The Smart Card
Alliance has opened nominations for its prestigious “Outstanding Smart
Card Achievement” (OSCA) awards, announcing two new categories honoring
innovative products and services in payments and security markets. The
2010 OSCA awards will be presented during the Smart Card Alliance 2010
Annual Conference, May 17th through the 20th at the Camelback Marriott
Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“North America has been leading the smart card industry in recent years,
with some of the most exciting new innovations for payments and security
being developed, piloted and deployed in this region,” said Randy
Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “With the
OSCAs, we recognize those companies and individuals that have been vital
to these achievements, and showcase them to the world.”
All specific criteria for each award, as well as eligibility
requirements and nomination forms, can be found on the Smart Card
Alliance OSCA award Web site. All nominations must be received by April
26, 2010. Nominations are open in four award categories — three for
organizations and one for an individual:
Outstanding Issuing Organization Award. This award will be presented to
an organization that is issuing smart card technology to its internal
clients or external customers for their use in North America.
Outstanding Innovation in Payments Technology Award. This award will go
to an innovative new, or existing payments-related product or service
using smart card technology for use in a payments application.
Outstanding Innovation in Security Technology Award. This award will go
to an innovative new, or existing security-related product or service
using smart card technology for use in an identification,
authentication, or access security application.
Outstanding Individual Leadership Award. This award will be presented to
an individual who stands out for his or her individual contributions to
the smart card industry in North America based on a professional record
of leadership, vision, support and commitment to the smart card industry.
A judging panel, consisting of North American smart card industry
suppliers and end-users along with individuals from the analyst and
media communities, will review all qualified OSCA applications and
select three finalists in each category based on the nominee’s merits
and qualities outlined in the applications. The judging panel will apply
a score for each nominee that will rank the three finalists in each
category and the combined results will determine the winner, the
runner-up, and the honorable mention award winners for 2010.
The 2010 OSCA winners will be announced at the Smart Card Alliance Gala
Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 18th at the Camelback Marriott Hotel in
Scottsdale. The 2009 OSCA Award winners are on the Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance 2010 Annual Conference will address “Smart Cards
in Action,” focusing on the issuers and users of smart card technology
in payments, security, and mobile markets. Further information about the
conference, with links to event information and registration web site
containing the complete agenda, list of exhibitors and registered
attendees to date, and full registration details are available on the
Smart Card Alliance Web site.
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 http://www.smartcardalliance.org.
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