile and Transit Payments Summit in Salt Lake City, where industry leaders envisioned what the market might look like in a few years. We looked at videos of Seinfeld TV series character George Costanza’s “fat wallet” and imagined what a mobile wallet would mean for people. At this year’s 2012 Payments Summit, also in Salt Lake City, we debated whether the Google wallet or the Isis wallet schemes have the right stuff, or if the PayPal wallet in the cloud will capture the market’s imagination. Our first “all payments” conference saw a record number of attendees, with thoughtful conversations, lively debates and dynamic workshops that surpassed all expectations. You can read more about the event in February’s newsletter. I know that as I sat down to write a recap, I began to wonder what exciting things would come out of the NFC Solutions Summit in May at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or simply want to talk about all the activity the industry is experiencing. Thank you for your support of the Alliance.
Executive Director, Smart Card Alliance