Smart Card Alliance Announces Innovative Conference Agenda Format for its NFC Solutions Summit 2012

Smart Card Alliance Announces Innovative Conference Agenda Format for its NFC Solutions Summit 2012

Princeton Junction, N.J., March 7, 2012–Attendees can expect a different and innovative educational experience each day during the NFC Solutions Summit 2012, the Smart Card Alliance said today, announcing new agenda format details and pre-conference workshop topics. The Summit, held in partnership with the NFC Forum, is May 22–24, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco Airport Hotel in Burlingame, California.

The NFC Solutions Summit 2012 will include comprehensive topics covering the state of the technology, developments in new NFC devices and add-ons, the status of the growing NFC ecosystem, the promise of NFC-enabled payments and other popular applications, NFC implementation guidance, and North American and international experiences with NFC pilots and implementations. These topics will be led by individual keynote presenters, roundtable discussion panels, and multi-speaker track panels.

The conference begins on May 22nd with a full day of keynote plenary sessions from leading analysts, NFC solutions providers, mobile operators, and retail executives. On May 23rd, attendees will be invited to choose sessions separated into NFC Technology and NFC Business Solutions tracks. Day three of the Summit on May 24th will be an innovative open conference format, using a facilitator to enlist attendees to propose self-organizing sessions and presentations in their areas of expertise.

“The agenda of the NFC Solutions Summit 2012 has been developed to offer something for every level of attendee involvement to stimulate a deeper discussion of NFC technology than what has been previously offered anywhere else,” said Randy Vanderhoof, conference chair and Smart Card Alliance executive director. “We see NFC technology suppliers, applications developers, and other stakeholders coming away from this conference with a better understanding of the potential of NFC, and the many business opportunities it offers.”

To provide another option for attendees to further their knowledge of NFC technology and applications, the Smart Card Alliance is adding a pre-conference workshop, “NFC Base Camp: The Fundamentals of NFC Mobile Technology and Business Applications Workshop” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21st. The workshop will begin with establishing a foundation on NFC technology, ecosystem, application management and security, and then explore the different NFC business applications that can be implemented.

“The workshop is especially relevant for business managers in financial institutions, retailers, enterprises and other organizations to build solid understanding of NFC technology and the impact that NFC applications can have on their business,” said Cathy Medich, senior director, strategic programs, Smart Card Alliance. “Attendees will have a chance to delve deeper into the technology and business factors involving NFC, and use that knowledge to fully engage in the conference agenda.”

Early-bird registration discounts for the 2012 NFC Solutions Summit expire on March 9th. For pre-conference workshop and other registration details, visit /nfcsolutions. Sponsors of the Summit are Infineon Technologies, Cubic Corporation, INSIDE Secure, and Gemalto.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit

About the NFC Forum

The NFC Forum was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies. The Forum’s mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum’s 160+ global member companies currently are developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability.

The NFC Forum’s Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of Directors, include leading players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor members are: Barclaycard, Broadcom Corporation, INSIDE Secure, MasterCard Worldwide, Microsoft Corp., NEC, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Inc., NXP Semiconductors, Renesas Electronics Corporation, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.