The third annual CARTES
SECURE CONNEXIONS AMERICA finished its three-day run here in Las
Vegas with more than 2,000 attendees from the secure payment,
identification and mobile technologies industries discussing the
critical issues driving these markets. With an expanded exhibition hall
to accommodate the 166 exhibitors (a more than 20 percent increase over
last year), this year's CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS AMERICA hosted more
than 80 educational sessions during 6
conference tracks and 5
Keynote sessions featured speakers from the e-payment, smart card and
diital retailing industries including: Patty Walters from Vantiv
outlining strategies to meet next year's EMV compliance; Patrick
Gauthier of PayPal sharing a vision of an omni-channel payment
infrastructure; Dominique Piotet from Rebellion Lab explaining a digital
360 degree consumer retail engagement model; Ben Milner of Dwolla
detailing his company's internet-based consumer-to-retailer payment
strategy; and Steven Singer of ABnote talking about how HCE will drive
EMV adoption and mobile contactless payment.
Another highlight of this year's conference was Tuesday night's American
SESAMES Awards recognizing technology innovation for smart cards,
digital security, identification, secure transactions and contactless
technology developed for the U.S. market. This year's winners included
Oberthur Technologies, SkimProt, and Zwipe AS for e-payment and access
This year's expanded exhibition hall also included a new "Emerging
Payments and Financial Services Pavilion" with 17 participants
showcasing new point-of-sale and mobile payment advances. In addition, a
dozen French companies participated in the "French Pavilion"
sponsored by Ubifrance.
The event attracted an international following with more than 50
countries represented, with the United States of America, Canada and
Mexico leading the attendance. More than 47 percent of C-level
executives attending were from the banking, finance and smart card
"This year again we've seen a great dialogue about where the secure
payment and identification market is going; both the converging and
diverging views about the technology and market paths we should adopt,"
said Isabelle Alfano, event director. "CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS AMERICA
is all about sharing game-changing thinking and technologies shaping
secure payment, access and identification markets."
Next year's CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS AMERICA will again be hosted in Las
Vegas from April 28-30, 2015.
The CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS Network encompasses the leading
international and regional exhibitions and conferences devoted to smart
technologies. From its beginnings in Paris in 1985, CARTES SECURE
CONNEXIONS has grown to become the world's number one security and
payment event, gathering 450 exhibitors and over 20,000 visitors from
142 countries. CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS exhibitions and conferences also
take place in Asia and North America. CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS events
are organized by COMEXPOSIUM, one of the European leaders in the
organization of trade fairs.
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