PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Jan. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. will see significant changes in the coming years as the payments industry moves to EMV chip technology and introduces new mobile payment technologies such as NFC. Payment executives looking for best practices for implementing these next-generation payment technologies and approaches should attend a full-day workshop, "The Changing U.S. Payments Landscape: The Impact of EMV and Mobile on the Payments Acceptance Infrastructure," prior to attending the 2014 Smart Card Alliance Payments Summit.

The interactive workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2014, prior to the Payments Summit on Feb. 5-7 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. For a detailed description and to register, visit

"Big changes are in store for the U.S. payments industry as card issuers, retailers and transit agencies look to implement EMV chip technology ahead of the October 2015 shift in fraud liability. At the same time, interest in mobile payment and acceptance is growing," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of key new technologies and payment approaches and how they can best implement them in their own organizations. Participation in this workshop will provide in-depth information about technologies that will be featured throughout the remainder of the Payments Summit program."

Workshop attendees can expect detailed discussions of the impact of EMV chip payments on merchant acceptance, in-depth sessions on mobile technologies and mobile NFC payments, and descriptions of impact on and opportunities for retailers and transit agencies. The day will conclude with a stakeholder panel where leading organizations will discuss their perspectives on the future of the U.S. payments industry. Workshop sessions are:

  • The U.S. Payments Landscape: Key Technology and Trends
  • Fundamentals of EMV Payments
  • EMV Payments: Changes at the Point of Sale
  • The Mobile Point of Sale: New Acceptance Approaches
  • Mobile Payments - The Battle of Approaches
  • Mobile NFC Payments
  • Card-Not-Present Transactions
  • Payments Strategy Considerations for Retailers
  • Payments Considerations for Transit
  • Stakeholder Panel: The Impact of EMV and Mobile on the U.S. Payments Industry  

The 7th Annual Smart Card Alliance Payments Summit is the industry's leading forum for smart, secure payment technology, implementation and markets. The three-day event will feature senior experts from all three leading payments transaction infrastructures: EMV chip card payments, mobile payments and transit payments. Registration, up-to-date agenda, exhibition and sponsorship details can be found at

Follow @SmartCardOrgUSA on Twitter to get up-to-date news about the 2014 Payments Summit and the pre-conference workshop, and get involved in the conversation by using #PaymentsSummit.

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

Megan Shamas
Montner & Associates Tech PR