American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa Outline U.S. EMV Migration and Global Payments Trends with Keynotes at the Smart

American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa Outline U.S. EMV Migration and
Global Payments Trends with Keynotes at the Smart Card Alliance Payments

Keynotes highlight an agenda packed with EMV, mobile and transit payments

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Dec. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The progress of
U.S. EMV migration, mobile payments, and open transit payments initiatives
will fill the agenda when senior leaders from American Express, Discover,
Isis, MasterCard, Visa and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) take the stage for
keynote presentations at the Smart Card Alliance 2013 Payments Summit. The
6^th annual Summit is being held February 5-7, 2013, with an optional ski
event on February 3^rd and pre-conference workshops on February 4^th, in Salt
Lake City, Utah at the Grand America Hotel.

The complete details about the agenda, registration and exhibition sponsorship
details can be found at Early registration discounts
expire on December 20^th.

"What a difference a year makes - last year, more than 500 executives gathered
at the Payments Summit to learn about the brand-new announcements of EMV
roadmaps, mobile payments initiatives, and open transit deployments," said
Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "Now, these
initiatives are in full swing and a new payments ecosystem is a becoming
reality in the United States. This year we'll learn first-hand about the
progress of the positive changes happening in the U.S. payments industry from
the experts that are leading them, and the steps necessary to move all of
these initiatives forward."

The three-day "all payments" event will feature senior experts from every
leading transaction platform: EMV card payments, mobile payments, and transit
payments. After the opening day keynote presentations and discussion panels,
the remainder of the conference agenda will be divided into three concurrent
tracks on these topics and answer these questions:

   -- EMV in the United States. The U.S. is the world's largest payments
ecosystem and the migration to EMV - the global secure payments standard - has
now begun in earnest. How can the industry provide clarity for banks, credit
unions, issuers and merchants on the steps they need to take to make this
migration successful?

   -- NFC and Mobile Payments. Major Near Field Communication (NFC)
programs are underway with Google and Isis, and NFC-enabled handsets for
consumers are on the shelves. How will the "wallet wars" evolve? Will virtual
wallets in the cloud change the course ahead? Will consumers and retailers be
responsive to the technology?

   --Transit Open Loop Payments. Transit operators from major cities
nationwide have announced ambitious plans to upgrade their fare collection
systems to move beyond pilots and begin roll-outs accepting open bank card
payments that are expected to include contactless payment cards, stickers, and
NFC-enabled mobile devices. Can smaller transit operators participate too?
Which cities are going to be next? Which business strategy will shape the
future for procurement and operations? How will mobile payments and EMV
impact the transit industry?

Prior to the conference, the Smart Card Alliance is offering an educational
workshop on February 4^th, "How EMV Changes Payment: Impact on Transit,
Retail, and Mobile Acceptance Infrastructure." The same day, the Alliance
will host meetings of the members-only EMV Migration Forum working committees,
and hold its all day payments training course for individuals planning to take
the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) exam. The exam will
take place on February 6^th at 5:15 p.m.

Skiers can come early and join in on Sunday's "Day on the Slopes" at Solitude
Mountain Resort that includes lift tickets, games, meals and a networking
reception. Visit the Payments Summit event page for more details at

Follow news about the 2013 Payments Summit and more by following the Smart
Card Alliance on Twitter @SmartCardOrgUSA, Facebook at Smart Card Alliance,
and LinkedIn at Smart.Payments.

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

CONTACT: Deb Montner
         Montner & Associates
         dmontner AT

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