Smart Card Alliance Hosts Teleconference on Contactless Payment; First in New SmartTalk Series

Smart Card Alliance Hosts Teleconference on Contactless Payment; First in New SmartTalk Series

Princeton Junction, NJ, March 4, 2003–Executives from the retail and payments industries are invited to join a teleconference on “Trends and Technology Advances In Contactless Payment” hosted by the Smart Card Alliance.

The SmartTalk teleconference will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2003 at 1 PM Eastern Standard Time. Attendees must pre-register for the hour and fifteen minute presentation and discussion by visiting the Web site at or calling the Alliance at 1-800-556-6828.

Consumers and retailers alike are attracted to the dual advantages of fast and convenient payment using contactless technology, generating more interest and numerous implementations and pilot trials here in the United States.

This SmartTalk teleconference will provide a comprehensive look at several existing contactless payment implementations. Other topics will be contactless payment technology options, including all of the primary contactless radio frequency (RF)-based payment technologies in use, as well as technologies that are only in early pilot or concept evaluation phases like infrared, Bluetooth and mobile phones; the different payment transaction models, and the case for using contactless smart cards for payment.

Kicks Off SmartTalk Series

This event is the first in a series of four planned SmartTalk teleconferences for 2003. SmartTalk is designed to promote discussion of leading edge issues critical to industries that can benefit from smart card technology. Both Alliance members and non-members are encouraged to participate.

“In today’s economy, getting away for a conference is difficult, no matter how interesting the topic, so we are making it easy with SmartTalk teleconferences. Now, even the busiest professionals can learn something new without having to leave the office. The Alliance will deliver the information directly to you whether it is a conference room, hotel room or even in a car on your cell phone,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Alliance.

SmartTalk teleconferences are open to both Smart Card Alliance members and non-members. Participation in the SmartTalk teleconferences costs $95.00 per registration for non-members. Alliance members receive a number of complimentary registrations based with their membership level. Everyone who registers in advance will be able to download the SmartTalk presentation and supporting materials to follow along with the guest presenters.

Subsequent Smart Talk Teleconferences scheduled during the coming six months are:

  • June 5, 2003–Smart Cards and Privacy
  • September 4, 2003–“Ask the Experts” Roundtable

A white paper, “Contactless Payment and the Retail Point of Sale: Applications, Technologies and Transaction Models” is available free of charge for both members and non-members at

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to accelerate the acceptance 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. For more information please visit