The Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA) has signed a five-year agreement with Florida State University (FSU) – Panama for the development of an industry “Integrated Circuit Card (ICC) Center of Excellence.” The Center will expand smart card-based education programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Through this agreement, SCALA and FSU – Panama will create a comprehensive Center of Excellence to train and certify existing and new executives in the industry on smart card technology and its applications in financial, healthcare, identity, security, transportation and telecommunications industries. The Center will also aim to develop FSU – Panama students into new industry professionals through SCALA educational programs and internships at smart card-related companies. Other planned deliverables include industry reports and smart card training materials for other educational institutions.
Millions of smart cards are in use today in Latin America and the Caribbean in EMV chip cards, mobile payments, e-passports, smart transit fare cards, secure government, healthcare, enterprise IDs and more.
The agreement expands SCALA’s ongoing efforts to provide essential education to promote smart card technology throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
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