Smart Card Alliance Expands Payments Summit, Co-Locates With ICMA EXPO to Meet the Needs of a Changing Payments Industry

Topics Range From EMV Chip Payments, Mobile, NFC, Transit, and FinTech, to Card Manufacturing and Personalization Technologies and More

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Dec. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The newly co-located Smart Card Alliance Payments Summit and the ICMA Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO will hit Orlando, Florida next spring as a significantly expanded conference covering EMV chip migration, mobile wallets, NFC, contactless, open transit payment systems, FinTech, card manufacturing and personalization technologies and processes.

For the first time, the Smart Card Alliance and the International Card Manufacturing Association (ICMA) are co-locating events from April 4 to 7, 2016 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, giving attendees a broader perspective from the core manufacturing and personalization of a card to the rapid evolution in secure payments.

“New technologies are reinventing the payments space. This year’s 9th annual Payments Summit has expanded to keep up with the rapidly growing and changing industry, and will look at the latest trends and topics across three dynamic and converging markets — EMV chip payments, mobile payments, and transportation payments,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

Registration for this event includes access to all sessions, the combined exhibition hall and networking events for the Payments Summit and the ICMA EXPO. Members may register through either the Smart Card Alliance or the ICMA to receive member discounts and other benefits. Early registration discounts are available through January 22. To register, visit: or

“Co-locating these events goes a long way towards building relationships across our memberships,” said ICMA Executive Director Jeffrey Barnhart. “ICMA EXPO attendees will have a new opportunity to connect and collaborate with participants across the full spectrum of cards and payments.”

The events will include a joint exhibit hall and opening general session, as well as separate educational tracks on topics including:

  • Payments Solutions. Innovative payments solutions are giving consumers more payment choices, from secure EMV contact and contactless chip payments to new mobile wallets. Attendees will learn how to seize the opportunity to create a more secure, convenient and faster payments world with EMV, mobile and other innovative payments solutions.
  • Transit Payments. Transit agencies big and small are using mobile technology and payments innovation to make mass transit and parking a lot more efficient and convenient. Attendees will discover how payments and transit converge to create a more seamless travel experience for all.
  • FinTech. Attendees will learn how financial technology — also known as FinTech — is reinventing financial services as we know it and creating new opportunities for startups and established industry leaders alike.
  • Card manufacturing and personalization. Topics covered will include industry trends, technology advances, growth opportunities and how to improve manufacturing and personalization and performance.  

For continuing updates on the Payments Summit and related topics, follow @SmartCardOrgUSA on Twitter and use #PaymentsSummit to participate in the conversation. Follow @ICMATweets and use #ICMAEXPO for updates on the ICMA Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO and related topics.

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

About ICMA
Based in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, the International Card Manufacturers Association is a trade organization of card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and vendors. With more than 240 members globally, ICMA serves as a resource for industry issues, including the production, technology, application, security and environmental aspects of plastic cards. More information is available at


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