Please see below for links to other organizations which support the advanced card technology and applications industry:
AFPC is the French Association of Card Manufacturers and Service Bureau founded in 1988. It represents the professionals of the smart card and plastic card industry in France. AFPC is an independent and autonomous association, which has evolved from the need to oversee the entire range of processes associated with card production and use.
European Experts in Electronic Transactions (EESTEL)
EESTEL is an association of independent experts in the field of smart card technologies and electronic transactions, which means to fulfill its mission by offering a complete range of products and services. EESTEL was born in 1998 from the need of large organisations to find full competence, and experience in an entity independent from larger industrial and financial groups. Since then, the association has always been working on major projects (consultancy for payment systems) and delivering products (production test tools) all over the world.
EUROSMART is an international association located in Brussels representing the Voice of the Smart Card Industry for multi-sector applications (created in 1995). The Association is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the world's smart card market, developing smart card standards and continuously improving quality and security applications. Manufacturers of smart cards, semiconductors, terminals, equipment for smart cards system integrators, application developers and issuers gather and work into dedicated working groups on security, marketing, and communication issues. Through its activities, Eurosmart actively support the development of the smart card business and act as a catalyst and forum for the smart card stakeholders.
Driven by its member organizations, with cross industry representation from all world continents, GlobalPlatform is the worldwide leader in smart card infrastructure development. Its proven and interoperable technical specifications for cards, devices and systems are known as the standard for smart card infrastructure. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, GlobalPlatform's strategy is defined and prioritized by a member elected Board of Directors.
International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA)
The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) serves the dynamic plastic card industry and the various companies and organizations involved in manufacturing and personalizing these cards. Billions of plastic cards now fill pockets and purses throughout the world. As the complexity of card manufacturing and applications has increased, so have the production, standards, quality, security and environmental issues surrounding the cards. The need to bring together these diverse elements of the plastic card industry led to the formation of the ICMA.
International Smart Card Associations Network (ISCAN)
ISCAN - is an international alliance of independent Smart Card associations combining manufacturers, systems integrators, issuers, potential issuers and economic or social actors involved in the Smart Card activities. ISCAN's major purpose is to support the proliferation of Smart Card usage worldwide by promoting results of tasks and facilitating exchanges of views between participating national, continental and global member Associations. By gathering their own experience worldwide, ISCAN will be a major forum to focus on strategic and technical issues and to form a global view of the Smart Card industry.
National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU)
The National Association of Campus Card Users was formed in 1993 to provide a responsive, diversified source of campus card related information and services. NACCU membership is open to all colleges, universities, secondary institutions and companies that are involved with the campus card market.
Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for profit, multi-industry association of member firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple application 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. For more information contact the Alliance at 1-800-556-6828 or via email at email@example.com.
Smart Card Forum of India
Smart Card Forum of India (SCAFI), is a not for profit association of smart card vendors, systems integrators, chip manufacturers, terminal/reader manufacturers, professionals and smart card users in India. SCAFI was launched in 1999 to promote Smart Card technology and its applications in India and to help formulate national goals for sustained and vibrant smart card industry in the country.
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