Smart Card Alliance Recognizes Top Industry Council Contributors for Advancing Knowledge and Acceptance of Smart Card Technology

Smart Card Alliance Recognizes Top Industry Council Contributors for Advancing Knowledge and Acceptance of Smart Card Technology

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., JULY 16, 2012–Since forming eight years ago, Smart Card Alliance Industry Councils have become leading resources for information and education on the acceptance, use, and applications of smart card technology for identity, payment, transit, access control, and mobile applications. To honor the members that have devoted themselves to Council projects, the Smart Card Alliance has announced the top Council contributors and Honor Roll for 2012.

“Our Councils are successful due to our outstanding members and their contributions. These individuals all have demanding jobs, yet provide input, time and energy into our Councils on a daily basis,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “We thank our top contributors, as well as all of our Council members, for their dedication and for their enthusiastic participation in projects that make a marked difference for our industry.”

The Smart Card Alliance Industry Councils–Access Control, Healthcare, Identity, Payments, Transportation, and new Mobile and NFC–are led by members, with deliverables developed by member volunteers. The Councils have made significant contributions to the smart card industry through publishing education and outreach material for different markets, holding educational events, webinars and workshops on key topics, responding to issues in the media, developing industry comments and positions on key government initiatives, and establishing relationships with other key industry groups.

Council descriptions, chairs, and individuals recognized as the top contributors for each Council are:

Access Control Council

The Access Control Council promotes the widespread acceptance, use, and application of standards-based smart card technology for physical and logical access control

Council Chair

  • Lars Suneborn, Hirsch-Identive
    Top Contributors
  • Salvatore D’Agostino, IDmachines
  • Lolie Kull, HP Enterprise Services
  • Steve Rogers, Intellisoft, Inc.

Healthcare Council

The Healthcare Council offers education and resources on improving security and privacy of patient information, reducing healthcare fraud, supporting new processes for portable medical records, providing secure access to emergency medical information, enabling compliance with government initiatives and mandates, and providing the platform to implement other applications as needed by the healthcare organization.

Council Chair

  • Michael Magrath, Gemalto

Top Contributors

  • David Batchelor, LifeMed ID, Inc.
  • Anna Fernezian, CSC
  • Hugh Gilenson, ABnote Group

Identity Council

The Identity Council encourages the use of digital identities that provide strong authentication across assurance environments through smart credentials–e.g., smart ID cards, mobile devices, enhanced driver’s licenses, and other tokens.

Council Chair:

  • Harold Kocken, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Top Contributors:

  • Salvatore D’Agostino, IDmachines
  • Neville Pattinson, Gemalto
  • Chris Williams, SAIC

Payments Council

The Payments Council informs and educates the market about the value of chip-enabled payments in improving the security of the payments infrastructure and in enhancing the value of payments and payment-related applications for industry stakeholders.

Council Chair:

  • Oliver Manahan, MasterCard Worldwide

Top Contributors:

  • Deborah Baxley, Capgemini USA Inc.
  • Guy Berg, MasterCard Worldwide
  • Simon Hurry, Visa Inc.

Transportation Council

The Transportation Council helps accelerate the deployment of interoperable, standards-based contactless smart card payment systems for transit and other transportation services.

Council Chair:

  • Craig Roberts, Utah Transit Authority

Top Contributors:

  • Michael DeVitto, MTA New York City Transit
  • Jerry Kane, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
  • Mike Nash, Xerox

Mobile and NFC Council

The Mobile and NFC Council, just formed in spring 2012, focuses on raising awareness and accelerating the adoption of payments, loyalty, marketing, promotion/coupons/offers, peer-to-peer, identity, and access control applications using NFC.

Council Chair:

  • Brent Bowen, INSIDE Secure

Due to the recent formation of the Council, the Alliance did not name top contributors for 2012

The Smart Card Alliance also announced its annual Honor Roll, which recognizes the individuals who did outstanding work within the Councils. For 2012, the Honor Roll includes over 90 individuals that were leading contributors to Council projects and activities.

For more information on Smart Card Alliance Industry Councils, and the complete Council Honor Roll for 2012, visit /activities-councils-member-recognition-2012.

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