Smart Card Alliance, NFC Forum to host conference

The Smart Card Alliance, a not-for-profit association dedicated to advancing the adoption of smart card technology, recently announced that it will partner with the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that focuses on developing specifications and educating the market about Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and its applications, to co-host a conference next spring.

According to a statement, the NFC conference will focus on the state of the technology, NFC ecosystem development, use cases for NFC-enabled applications, NFC implementation, and the North American and international markets for the technology.

"The development of NFC-based applications and services has gone through dramatic change in the last few months, and 2012 is going to be the year when many new business partnerships, technologies and applications will hit the market," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "We are launching this new conference in response to the industry’s demand for more education and networking opportunities around NFC. We are looking forward to building a conference agenda that explores the many exciting NFC-enabled applications that enrich consumers’ lives, including payments, coupons, loyalty, ticketing, IT network and building access, identity and healthcare."

A date and location for the conference will be announced later this year.