The 2008 Edition Of Smart Card Technology International Is Now Out

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Latest annual guide to the smart card industry identifies contactless cards, ecommerce security, government ID programs and epassports, megaSIMs and near field communication as the key trends that will drive the market forwards in the year ahead.

Contactless cards, online payments security and mobile communications are expected to be the key drivers of the smart card market in 2008, according to Smart Card Technology International 2008. Published each year since 1993, this annual guide to the industry highlights the most important developments in the year gone by and identifies the key trends that will drive the market forwards in the year ahead.

For 2008, the main drivers within each of the key smart card markets are identified as:

  •      Financial services: Contactless cards, ecommerce and online banking security, prepaid and gift cards
  •      ID Credentials: Government ID programs, epassports, health record cards
  •      Transit & Ticketing: multi-model interoperability
  •      Telecoms: megaSIMs, value added services

This new edition of Smart Card Technology International also includes a special section devoted to near field communication, highlighting the enormous impact that this emerging technology is expected to have on the smart card industry. The 2008 edition also looks at the emerging importance of multi-application cards, includes an analysis of the smart card chip market and provides a comprehensive directory of smart card industry suppliers.

Contributors to this year's edition include senior executives from associations, trade bodies and companies all around the world including Visa, Frost & Sullivan, NFC Forum, Innovision, NXP, ViVOtech, Valimo Wireless, SanDisk, GlobalPlatform, Texas Instruments, VeriFone, Renesas, Nomad Payments, Spartanics, Xiring, Hitachi, Thales, Ecebs, Infineon, Aware, Siemens, ACT Canada, Smart Card Alliance, Eurosmart, Smartex, Smart Card Forum of China, ICMA, System Plus Consulting and the Smart Card Society of South Africa.

"2008 is shaping up to be an important year for the smart card industry, particularly in the mobile arena where we expect to see NFC and megaSIMs having a major impact," says Sarah Clark, editor of Smart Card Technology International. "The use of smart cards to increase ecommerce security and reduce online fraud is also expected to grow significantly around the world this year. Elsewhere, the successful introduction of contactless cards in many countries during 2007 is set to continue in 2008 whilst the government ID and transit ticketing markets both look strong."

Smart Card Technology International 2008 runs to a total of 212 full colour A4 pages. It is available either as a printed book or a digital download at a cost of £45 (US$89/€60 approx) plus an additional £10 (US$20/€13 approx) shipping for the printed version. For further information, to view a full table of contents or information on how to order please visit Journalists can obtain a review copy by emailing Sarah Clark.

About the publishers:

Smart Card Technology International is published by Global Projects Group, a UK based specialist publisher founded in 1993. As well as producing Smart Card Technology International, Global Projects Group publishes smart card news throughout the year on its website at and organises the NFC World Congress. The editor of Smart Card Technology International is Sarah Clark, a veteran smart card industry analyst who has been tracking developments in the international smart card industry for over twenty years.


Sarah Clark, Editor
Global Projects Group
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