The Smart Card Alliance announced that it will hold its annual meeting from October 9-11, 2001 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, in McLean, Virginia.
“In light of recent tragic events, we believe the American smart card industry needs to explore the critical role this technology can play in a new era of increased security,” said Alliance Chairman Bill Randle.
The meeting will bring together hundreds of smart card industry leaders and corporate and retail executives to discuss and explore the important opportunities and obstacles facing businesses, government and individuals in the deployment of solutions for digital authentication.
The conference program, entitled “A Future Built on Trust,” will examine three elements that constitute trust among players in the smart card industry within the digital economy: relationships, experiences and security. “Smart card technology is an existing tool that can be helpful in addressing our increased security concerns,” said Alliance President and CEO, Donna Farmer. “Additionally, it is a tool that allows individuals to conveniently manage their own information in a secure and private fashion.”
Confirmed speakers include:
— David Braunschvig, Lazard Freres Managing Director
— Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT), Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus
— Jerry Hultin, Dean of the Stevens Institute of Technology’s Howe School of Technology Management and a Former Naval Undersecretary
— David Langstaff, Veridian Chief Executive Officer.
A complete agenda with speaker information can be found on the Alliance website, .
The conference will begin with a seminar on October 9, 2001 from the Alliance’s Educational Institute. The two-day conference program follows from October 10-11, 2001, and will feature research results and discussions of industry best practices.
About the Smart Card Alliance:
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for profit, multi-industry association of over 185 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 also 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 .
ULTRACARD DRAWS ATTENTION
Upgrade International announced that UltraCard, Inc. a subsidiary of Upgrade that develops high capacity data storage cards, has been contacted by government officials, biometric security firms, and other U.S. industry leaders concerning security uses of the UltraCard technology.
UltraCard executives will meet with government officials in Washington, D.C. next week to demonstrate the technology. The UltraCard when commercially available will have 600 times the data storage capacity of a current 32kb capacity smart cards at a much lower cost. Because of this high storage capacity, the UltraCard can hold any form of personal identification, including, but not limited to: FBI level fingerprints, high-resolution iris scans, voice scans, photographs, and digital signatures. The UltraCard web site ([www.ultracard.com]) will be updated soon with an in-depth white paper covering the details of the use of biometrics, encryption, privacy and security technology that the UltraCard can provide. While no other smartcard currently contains the capacity to hold the variety of security and biometric applications that UltraCard’s capacity will allow once commercially available, the UltraCard will also provide unparalleled privacy. The UltraCard therefore will offer an ideal solution to our government’s efforts to find security technologies that are effective, but that also ensure individual rights and privacy.
UltraCard technology is based on the hard disk drive technology that is employed in over a billion personal computers and other electronic devices. By using this proven technology in a credit-card format, the UltraCard once commercially can provide 20 megabytes of personal identification information without having to access a potentially hackable central database. All the data is stored on a single card that remains in the individual’s possession. The data can provide positive identification for airline security, customs and immigration, public transportation, and government and industrial installations, including the most secure government facilities.
UltraCard is currently developing a pilot project involving many of the applications described above.
Upgrade International Corp. through its ownership interest in UltraCard Inc., Efornet Corp., and cQue Corporation is engaged in the development and commercialization of a patented ultra high capacity portable data storage technology. UltraCard’s patented method for using existing hard disk storage technology provides both highly durable media in a credit card format and an inexpensive read/write device that together will become the next generation in personal portable data storage for a broad range of existing and new markets. Management believes that the UltraCard technology will potentially provide numerous industrial users with a combination of high levels of security and a vastly greater amount of personal transportable data storage at the lowest cost in the industry. In addition the acquisition and development of existing SmartCard solution providers represents a strategic market strategy designed to accelerate the integration of the vastly superior technology inherent in the UltraCard into existing and newly developing markets.