Smart Card Alliance Webinar to Explore Benefits of Contactless Card and Mobile EMV Payments for US Merchants

Smart Card Alliance Webinar to Explore Benefits of Contactless Card and Mobile EMV Payments for US Merchants

First webinar in two-part series focuses on merchant benefits of contactless EMV payments

Princeton Junction, N.J., September 16, 2016 – Many merchants working towards accepting EMV chip cards for more secure payments have another important decision to make—whether to also accept contactless payments. Merchants can explore the benefits of adding contactless acceptance for mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, as well as EMV dual-interface cards with contactless features by attending an October webinar hosted by the Smart Card Alliance. Attendees will also learn about the value contactless acceptance provides, including how it can improve payments security, transaction speeds, and the customer experience.

The webinar, “Contactless EMV Payments: Merchant Opportunities,” is the first in a two-part series, and will be held on October 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm EDT (10:00 am PDT). To register, visit

Speakers for the October 6 webinar are: Randy Vanderhoof, Smart Card Alliance; Oliver Manahan, Infineon Technologies; Jose Correa, NXP Semiconductors; Allen Friedman, Ingenico Group; and Michele Quinn, First Data.

“Now is the time to add contactless to the mix of options to offer customers when they shop at their favorite businesses. There are a lot of opportunities for merchants to benefit from accepting contactless EMV payments—faster transactions, advanced security, support for all forms of contactless payments including mobile, and others,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “This webinar breaks down each benefit and provides more detail for merchants to learn how to best take advantage of contactless payments.”

Through this webinar, attendees will:

  • Learn why now is the time for business owners to enable their checkout lines for contactless EMV payments, and why contactless EMV payments are different from previous contactless payments adoption efforts
  • Discover benefits of contactless EMV payments for U.S. merchants
  • Benefit from lessons learned through implementations in Australia, Canada and the UK
  • Explore considerations for contactless EMV acceptance of NFC-enabled mobile device and dual-interface chip card implementations

The Smart Card Alliance’s second webinar in the series, “Contactless EMV Payments: Issuer Opportunities,” will focus on benefits of contactless EMV payments with dual-interface cards and NFC-enabled mobile devices for issuers, and will be held on November 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm EDT (10:00 am PDT). To register for the issuer-focused webinar, visit

The webinar series is based on the Smart Card Alliance white paper, “Contactless EMV Payments: Benefits for Consumers, Merchants and Issuers,” developed by the Alliance’s Payments Council. To read the white paper, visit

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


Megan Shamas
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