The Global Chipcard Alliance (GCA), continuing its mission of promoting alliances within the smart card industry, Monday announced initiatives resulting from the first Smart Card Global Summit, held with the support of the Smart Card Forum (SCF) and the Smart Card Industry Association (SCIA). The first in a series of bi-annual Global Summits, held on November 1-2 in Long Beach, Calif., the summit made smart card history by drawing leading non-profit smart card organizations together to guarantee the continued success of the industry. Other participants included The Advanced Card Technology Association of Canada (ACT Canada), The Dutch National Chipcard Platform (NCP), The OpenCard Consortium, and The Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA). Attending organizations unanimously agreed to work together on five initiatives that will ensure continued worldwide success of smart cards as well as fuel developments in smart card interoperability and consumer privacy.
“Industry collaboration on initiatives such as consumer protection, a common infrastructure, and security is vital to the growth of global smart card adoption,” said David Anastasi, president of the GCA and vice president & general manager of U S WEST Public Access Solutions & Smart Card Division. “By founding and hosting the first Global Summit, we are proud to have begun the process of bringing key industry organizations together to collectively address obstacles hampering the global adoption of smart cards. We forsee an effort in which summit participants share a common vision and support the designed initiatives and then spread them at a grassroots level locally and internationally. Through business alliances and industry collaboration we can conquer the challenges that lie ahead for the industry,” added Anastasi.
Participants agreed to co-operate on five initiatives and designated representatives from individual organizations to ensure continued focus after the Summit. In addition, they plan to develop a collection of tutorials on the state of the industry, smart card technologies, interoperability issues, privacy concerns, and security options. These tutorials will be made available throughout 1999. The collaborative initiatives that participants agreed upon include:
— Industry-wide collaboration among non-profit smart card organizations — Development of a framework designed to create a common vision — Consumer privacy — Interoperability — Technology infrastructure
“Our goal is to examine what it will take to make interoperable smart card platforms feasible worldwide,” said William J. Barr, Chairman of the Board of the SCF and Executive Director of Information Networking at Bellcore. “We look forward to working with our partners across industry sectors to overcome the technological and political hurdles to maximize the potential for global smart card use.”
“SCIA will help support these efforts to establish ways to enhance smart card industry-wide collaboration,” said Dan Cunningham, president of SCIA. “Collaboration is the keystone to establishing a global smart card community that will guarantee smart card use worldwide.”
The Smart Card Global Summit participants have agreed to host future summits on a bi-annual basis with informal meetings or conference calls when needed. Upcoming Smart Card Global Summits are to be held at Card Tech/Secure Tech in Chicago, May 1999 and Cartes 99 in Paris, November 1999.
“This smart card summit was a unique opportunity to work with other leading non-profit card organizations,” said J. van Arkel, Secretary General of The Dutch National Chipcard Platform.
“We anticipate increased interest and involvement as we continue to meet around the world.”
The Global Summit welcomes additional non-profit smart card industry participants and sponsors. For more information, contact Sheryle Wells at [email@example.com].
Note: David Anastasi, president of the GCA is chairing Cards UK’98 in Birmingham, UK on November 24 and is speaking on the future evolution of smart card technology.
About The Global Chipcard Alliance (GCA)
The Global Chipcard Alliance was established in 1996 and comprises 30 member companies worldwide. Its mission, to create an environment that accelerates the development of multi-functional smart card (chipcard) technology and related applications. The GCA fosters business alliances that have a commitment to worldwide, open interoperable networks, public advocacy, the endorsement of standards and specifications, and advancement of cross- industry multiple-applications and solutions, electronic commerce, and communications-enabled applications and solutions. For more information on the Global Chipcard Alliance visit its Website at [http://www.chipcard.org].
About The Smart Card Forum (SCF)
The Smart Card Forum is a multi-industry organization of 200 members working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple application smart card technology by bringing together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors. For more information about the SCF, please visit their website at [http://www.smartcardforum.org].
About The Smart Card Industry Association (SCIA)
The Smart Card Industry Association is a global trade association active in the smart card industry which strives to stimulate the adoption, use, understanding and innovation of smart card technology in the marketplace. For more information about the SCIA, please visit their website at .
About The Advanced Card Technology Association of Canada (ACT Canada)
The Advanced Card Technology Association of Canada represents more than 100 members from around the world. A non-profit association formed in 1989, ACT Canada represents all advanced card technologies, including smart cards. Its mandate is to promote broad based acceptance of the technology and related applications. In this role, ACT Canada is not an industry association or user group, but provides a voice for the technologies themselves. In this capacity, ACT Canada works with legislators, regulators, governments, corporations and the media.
About The Dutch National Chipcard Platform
For information on the National Chipcard Platform visit its website at , or contact the organization directly at Postbus 262, 2260 AG Leidschendam, telephone 31-70-3010817 or fax 31-70-3206614.
About The OpenCard Consortium (OCC)
The OpenCard Consortium was formed in early 1998 to address the interoperability of smart cards and computing devices. The Consortium has developed the OpenCard Framework (OCF) as an open standard providing architecture and a set of APIs that enable application developers and service providers to build and deploy smart card-based solutions in any OpenCard- compliant environment. With 15 current members and growing, the Consortium brings together the technology providers as well as smart card users, with the objective of insuring that the specifications meet the requirements of all stakeholders. Based on Java technology, OCF provides a common interface for both the smart card reader and the application on the card, with enhanced portability and interoperability. Additional information on the OpenCard Consortium is available on the World Wide Web at .
About Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA)
PCMCIA is an international standards body and trade association for the modular peripheral industry. Founded in 1989 to establish standards for interface cards, the association promotes the interoperability of handheld devices where ruggedness, low power and small size are critical. The PC Card standard is used in applications ranging from notebook computers and handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) to digital cameras, smart cellular phones and set-top boxes. In addition to the PC Card standard, PCMCIA manages the Miniature Card, Smart Media, CardBus and emerging Card X standards. Based in San Jose, California, the association has more than 300 member companies worldwide. More information about PC Card products and specifications can be obtained from the PCMCIA Website at .