March 19, 2012

Inaugural CARTES in North America Expo & Conference
wraps up in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS--The inaugural CARTES in North America event wrapped up last week in Las Vegas, Nev. with nearly 2,000 attendees from 54 countries and a sold-out roster of 120 exhibitors. With the Americas gearing up for EMV and NFC implementations in the coming year and beyond, participants gathered to discuss the issues driving these markets within the 70 session topics, hear fresh research on payment card shipments and consumer demand for mobile payments, and see new solutions and services from technology providers.

“Given the response by attendees to our conference sessions and range of technologies highlighted by our exhibitors, it’s clear that the North American market remains a driving force in the global deployment for smart technologies including mobile payment, NFC and IT security, ” said Isabelle Alfano, Event Director of CARTES in North America. “We look forward to expanding the event in 2013 and to bringing participants the latest insights from the leading smart technologies authorities.”

Some of the highlights of CARTES in North America included new data from the Munich-based Smart Payment Association on the number of EMV payment cards shipped worldwide passing the 1 billion mark in 2011. Paris, France-based Ipsos also released research on consumer sentiment surrounding mobile payments in the U.S. and Canada and plans a major study on North America consumer readiness and interest in mobile payments later this month. More than 20 exhibitors issued announcements on new products or services at the show now available on the CARTES News Site.

According to Venture Development Corporation’s analysts’ blog post covering CARTES in North America, “it has been an interesting, informative and well attended event.”

View more show highlights at .

The next CARTES event from COMEXPOSIUM is CARTES in Asia which takes place March 28-29, 2012 in Hong Kong. The CARTES 2012 Exhibition and Conference is November 6-8, 2012 in Paris, France. The 2013 CARTES in North America event will be held in Las Vegas, Nev. in the first half of the year.



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