Dear members and friends of the Alliance,

As we put on the finishing touches to the Summer of 2003 it is time to reflect on what has transpired and look ahead at what is to come. In my role as the Executive Director things seem to happen in blocks of time, approximately 3 months in length, anchored at either end by a significant Alliance event. That holds true now as I look back on the successful July "Smart Cards in Government" Conference and Exposition and look forward to the approaching "Smart Cards in Motion" Conference, October 14 -16. In between, the work of the organization continues on many fronts – although I did manage to enjoy two wonderful weeks of vacation doing what I love best – sitting on the beach with my family enjoying the ocean.

August also marks the end of another fiscal year for the Alliance and many of its members. For all members joining prior to January 1, 2003, this is membership renewal time. Renewal letters have been sent out and are due back on September 1 with next year's dues. This is a good time for all who receive this monthly newsletter to review what they derived from their involvement in the Alliance during the past year. I believe we have accomplished a great deal. We have run three highly rated conferences, the highlight being last fall's Scottsdale event. We have published five white papers (3 based on security and 2 on payments) with two more to be completed by October. We initiated the SmartTalk teleconference series with two highly regarded programs and Alliance members served as guest presenters at nearly a dozen industry conferences promoting the benefits of smart cards to a broad audience. We nearly doubled our news release output and PR budget generating hundreds of placements in leading newspapers, journals, publications, and TV spots.

Although our efforts are great and our accomplishments many, we do not have the resources to continue at this rate unless we maintain our current members and add others. Therefore, I ask for your continued support. Our ongoing new membership initiatives, led by the "Drive for 55" Program that ended in April, netted 30 new Alliance members since January, the biggest increase in our history for a similar duration. We created the Leadership Council level of membership to recognize organizations with the will and the means to stand out as industry leaders. However, for the last two years the tough economy, tightening corporate marketing budgets, consolidation in the industry, and continued slumps affecting some segments of the industry have resulted in a high turnover of members each year. I have tried my best to manage this organization wisely, minimizing expenses and maximizing member services. We closed the New York City office last year and eliminated all staff except myself. We are outsourcing member services, web support, marketing, PR, and taskforce leadership in an attempt to minimize cost. I have not hired any new staff or contractors and I continue to cut every feasible corner on expenses without impacting membership value. We need to continue to grow to remain successful. If you are not currently a member, please consider joining during this renewal period. Visit our web site or send an email to [email protected] for membership details. Our membership year no longer starts and ends on September 1, so if budgetary restraints make it difficult to begin membership now, you can join anytime of the year and receive the benefits of membership for the full 12 months. If you are currently a General Member, I hope you will continue with us for another year or, even better, consider upgrading to Leadership Council and running for a seat on the board (elections take place in early September).

Although you will be receiving additional email shortly regarding the Fall "Smart Cards in Motion" Conference on October 14-16, I want to mention it here as well and encourage everyone within earshot of this newsletter to register for this event. This is always the best conference of the year and this one will be no exception. The Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL will have to go a long way to surpass the service we received last October at Scottsdale's Camelback Inn, but from all I have seen they will do just that. As the conference theme indicates, sessions will focus on contactless technologies as well as alternative form factors and applications requiring mobility, customer convenience, security, and speed. We will address the impact mobile chip technology is having on financial, retail, transit, and wireless markets and explore emerging growth areas such as PayTV. Online registration and event information can be found on the Alliance web site. Immediately preceding the event on Monday, October 13, our Educational Institute (EI) will hold the EI 101 Intro Course and EI 201 Advanced Course. Both the EI courses and Conference programs are open to everyone, with members receiving special complimentary registrations and discounts based upon membership level.

Also topping the news this month is a series of new outside conference announcements and sponsorships. The Smart Card Alliance EI staff is presenting a "Smart Cards and Secure ID Workshop" at next month's CardTech SecurTech ID conference on September 8th at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA. There are still seats available – for information, visit A new agreement between the Alliance and Ben Miller's INSIDE ID Identification Solutions Megashow will place the Alliance, along with ACT Canada, in the role of managing the Card Technology Information Portal at the December 8-10 event at the Washington DC Convention Center. We will assist conference attendees on the exhibit floor by answering card technology-related questions and providing information, handouts, and directions. Details about the INSIDE ID conference can be found at

As always there is so much to tell you and so little space to cover it all. I will stop here and save some of the exciting news for my annual State of the Alliance address at the Fall conference. Until I see you then, be well. Enjoy your last few days of summer.

Randy Vanderhoof
Executive Director
Smart Card Alliance
[email protected]


Each week the latest news, press releases, and articles are made available at your Alliance web site. To include your company's articles, news, and releases in this great industry resource, send electronic submissions to [email protected]. Click on the headline to read the full text of these articles–currently "showing" at the Alliance site.

  First National Bank of South Africa Awards Hypercom Contract for Networking Technology and up to 5,000 Card Payment Terminals
  Schlumberger Selected for China Unicom's First Over The Air Project
  Smart Card Alliance Announces Fall Conference Program Spotlighting Mobility
  Fargo Electronics Launches The CardJet 410 Photo ID System
  Datacard Introduces ID Works Identification Software in Four Additional Languages
  Schlumberger Wins Contract to Provide EMV Smart Cards to National Australia Group Europe
  Fargo Electronics and ImageWare Systems Enter Into Strategic Distribution Agreement
  Visa Announces New Smart Card as Chip Card Prices Continue to Drop; Entry-level GlobalPlatform Card Now Available To Visa Banks For $1.98

Each month, the international smart card associations who are members of the ISCAN network share smart card industry news with the Smart Card Alliance. Below are some of the highlights from recent ISCAN member newsletters.

