Smart Card Alliance to Host Symposium on Smart Cards in Government

Smart Card Alliance to Host Symposium on Smart Cards in Government

New York, NY, May 1, 2002–The Smart Card Alliance announced today that it is hosting a two-day symposium to introduce smart card technology to identification security professionals, including government employees, on June 4–5, 2002 in Washington, DC.

“Smart Cards in Government–A Symposium on Secure Identification Initiatives” will provide a comprehensive view of how smart cards are used in secure identification systems. The symposium will feature speakers from industry and the federal government who will explain how smart cards work, what makes them secure and how multiple applications and technologies such as biometrics work together. Speakers will also discuss implementation and best practices.

“This is an excellent opportunity for leaders in government information technology to learn about the efficiency and effectiveness that smart cards can bring to their enterprises,” said Paul Beverly, Smart Card Alliance Chairman. “We’re delighted to bring all of these security and government IT experts into one forum. This is a chance to learn from people who have already implemented smart card solutions.”

Confirmed symposium speakers include:

  • Mary Dixon, Director Common Access Card Office, Department of Defense
  • Shane Ham, Technology Policy Analyst, Progressive Policy Institute
  • Greg Hawrylko, Project Manager, Transportation Security Administration
  • Gilles Lisimaque, Senior Vice President and Co-founder, Gemplus
  • Robert Merkert, Director Strategic Accounts, SCM Microsystems
  • Joe Pilozzi, Business Development Manager, Phillips Semiconductors
  • Matthew Radcliffe, Field Marketing Manager, SchlumbergerSema
  • Tim Russell, Vice President and General Manager, Datakey
  • David Temoshok, PKI Policy Manager, US General Services Administration

The symposium will also feature a panel of experts from federal government agencies–including the General Services Administration, Department of Defense and Transportation Security Administration–who will describe how secure identification initiatives based on smart card technology work in government initiatives.

Smart card industry leaders will host a hands-on demonstration to show how smart card technology can be applied to physical and logical access applications.

Other sessions will address topics such as:

  • General Services Administration interoperability standards
  • Smart cards and privacy
  • Combining smart cards and biometrics
  • Project management and implementation best practices

The symposium will be open to the media. Interested parties should pre-register on-line at /activities-past-conferences or by contacting the Alliance office at 800-556-6828.

The symposium will be held on June 4–5, 2002 at the Hilton Washington & Towers, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The Alliance’s Educational Institute will present a one-day course “Smart Cards 101” as a pre-conference program on June 3. This course features industry-renowned expert speakers and provides an interactive classroom setting where the basics of smart card standards, security, emerging applications, biometrics, and business issues are presented.

For more information about the symposium and “Smart Cards 101,” please visit: /activities-past-conferences.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for profit, multi-industry association of member firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple applications for 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