On June 28, the Third Plenary Meeting of the 10th National People's Long-standing Committee approved "The National Citizen ID Law of PR China", effective January 1, 2004. Since the introduction of National Citizen ID system, the State has created and issued 1.14 billion of Citizen ID, with a total of 960 million ID subscribers nationwide.
................ Source: The Smart Card Society of Southern Africa, August 15, 2003

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration is to issue a smart card carrying biometric data to identify foreigners entering and leaving the country. Associate Commissioner Arthel B. Caronongan, who heads the committee evaluating bids for the I-Card system, says an estimated 85,000 registered foreigners will receive the cards by the end of this year.
................ Source: The Smart Card Society of Southern Africa, August 15, 2003

Three more Australian states are replacing public transport magnetic stripe ticketing systems with smart cards. Perth will announce a successful tender for its public transport ticketing system within weeks, while Hobart and Adelaide are looking at replacements for their aging Crouzet magnetic stripe systems, installed in the mid-1980s and near the end of their lives. Services of 18 public transport operators will be included in the new TransLink ticketing network. Planners are even considering frequent-traveler discounts.
................ Source: The Smart Card Society of Southern Africa, August 15, 2003

The use of "smart" tag technology to keep track of goods (including food) through the supply chain to consumers will soon become a reality if a trial being carried out at Tesco, one of the UK's largest supermarket chain stores, is successful. The test, which is being conducted in partnership with the international cosmetic company Gillette, will use radio frequency identification (RFID) chips incorporated in tiny tags attached to packets of razor blades.
................ Source: The Smart Card Society of Southern Africa, August 8, 2003

The government of Hong Kong in June began issuing new smart card IDs to its citizens. The replacement of paper ID cards for 6.9 million residents of the city, now a part of China, is expected to take four years. The government began issuing smart cards to new arrivals, children eligible for a juvenile ID card on reaching age 11, 18 year olds eligible for an adult ID, individuals applying for replacement cards and those changing data on their ID cards. The smart cards carry a fingerprint biometric and are intended to deter illegal immigration.
................ Source: The Smart Card Society of Southern Africa, Aug 8, 2003

Cale Access AB, supplier of advanced Pay & Display parking devices has appointed Coinamatic Canada Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary Parksmart Inc., as its national Canadian distributor.
................ Source: ACTion News, ACT Canada, July 2003



CardTech SecurTech ID
September 8-10, 2003
Washington DC

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September 17-19, 2003
Sophia Antipolis, French Riviera
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ABA Bank Card Conference
September 21-23, 2003
Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion
Dallas, Texas

Alliance members receive discounts on registration and exhibit space.

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Mobile and Wireless Security Expo
Sept 23-25, 2003
Chicago, IL
Alliance members receive discounts on registration and exhibit space.

Alliance Education Institute's EI 101 and EI 201 courses
October 13, 2003
Sawgrass Marriott Resort
Ponte Vedra, FL

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Smart Card Alliance
"Smart Cards in Motion"

October 14-16, 2003
Sawgrass Marriott Resort
Ponte Vedra, FL

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Inside ID: The Identification Solutions Mega Show
December 8-10, 2003
Washington DC Convention Center
($100 discount for SCA members)

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Smart Cards and Secure ID Tutorial, sponsored by Smart Card Alliance, will be held at CardTech SecurTech ID.
September 8, 2003
Sheraton National Hotel
Arlington, VA
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July 2003 web statistics:
• 1,578,007 hits
• 50,903 hits per day

Number of downloaded files:
• Total downloads (2,143)
• Contactless Payments Paper (
• Privacy White Paper (438)
• Biometrics White Paper (185)
• Infrastructure White Paper (94)
Contactless White Paper (186)

The Terminal and eTransaction Infrastructure Task Force is developing a white paper that discusses the opportunities for transit and retail payment convergence. This white paper is scheduled for completion in October. If you would like to join the task force, please email Cathy Medich, Task Force Chair.

The Secure Personal ID Task Force is working on a new white paper that discusses how smart cards can help health care providers and insurance companies meet HIPAA privacy and security requirements. This white paper is scheduled for completion in September. The Task Force is also currently voting on next projects. If you have suggestions for new Task Force projects or if you are interested in participating in the Task Force, please email Cathy Medich or Bill Holcombe, Task Force Co-Chairs.

REMINDER: 2003-04 Membership renewals are due September 1. Please return your membership renewal forms and checks promptly. If you need assistance, please call 1-800-556-6828. NEW member forms are available on the web site or send a request to [email protected].

The Alliance PR program continues to promote industry messages via both business and trade publications.

• The July 7th issue of Card Technology included a Smart Card Alliance bylined article, "Privacy by Design."

• Smart Card Alliance members were featured in a July 15th segment on Fox 5 Morning News (WTTG-TV, Washington, DC).

• The August issue of Global ID featured a story, "Contactless Shopping," that extracts content from the contactless payment white paper.

• The August 6th issue of ID Newswire published an extract from the new "Using Smart Cards for Secure Physical Access" white paper.

• The Alliance continues to have broad coverage in a wide variety of vertical market and technology publications, including:

  • Automated Buildings
  • Card Technology
  • EE Times
  • Federal Computer Week
  • Global ID
  • Government Computer News
  • ID Newswire
  • NewsBytes News Network
  • Washington Technology





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